That’s A Wrap: Tom Pritchard

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Tom Pritchard. Editor’s note: Read our senior day feature on Pritchard here.

Final stats (36 games): 1.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 55% FG in 9.9 minutes per game

Tom Pritchard never had it easy during his time in Bloomington. He and Verdell Jones, who we looked at yesterday, had to sacrifice more than any other players on the Indiana roster.

Pritchard said he originally committed to Indiana because he wanted an opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament. Even when it became clear it would be quite a while before the Hoosiers were back in the Big Dance — and once it became clear his role would be much different than the one he played in high school — Pritchard decided to honor his commitment.

His minutes dipped from 29 per game his freshman year to 19.9 as a sophomore, 18.2 as a junior, and only 9.9 this season. With the addition of coveted big man Cody Zeller, Pritchard became a sparingly used energy guy off the bench. He tried to prepare Zeller for Big Ten competition in practice, and he did his best to affect the game in the short time he was on the floor.

Pritchard, who was often blamed by the fans during his sophomore and junior seasons as the team struggled, started to become a fan favorite toward the end of his career. His put-back dunk against Minnesota last season became an instant hit on YouTube (ironically off a miss from Jones), and Hoosier Nation started to see how much Pritchard had given up for the good of the team.

While his numbers seemed insignificant this season, Pritchard was a big part of many of the Hoosiers’ 27 wins. He excited the Assembly Hall crowd whenever he came into a home game, and he spelled Zeller when he needed a rest. Pritchard also got better at setting ball screens as he was called for fewer offensive fouls than the previous year.

Bottom line: Pritchard will be remembered by Indiana fans for all that he gave up to remain a Hoosier, but also for his unique personality. He posted a video on Twitter of him ‘Tebowing’ after his last final exam of the fall semester, and said he might do it again during his senior night speech. When I asked him during the NCAA Tournament why he didn’t, he said, “Dang, man, I completely forgot about that.”

Pritchard was always one of the more likable guys on the team, and always seemed to keep his teammates loose in big games. He went through a dramatic transformation during his time in Bloomington — from a starter to a bench player — but it never seemed to bother him. He accomplished his goal of playing in the Big Dance, and he will be remembered for being one of the main guys to believe in the Indiana program and help bring it back from unspeakable depths.

I think it’s pretty safe to say there will never be another Tom Pritchard.

Previously: Verdell Jones

  • And_One

    The Pritch. The only player to have played in every CTC-coached game at Indiana. Gonna miss that guy.

  • And_One

    The Pritch. The only player to have played in every CTC-coached game at Indiana. Gonna miss that guy.

  • HoosierFromCt

    It’s still crazy to me that my senior year was Crean’s first as head coach. I watched these seniors as freshman just work so hard to keep the games respectable. Guys like Pritch are true HOOSIERS and I will never forget them. 

  • The_Dunking_Dutchman

    TOMMMMMY P!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I’ll remember the put back dunk against Minnesota forever but most of all I’ll remember the jarring, brain rattling, tooth loosening screen he set on Kramer! 

    That was and will always be my favorite memory of “Pritch”!

    Just like Jones he deserves all the thanks in the world for sticking it out at IU and playing a large role in returning the program from ashes to glory again!

  • IUfanToby

    Loved that dunk against Minnesota last year!  Thanks Tom for all you’ve done.  Best of luck to you!

  • Jordanb_41

    even though he didnt do much on the court his senior year he had a good time at iu im sure.

  • nobody

    The Man. The Myth. The Pritch.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    There aren’t enough Kleenexes in the world to dry JerryCT’s tears right now.  Without Pritchard’s screens and his defense of the pick & roll, Jerry’s comments will decrease by 9069598797% next year.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Someone should send him flowers. (I’m still laughing about the Walter Pritchford was close enough for jerryct comment)

  • HoosierRyno

    I will forever be thankful to “The Pritch” for being a part of such an amazing group of guys and making so many sacrifices to get this program back on it’s feet.

  • bloyd88

    Every team needs a guy like this on their team. Tom was a role player, he always played hard and got the most out of his talent. He stuck it out for 4 years and was a great team player. The guy never caught a break on fouls though. To the Pritch!

  • HoosierRyno

    I will forever be thankful to “The Pritch” for being a part of such an amazing group of guys and making so many sacrifices to get this program back on it’s feet.

  • stroot

    On a slightly related and semi-depressing note, the parody Twitter account for Tom Pritchard (@tompritchard25) has been suspended. Any idea what happened there?

  • MillaRed

    Off topic……but very cool……

    http://tinyurl.com/cv9g8jb

  • HoosierDadE

     Do you think the Pritch got two framed “items” on Senior Night?

    1) His IU jersey
    2) His T-Shirt (red and white)

    I loved the Shirt…as others have stated, the putback against Minnesota will always stick in my mind.  Good stuff Tommy P, you’ll be missed.

  • rickp1981

    Tommy Tip-Ins!!! Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap-Clap!!!

  • 888

    I personally thought Tom was solid all year. When he came in he did his job while Cody was out. He never hurt the team and I thought shouldve got some of Wats minutes when he had horrible games. Wish him the best and GO IU!!!!!!!!

  • 888

    I personally thought Tom was solid all year. When he came in he did his job while Cody was out. He never hurt the team and I thought shouldve got some of Wats minutes when he had horrible games. Wish him the best and GO IU!!!!!!!!

  • Creanbenches425

    i’ll miss tommy boy because of what he meant to the team. Dude came here when NO-ONE else wanted too and for that i respect the hell out of him. will i miss him on the court? nah..

    c’mon now. LET’S BE REAL ABOUT THIS

  • Evansville Hoosier

    No, he wasn’t the most efficient option. But let’s talk about that some other place, this is about how much Pritch gave us over these last 4 years.

  • Walt

    Tom P. is just one plain classy man. What he has endured at IU at times was no fun, but he wound up a huge winner, and know that being a winner will continue for him.  Thanks to Tom and Verdell, Matt and rest of the seniors.  All of them by sticking to this program means so much to all of us.

  • Walt

    Tom P. is just one plain classy man. What he has endured at IU at times was no fun, but he wound up a huge winner, and know that being a winner will continue for him.  Thanks to Tom and Verdell, Matt and rest of the seniors.  All of them by sticking to this program means so much to all of us.

  • JerryCT

    I guess one last time I get to list all the things he does for us when he was in the game:

    + takes away lost post position without the chest bang, nobody ever moved him out of there

    + set the most screens and best screens of anybody in the B1G during his career

    + best hedger on defending the high ball screen

    + never took a bad jump shot ………………. ( did he ever take one ??? )

    + always recognized Hulls in trouble and set the screen to free him up

    + always there when we needed an outlet pass

    + body first rebounder, cleared the way for others to rebound esp Rivers

    + flashed a blue tongue when we needed special intimidation of the opposition

    Man , am I going to miss him . My favorite player for the last 4 years…………. a credit to our team and program I wish him much success in life 

  • JerryCT

     Is 9069598797 % more than seventy eleven %………??????????????

    What player in the last 4 years gave us more sound effects on the floor ???? BAM, OOF , SPLAT ( Kramer from PU ) …………etc

    A true Super Hero

  • JerryCT

     Is 9069598797 % more than seventy eleven %………??????????????

    What player in the last 4 years gave us more sound effects on the floor ???? BAM, OOF , SPLAT ( Kramer from PU ) …………etc

    A true Super Hero

  • JerryCT

     Saw Lionel Ritchie at Bermuda Music Fest a few years ago ………..you were great ………. I know you secretly loved big Tom too

  • calbert40

    I’m gonna miss Pritch!  A lot of us forget that he averaged 9.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 29 minutes as a Freshman.  I know we didn’t win many games that year, but he was a big cog for that team.

    What I think is impressive about Pritch is that he went from that stat line as a Frosh to 1.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 10 minutes as a senior…AND DIDN’T GRIPE ABOUT IT!  How many players today would have been such a team player as Pritch?  He accepted is role and helped us as much as possible (practice as Justin mentioned in the article is an important area to help as well).

    Thanks for a great career, TP!  Go Hoosiers!

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  • Frosch

    Thanks for all you have done for the Hoosier program, Tom! One of the most underrated defensive players of the last five years in my opinion. Good luck!

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Anyone have a link for that screen? Something as enjoyable as that should be reviewed (:

  • SCHoosier

    TP learned and earned the hard way during his four years of IU re-building. If he applies that thoughness to his business career and life..he will be outstanding in both. Good luck Tom and thanks for the effort.

  • CutterInChicago

    He will always be #ThePlainDealer to me
    “…Tom Pritchard, The Plain Dealer’s 2007-08 Player of the Year when he led St. Edward to a Division I state runner-up finish…”
    http://www.cleveland.com/sports/college/index.ssf/2011/02/former_st_edward_star_tom_prit.html
    Good luck Pritch

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