That’s A Wrap: TIJAN

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our attempt to um, wrap up the 2009-10 season. Sit back. Relax. Grab some popcorn. Get your read on.

Final Stats (22 games): 108 minutes, 8 points, 14 rebounds, 26 fouls, literally thousands of fans’ hearts won.

Yes, sadly, it is that time. You might want to hit the DVR and grab a box of tissues, because we here at Inside the Hall are *sniffle* about to say our last goodbyes to Tijan Jobe.

I should probably lead this column off with a link to another piece of mine, written in the yesteryear of my misspent youth. I’m only doing it, really, to make you laugh, and because Jordan Cohen would call me on it if I didn’t.

So here it is: “Three reasons I love Tijan Jobe“.

Yes, yes, I know. It amazes me too. It really is shocking that there were only three.

In all seriousness, Tijan Jobe, all seven feet of him, will never be remembered for his statistics. But he had his moments. Like the time he waved his arms and nearly took down Lucas Oil Stadium after a nasty block against Gonzaga. Or when he played the top of the 1-3-1 for one play, a strategy that should have been used again but never was.

Yes, Mr. Jobe was a fan favorite — a badge he wore well — and by all accounts, worked as hard as any player who wore the uniform while he was in college.

We usually separate this exercise into a quick season synopsis, and then a bottom line. But with Jobe, it’s honestly hard to talk about his season without seeming like we’re picking at him. So here’s the bottom line:

He was never prolific, and he was never expected to be. Jobe was a placeholder, a scholarship that — while perhaps not as productive as most given out at IU in wins or points or championships — was intended to be filled by someone who would carry himself and represent his program in the best way possible wherever he could. By all accounts, Jobe never disappointed.

The road was not without tragedy, unfortunately. Jobe’s mother died in The Gambia, his home, during the season, and he could not go home for her funeral. But ever polite and stoic, Jobe honored his mother at his senior night, an event at which he was without doubt the starring attraction. (Jobe Cuervo)

Through it all, Jobe also earned a college degree, an importance we too often forget in the high-stakes, high-dollar world of college athletics. And while that may seem simplistic, remember this is a young man who just came to America six years ago. Now he’s going to matriculate at Indiana University. That should speak for itself.

And maybe, some time next year, when there’s a down moment or the game is nearly over and not that close, maybe the fans could start a “Ti-jan Jobe” chant? One more time, for me? OK, for Dollinger, then?

  • JerryCT

    Nice 'wrap”. I love our characters on the team and hope we always have room for the guys like Jobe, Taber, Bawa, Suhr etc

  • FightingHoosiers

    …and of course the king of them all: “A-J-Mo-Ye, clap clap clap-clap-clap”

  • IUMIKE1

    JerryCT, totally agree. When we looking for basically a warm body that knew what a basketball was, would actually go to class, pass by more than just barely enough and represent IU in a respectable way he did all that and more. This is also a young man that, coming from where he did just a few short years ago, will always be appreciative of the opportunity afforded him. I'm not saying that the other players will/do not appreciate theirs but Tijan more than likely appreciates his in a way that most of the others are not able too simply because that they did not travel the same road to get to IU. Feel like this is the kind of person we want representing IU now and down the road.

    Thank you Tijan and good luck in all your future endeavors.

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    Got love Jobe….any word on Wilkins?

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Nothing yet. I believe he was still visiting yesterday.

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    Thanks Alex….seems like everyone is watching highscool basketball or they are burnt out from moses.

  • GFDave

    I hope the experience for Tijan was positive and that he will have fond memories of IU.

    A John Wilkins video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onD0Bx4eHy8

    Judging by this video, I doubt that the Belgium Baller is a back to the basket player. But is does seem long and athletic. Baylor went a long way with guys like that this year.

  • JerryCT

    If Wilkins thinks he would be the best “dunker' on the team he will be really disappointed when he sees Victor “360” Olapido do his thing

  • SeattleHoosier

    I saw Crean interview two of the team's academic advisors on Big Ten Network. Both of them said Jobe was the type of person that they would want to work for. While he may have been a small part of the IU basketball tradition, I have a feeling he'll be a big part of something else…and that's what IU is all about!

  • marcusgresham

    Sure he didn't play, but like IUMike said, the appreciation factor may, just may come back in a positive way for the program some day. Certainly Tijan was no star, but there is talent in Africa, and should he go home to live he may, some day, see a kid with talent and steer him in the direction of the place that was so good to him.

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