Q & A: Bloomington South’s Matt Carlino

  • 10/20/2009 12:56 pm in

carlino071109_optAustin Etherington wasn’t the only 2011 commitment at Assembly Hall for Friday’s Hoosier Hysteria. Matt Carlino, who moved to Bloomington over the summer and will play at South this season, attended his second straight opening IU practice. Inside the Hall caught up with Carlino on Monday evening for a Q & A:

On last year’s atmosphere at Hoosier Hysteria versus this year:

I thought it was a lot more comfortable because Coach Crean has gotten to know the town really well and they’ve gotten to know him. This year people have more of an idea of where we’re at and where we’re going.

On how the adjustment has been moving from Arizona to Bloomington:

The adjustment’s been good. It’s just more time indoors which means equals more time in the gym. I’ve gotten along with all my teammates really well. They’re all really good guys. And all the coaches on the staff are really great. The school aspect is actually a little harder.

On the benefit of playing in open gyms at IU:

It’s really fun. It’s challenging, so that’s always fun. It shows me that basically I need to work on my strength because they’re way stronger. Other than that, it’s just fun playing with all of the IU guys and then watching them play during the season.

On his relationship with Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller:

Me and Austin have a really good relationship as do me and Cody. I try to Cody once a month maybe. This month I’ve talked to him more since I’ve been seeing him lately. We need a big man, he’s not just a strict big, but just a guy that size is so valuable. He can play really well. That’d be awesome if he came.

On the fan support at Hoosier Hysteria after IU went 6-25 a season ago:

I think they’re crazy. (Laughs.) I’m just kidding. It just shows how much everyone cares about the basketball there and it shows a lot when you can get that much support. As a player, you’ve just got to work hard. You don’t get that everywhere, at all. There’s not anywhere that I know of that would go on. For the fans to be that loyal, you’ve got to be loyal to your commitment to the program.

On the keys to a successful season at Bloomington South:

We just need to play to the best of our ability I think. Defense is huge, always. And rebounding. If we can play to the best of our ability, we’re going to be tough to hang with. There’s a lot of other good teams out there that if they play to the best of their ability, they’re really good too. It will be a fun year.

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  • gotta love this kid. he's the poster boy for having iu pride. he's always wanted to be a hoosier and his entire family is about that too. they didn't commit because they moved, they moved because he commited. they also don't have unreasonable expectations that the iu offense has to flow thru him, he just wants to be part of the team and win, whatever the role. he's got the same mentality as those indiana born kids whos dream is to play for iu and he knows how special it is. they don't like at iu as the stepping stone but rather the destination. nothing like having solid bball players on your team with a team-first mentality rather than me first. i've known a lot of D1 bball players and almost all of them think me-first. and that's what i love about majority of players crean is getting under his regime, team first players.

  • JerryCT

    Hopefully he and Etherington can become co- Randy Whitmans

  • stevealford

    I think Carlino is good enough he could come in and get some minutes now. I am looking forward to him playing for us. Hopefully he can talk his buddy Zeller into joining the 11 class. Cody would fit in perfectly. We need a big who can actually play basketball.

  • GFDave

    I was thinking the same about Etherington as far as Wittman is concerned, but I think Austin may not have the same rugged frame that Randy did. If he develops the same shot and sense of the game we would be very happy. Carlino is too small to be Wittman. Randy was 6' 7″.

  • Kelin Blab

    It seems like it is a full court press with Carlino and Etherington to get Zeller to IU. I think it could very well happen. I think Carlino is one of the kids in this upcoming classes with 2011 and 2012 I really look forward too and I am glad I will get to him play this year…..Carlino v Teague in January should be nice……

  • Off-topic: A couple of people have told me they've had problems recently getting the site to load or are experiencing slow load times. Anyone noticing any problems?

  • Kelin Blab

    no problems this way….works fine….

  • BFowler

    It seems to come and go. I seem to have more problems during the day (peak time maybe).

  • Any details on what the problem is? Just trying to see if I can figure this out.

  • BFowler

    The bar along the bottom of the screen will tell me “error loading”, “Done, but with errors”, messages like that. It seems the loading takes some time in the beginning, then it will just come up really slowly, with the messages on the bottom. The content on the right of the screen (the exterrnal links and the ads) seem to take the longest to load, it may be because of the cyclical nature of the ads or the ones that have moving content across the top cause the most problems. Any time I log on the a Gannett newspaper site it does the same thing for me. I do not have a cable modem, it is DSL, so I do not know if I just do not have enough burst or a strong enough stream to handle all the media, but it has been loading very slowly lately.

  • Are you in Firefox or Internet Explorer? If Internet Explorer, which version? Might have something to do with it.

  • BFowler

    I am looking forward to a Matt and Austin backcourt in about 3 years. I have never seen Austin play, and only highlights of Matt, but I am excited to know they are coming and they want to be here and they are Indiana High School basketball kids (now for Matt). There has always been something I have enjoyed about following a kid's high school career right to IU. If they can come close to the backcourt of Thomas-Whittman, we will have something big going there.

    On the Zeller front, it would be nice to have another talented big from Indiana on the team, and I hope the three of them want to continue their careers together. Hopefully, the Spiece kids joining Indiana Elite next AAU season will feel the same way. I still believe that the way to win in college is to have outstanding guards with blue collar (rebounding, stuffing the lane, blocking shots) bigs is the way to win in college. I am hoping Elston-Capo-Pritch-Miniru will provide us that. Hopefully the backcourt of Carlino-Etherington will take us to the top.

  • JerryCT

    To your point. UCONN won had some championship seasons with exactly that combo. Scoring guards/wings and Emeka Okafor running the floor, defending and rebounding . This is what we can hope for Bawa to deliver…………………. the missing ingredient to a Calhoun/Boeheim/Nova type Big East offense

  • GFDave

    Totally agree. If Bawa gets to the Okafor level, watch out!

  • BFowler

    Explorer 8. It could just be me because I have 5 or 1,000 apps running all at the same time, but I have noticed this site laods slower than others.

  • BFowler

    I think definitely especially if you look at recent champions, you could point to one inside guy who was a real player (Hansborough '09, Arthur '08, Noah/Horford '06-'07, Sean May '05, and Okefor '04), but to me the team was not great until they had great guards/wings (Lawson/Ellington, Collins/Chalmers, Brewer/Green, Felton/McCants, Gordon/Anderson). I think the great players are (any more) the great guars and wings.

  • Thanks for the feedback. I'll look into optimizing the load time on the site.

  • stevealford

    Comparing Bawa to Okafor is pretty extreme.
    I'll be surprised if he gets any significant minutes this year… or any year.
    Is he even eligible yet?

  • GFDave

    No question. Its more aspirational than anything else.

    But I do think he'll develop and see minutes by his junior year. I'm pretty confident in that. He moves well and is so strong, the basic athleticism, combined with size will get him that far. Scoring points consistently? Probably not, but there's time.

    Not eligible yet.

  • JerryCT

    I saw Okafor tons of times live and on TV. For his first 2 years he did not start or play alot of minutes but what he did was run the floor like a deer, set picks, defend and block shots. He only scored on garbage………..In his last 2 years he developed all of that into an art form.

    Yes its an extreme wish but by Bawa's junior year he could do those things.