The Hoosier Scoop’s Q & A with Tom Crean

  • 10/24/2011 4:49 pm in

The Hoosier Scoop: A slightly dated Q&A with Tom Crean

Q: Translating all of that on to the court, what do you think are the areas where this will make the most improvement?

A: It’s gotta make the most difference defensively. There’s no doubt about it. It’s gotta start with our transition defense which was good not great. In this league and against really good teams, you’re gonna have some jailbreak type run-outs at certain points. When I use the term jailbreak, guys are sprinting up the court for their life with that ball. You’re only gonna have one, maybe two guys back. For us, that was Jordan (Hulls) and Verdell (Jones) a lot and they were not very good at getting that ball stopped at all and people were able to take them on. At the same time, you lose games if you’re constantly at a disadvantage numbers wise on the break and we had too much of that. Our big man have to do a much better job of sprinting back. Our wings have gotta get back and help inside out. That’s the first area. And I think the other area is we’ve gotta guard multiple actions better, which means more athleticism, more strength allow you control the ball a little bit better. It allows you to play in a short space a little bit better, and then the big thing is where the physical strength and the awareness come in is the weakside defense, especially the weakside rebounding. We were not a good weakside rebounding team last year because we were not physical enough. Weakside rebounding comes down to who hits first. Holding your position, and you’re gonna have a lot of mismatches, because in rotation defense you’re constantly gonna be in a situation where people are gonna be matched up against people who are not at their position. Our guards have gotta be much better at being able to block out bigger people.

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  • Bleeding Crimson

    Two points:  I totally agree that we have to get back on missed baskets or rebound the ball.
    This problem could take care of itself it we are hitting our buckets.
    Second point:  I noticed last year that our 15 minute scrimmage was barely 20 pts for either team.  But this year we were 45 and 43 points in 15 minutes…meaning less missed baskets but more importantly we got back on almost every time.  I was so impress with the speed of the game and more than that it looked like we have come together as a team, flow, knowing where their team mates where…they have really gelled as a team this year.
    BC

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Off topic:  Gary Harris and KY.  I took a look at their roster this year and he will have to be out Teague, Lamb, Hood and maybe Miller.  I think his playing time would best suit him at IU but I’m sure slimball has made promises to play him.  Still like our chances since he just might want to play with our 2012 class and get PT.
    BC

  • Anonymous

    IU’s comeback starts and end with better defense and fewer turnovers. End of story. They don’t do that..they don’t get over the hump.

  • Doubt Lamb will still be there and Miller is a senior.

  • SeattleHoosier

    I’m a big fan of Crean’s, but his “stream of consciousness” communication style is difficult to comprehend.  Wow.

  • Anonymous

    My biggest takeaway, and it will show a lot about Crean’s coaching ability is the part where he talks about Victor learning how to ‘just finish.’ If he can get Victor to understand the importance of getting the ball through the rim, and leaving the WOW factor out of it if necessary, it will say a lot about both of them going forward.

  • Kelin Blab

    I fully expect all their incoming freshmen will be gone after this season, especially teague.

  • JerryCT

    So CTC has pinned it down to …………………..”everything” …..on defense. We have a hard time coming back when behind due to lack of stops …………………… starts with pressure on the ball ……………….VJ3 and JH are just not pressure players on the ball …………. in fact they fear they will be beaten . I hope this changes this year or at least we pressure the ball and see what happens

  • Anonymous

    Defense, rebounding, athleticism, versatility. Those are the 4 elements that I take from this Q&A, and these are all areas the Hoosiers should improve. OBVIOUSLY defense is an area that needs improvement this year. He wants this team to get takeaways and improve transition defense. It would be great to see the Hoosiers have more takeaways than the other team in a few games in Big Ten play this year! And with a more veteran squad, this SHOULD happen. I think Coach Crean mentioned rebounding with every player discussed. It’s clear that this is an area he wants the Hoosiers to improve upon on both ends. He talked about how good of a rebounder Cody is, but he wants to see him really do it on the offensive end. Coach Crean also mentioned how good of a rebounder Will Sheehey is in mid-range and wants to maximize that. This Hoosiers team has a lot of athleticism. Now that Will and Vic have a year under their belt, there should be lots of athleticism on the court at all times as they will log more minutes, not to mention the fact of the athleticism of the incoming freshmen. The athleticism this Hoosiers team possesses will be an important factor in the tempo that Coach Crean wants this team to have. It’s pretty clear that Coach Crean wants this team to get out in transition on offense. With an athletic big man like Cody Zeller, how could you not want that? One of the most important things for this team will is versatility. Coach Crean wants these guys to guard mutiple positions. He doesnt want our three scholarship big men to be the only guys guarding the post, and he said he wants Cody Zeller to be able to guard on the perimeter. If Zeller can guard on the perimeter, it will be fun to see a good defensive possession get a stop, have Sheehey grab a mid-range rebound and toss it to Cody Zeller in transition for a crowd pleasing dunk for the final bucket of a 10 point victory over pUKe at Assembly Hall. There’s a lot more, but I’ll stop there lol.

  • Anonymous

    Haha definitely. Read, reread, rinse, repeat.

  • InTheMtns

    You’re hired!  You can write the scripts for all our games. “Crowd pleasing dunk for the final bucket of a 10 point victory over pUKe at Assembly Hall.”  Love it!

  • InTheMtns

    Man, THAT is the truth.  I can never figure out if it is just part of his over-caffeinated, peddle-to-the-metal personality, or if he talks that way so that he can’t ever be pinned down or held accountable to an exact quote.  Sometimes he’s exact meaning is vague but at least his enthusiasm never is.

  • Anonymous

    I think Crean is talking about VO learning to play great..not trying always to make a great play

  • Anonymous

    Haha I am so pumped for the season. This is the most exciting season in what feels like a very long time. My girlfriend is pregnant and was undergoing an excruciating 4 hour gestational diabetes test. So, while at the hospital, I had plenty of time to read this long Q&A, and make a post that was entirely too long lol. Tests came back normal btw!

  • InTheMtns

    Good news! Congratulations!

  • Anonymous

    IMO Jones and VJIII lack the athleticism to be pressure defenders. They’re two of the slowest guards in the B10, easily. They can work around it offensively but we can’t hide both of them on the defensive end. In man to man schemes they both get beat like drums.

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure Jones and VJIII are the same person.

  • Anonymous

    Conceptual thinking, like Crean’s, can be a wonderful thing.  However, sometimes in tense ingame situations I wonder if his word usage is being understood by his players.  Could they be as confused with his intent as I sometimes find myself?