Tom Crean talks Cody Zeller and Austin Etherington

  • 11/11/2010 7:19 pm in

Per a release from IU Media Relations, here’s Tom Crean’s comments this early evening about his latest recruit, Cody Zeller:

“When I look at Cody Zeller, I see a great teammate. I see a young man that has mental toughness that is not normal. I see a young man that has endurance and a will about him that is going to pay dividends at Indiana and for many years after that. Obviously he is a year-round winner from the programs that he is in. He plays for one of the finest coaches in all of high school basketball in Gene Miiller and the proof is there in his record.

“But getting to know Cody and getting to know his family, much like Austin’s, it would have been an absolute shame to not be surrounded by those guys and what they mean as people. The basketball is going to be without question, there is no doubt about that. Cody will continue to improve and the rate of improvement that he has been in over the last year and then watching where he was at over the summer to where he is at now…when you use the phrase “the sky is the limit,” you can put Cody Zeller’s name next to it. I see no ceiling right now for that young man.

“Athletically, ability-wise, stature…but when you look at the entire package and what he has as a human being that is what makes him stand out for us. He is as good of a defensive rebounder as I have ever recruited, not just because of his size but because of his tenaciousness. He has improved his range, he has improved his skill set. He is outstanding at the elbow area and is very good around the post. But what he is getting now more than ever is the ability to shoot the ball from range.”

Oh, and Austin Etherington, too:

“I remember the first time I saw him play in an open gym workout, he had been injured his sophomore year, but there was no doubt that we saw enough inside that first workout to go back the next week. From that, we got hooked on this young man’s athletic ability, on his ability to shoot the ball, on his ability to built a physical nature, even though he was not that physical-type of kid.

“But the thing I love is that he loves basketball. He has a high-level of athletic upside and this summer is when he really started to take shape. One thing that is big in our recruiting is that we want to recruit year-round winners and certainly Austin is that way. Whether it is the winter time or the summertime, he is a year-round winner.”

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  • There’s quite a bit of discussion on ESPN, and CBS Sportsline, As soon as the word gets out that IU recruits quality kids not thugs, and has a super new practice facility, and great academics, we will be the leader in getting the best recruits- 4yr kids who don’t get arrested.

    Unfortunately there are alot of IU Haters on these sites although its usually those who can’t write a complete sentence..

    Who can get the right word out about IU and show recruits who live on these sites that we have a fan base?/ US

  • Luke72

    Thanks Coach Crean, if you build it………

  • Q95

    wow…even when knight was around, i always thought how great it would be to have a coach that could successfully recruit our abandance of in-state talent. was not happening under knight, definately was not going to happen under davis, and sampson i had my doubts. coach crean is no doubt the right man.

  • Q95

    wow…even when knight was around, i always thought how great it would be to have a coach that could successfully recruit our abandance of in-state talent. was not happening under knight, definately was not going to happen under davis, and sampson i had my doubts. coach crean is no doubt the right man.

  • Q95

    wow…even when knight was around, i always thought how great it would be to have a coach that could successfully recruit our abandance of in-state talent. was not happening under knight, definately was not going to happen under davis, and sampson i had my doubts. coach crean is no doubt the right man.

  • Can I just say, as much as Cody means to this program (which is a hell of a lot) we have a player in Etherington who not only wants to play, but he wants to be a Hoosier. Can’t ask for any more than that. I’m already a fan.

  • carrie in Florida

    Agreed. Would have loved to have seen Crean make a statement about Austin yesterday and let him have some love for a day.

  • BaseballBuc

    You can tell Tom Crean is really excited when he talks for 12 minutes before opening it up for questions.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    i’m in no way interested in arguing online whether IU has a good basketball team or not with a bunch of neanderthals. (i have to do it enough on my facebook page with my dumbass, uk loving friends) that’s why i come to this site.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    decent student section?

  • CTC was able to recruit CZ away from NC with his brother at NC – that is a big deal considering where we were just a few months ago….sends a message to OSU, MSU, Louisville, and
    PU(U)Ke. IT’S INDIANA – gotta luv it

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    any word on guy yet? since Enes Kant’play*. what about an official name change of YKZ to “yogi kelin harris”?

    *YKZ, August 2010

  • You miss the point -totally. I don’t care about what UK fans think -they may only be 5% of the posters. Its showing the rest of the basketball world INCLUDING POTENTIAL RECRUITS what kind of fans we have, what kind of kids we recruit as well as info about our campus.

  • Scott W.

    On CBS Sportline….NCAA did not clear Kanter at UK !!!!!!

  • Daniu95

    What a great day for Indiana basketball!!!! And I want to not only credit the coaching staff, but also the kids like Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Mo Creek, Christian Watford, Jordy Hulls, Derek Elson, Bobby C, Jeremiah R who could have legitimately gone anywhere else, but CHOOSE to become HOOSIERS and provide a foundation for this program – some of these kids will have to accept limited roles in the future, but their contribution and sacrifice for this program will never be forgotten – all are not only great players, but true student-athletes who put us on the path to success . . . it would have been easier at alot of other schools, but in the end . . IT’S INDIANA.

  • Anonymous

    If I had to guess, he was hoping that he would be able to talk about him and Cody in one conference. It doesn’t make sense just because it’s his comment on the entire 2011 early signing day haul, but also because the two have played together and are so close.

  • Rivers2Creek… Splash!

    Yogi please make it easy on us, some of us already have one ulcer from the last few weeks. In 2012, IU will have a need for a play making point guard. You know any?

  • Anonymous

    SHOCKER!

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    I’m hoping an ITH staffer can fill us in soon as to the rumors or news surrounding GMM’s status inquiry or VJ3’s status for tomorrow night’s game???

  • Yogi Kelin Harris

    Add a Zeller subtract a Kanter…..IU will beat KY this year at KY!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome day for Hoosier nation. I was having an awful day at work until i got that tweet at 1:06…….. oh the power of IU.

    Whats next?? In my opinion Yogi, Gary and Hallowell want to be at IU (absolute guess and gut feeling), with only 1 scholly left for 2012? Yogi called a family meeting……….. could tomorrow be a double great day? IU wins opener and gets a committ from Yogi???? Hoo Hoo Hoo HOOSIERS

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I was at the game on Monday and stayed around and was able to speak with several of the players. GMM had yet to hear anything from the NCAA but VJ told me personally that he would be playing on Friday.
    BC

  • Anonymous

    I wondered how long it would take for the picture/name change. I see you have two wishes left. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I wondered how long it would take for the picture/name change. I see you have two wishes left. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I honestly could not be more proud to have Coach Crean as IU’s head coach. He has done everything with class and tons of energy. Enough can’t be said about what he has done so far!

  • Bucky

    Knight himself said he hated recruiting, and delegated most of it to assistants. It caught up with him, as he ended up delegating to Mike Davis . . .

  • Hallowell just tweeted that he just got off the phone w/ CTC

  • Anonymous

    I see what you are saying Steve. However, recruits don’t read ESPN or CBS message boards. I hate seeing rumors without facts and outright lies about IU as much as anybody but we don’t have to worry about recruits being turned off by ESPN message boards.

  • Anonymous

    Are you kidding, CTC’s so loquacious he could talk gleefully for 12 minutes about Martha. Oh, wait, we all do that too, don’t we?

  • Anonymous

    Now that you’ve thrown the Harris in there, I pose this item….There is obviously a spot left for Yogi, and then potentially two others, one I’d venture to say we’d all prefer to be Harris. Hollowell appears to be the fan favorite for the third spot, but would he be any better fit than Bail? I haven’t seen either play, so I’m asking for those who have.

  • Stonaroni

    “we got hooked on this young man’s athletic ability, on his ability to shoot the ball, on his ability to built a physical nature, even though he was not that physical-type of kid. He has a high-level of athletic upside and this summer is when he really started to take shape.”

    CTC says these things about AE which makes a few things come to mind:

    +He can shoot, shoot, and shoot all day
    +He has a build to add muscle; already up to 195
    +He continues to improve
    +He is an immediate upgrade over WS and Roth
    +He is a far better athlete than most realize
    +He is under the radar nationally due to his injuries, yet CTC says he got better last summer
    +Name me one team in the Big 10 who has as 6’6″ SG/SF that can play the post, floor, 3 pt area, pass, rebound and has a high basketball IQ

    Can’t wait for him to be at IU. Again, he was rated #2 shooter in 2011 class by The Sporting News behind Rivers.