Crean talks 2012 class, return of Watford/Zeller on ESPNU

  • 04/11/2012 9:15 pm in

Tom Crean was a guest on the ESPNU signing day special earlier this evening and here’s a transcript of the three questions he answered for host Dari Nowkhah:

On what the 2012 recruiting class says about Indiana basketball:

“It says we have a lot of young men that believed in this program, believed in one another in the sense that they wanted to play together and they believed in what we were doing … some of the players that were already in the program and guys like Cody Zeller, that were joining the program at the time, it said a lot about them wanting to make Indiana basketball a really big deal again. And I think they’re going to be a big part of it.”

 On the perception of Indiana basketball in the eyes of recruits:

“I think it’s really strong. I think early on you had to remind a lot of people about the tradition and how big time it is. I think that’s why getting young men on campus when they were really young like ninth graders and tenth graders was really important because our fan base was so strong and at the same time, their parents, their coaches knew what Indiana was capable of.

“When you start talking about the program, but more importantly, when you start showing them what happens with this education if you do it right and what former players have done even after pro basketball, it really  starts to get the family’s attention. And then the players spent a lot of time playing together in different tournaments and playing against each other in their high school seasons and it built some kinship. I think that’s what really helped turn the tide for us.”

On the announcement that Cody Zeller and Christian Watford would return next season:

“It’s big, but at the same time, if they would have said that they’re ready to go and especially in Christian’s case, if it would have been a really clear cut situation for him, I would be disappointed in the sense of not being able to coach them and you always want to continue to help make them better, but you really are here to make sure they get an opportunity to be the very best at what they want to be.

“And along the way, that they do all of the other things right. We’re going to have more guys graduating from this program in three years to three and a half years than we will in four years. So our guys are doing an excellent job academically. When you’ve got players working that way and trying to be as complete as they can be, you can’t fault them. But at the same time, when they decide to come back and you know you’ve got a chance to keep building on what has been started, on what happened this year, that feels good, too. There’s no doubt.”

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  • Patricia

    Oh, I go back.

  • Longtime Fan

    Amen to that!

  • Kaponya13

    Look no further than Creek ///Think of what his injuries derailed…In all reality his injuries(though no fault of his) derailed a National Championship team this year …

  • If Scott May had not broken his arm, we could have had back to back undefeated National Chanpionships. Luck does play a part sometimes. Go Indiana Hoosiers.

  • If Scott May had not broken his arm, we could have had back to back undefeated National Chanpionships. Luck does play a part sometimes. Go Indiana Hoosiers.

  • jwcasey

    Come on people are you honestly that gullible?  Can you not sense any hint of sarcasm/irony in my previous posts calling attention to the ridiculous nature of Nerlens Noel’s announcement that he would be attending UK? If you don’t know what I’m referencing see the youtube video “Nerlens Noel Commits to Kentucky.” 

    I absolutely detest everything about Kentucky as a “university” and the state itself – my use of quotation marks there means I think that school as an academic institution is a joke. I am humanly incapable of caring any less about what is happening in Lexington. I love Cody Zeller, but the notion of him shaving anything into his hair would be ridiculous in itself. 

  • jwcasey

    Come on people are you honestly that gullible?  Can you not sense any hint of sarcasm/irony in my previous posts calling attention to the ridiculous nature of Nerlens Noel’s announcement that he would be attending UK? If you don’t know what I’m referencing see the youtube video “Nerlens Noel Commits to Kentucky.” 

    I absolutely detest everything about Kentucky as a “university” and the state itself – my use of quotation marks there means I think that school as an academic institution is a joke. I am humanly incapable of caring any less about what is happening in Lexington. I love Cody Zeller, but the notion of him shaving anything into his hair would be ridiculous in itself. 

  • Oldguyy

    Devastating, especially given whom the team lost to.  I think most people agree that the ’75 team was better than the ’76 one because it was more potent offensively with Green and Laskowski.  But while we’re playing coulda woulda shoulda, how about your senior year, when the refs clearly called Walton’s fifth foul as Downing’s fourth?  Without that incompetence, it could have been another banner.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I heard the SEC or maybe it was the ACC had 5 teams in the top 10 preseason for next year.   Not sure what B1G has?  Can anyone add to this?

  • Larry ’69

    Thank you CTC and the players he put together.  I haven’t watched for years.  Probably since Knight left and the powers began with the parade of cheaters etrc.  It was fun again, and as it should be in Bloomington. 

  • Larry ’69

    Thank you CTC and the players he put together.  I haven’t watched for years.  Probably since Knight left and the powers began with the parade of cheaters etrc.  It was fun again, and as it should be in Bloomington. 

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    God, it’s thinking about things like that that make me cry. 🙁

  • CreamandCrimson

    Andy Katz of ESPN has four Big Ten teams in the top ten (IU, Michigan, Ohio State and MSU. Joined by Minnesota and Wisconsin in the top 25).

    -The ACC had one representative (NC State).
    -The SEC had two (UK and Florida, although Florida just lost Bradley Beal that drops them).
    -The Big East had one (Louisville).
    -The Big 12 had two (Kansas and Baylor).

    I can’t see any reasonable preseason poll having five SEC or ACC teams in the Top 10.  In fact, I would be hard pressed to find five from those two conferences combined.  The Big Ten will be the best conference going into the season and it’s not really that close.

  • iunbears

    Positive thoughts positive thoughts. Positive things happen to positive people!!!

  • Noah Cook

     We are getting to the point where we should be recruiting guys like Nerlens Noel and Shabazz.  We shouldn’t be a one-and-done NBA factory but we should get 1 or 2 top 10 guys every year.  That’s how you win championships. 

  • Noah Cook

     We will slide Hulls over to the 2 and put Will on the bench.

  • Noah Cook

     We will slide Hulls over to the 2 and put Will on the bench.

  • stroot

    I hoped you were trying to be humorous, but no – unless you use a /sarcasm tag or something, it’s not exactly obvious to discern when someone’s being sarcastic on the internet.

  • Noah Cook

     Who me?

  • 888

    I think your onto something. Creek was good on both sides of the ball as well. Hed have equalized MKG. I think hell be back next year though andwe can hang #6. Hes an X factor IMO. If hes 90% were gonna be in for a VERY speacil season. Not undeafeated but possibly only 2 losses and thats great. Coach Selzer said Mos doing great and doing everything the other guys are doing so lets hope for Mos sake (not ours) that hes write.

  • 888

    You said it right. CTC has said from the beginning that he will recruit the one and dones to mix with 3 and 4 year guys. Coach K has done this better than anyone and has 4 titles to show for it. Duke Vitale said CTC is the next ccoach K in recriuting. I think CTC will have us rolling like never before.RMK built teams to compete for a title every 4 to 5 years. CTC will have us competing 2 out of 3 years and that fantastic. CTC just seems to get it in the recruitng world. Just wait till he starts putting guys in the NBA every year. Kids will be lining up to punch their tickets. Its only gonna get better. Hes also a man of faith and thats important to me!!! The most important thing to me by the way!

  • Geoff_85

    There is nothing discernable from the first post, other than the fact that shaving a logo into your hair is a silly gesture — to put it nicely. Because what is now being termed as “logo shaving” is a ‘silly gesture’, I would not assume that you were being serious in wanting Cody Zeller to do it. But the use of the phrase “all the rage” in your second post is pretty much a dead giveaway. It was then that I could tell that you were being sarcastic.

  • Geoff_85

    That’s not what nearly destroyed Indiana’s basketball program…it was getting rid of the players that he had brought to IU with all of the off the court issues and taking away the scholarships that nearly destroyed the basketball program. Baylor should at least have some scholarships taken away.

  • Geoff_85

    What we went through really sucked, but now I am…ugh…glad that they got rid of the ENTIRE problem (Sampson and his players with all of the issues). Indiana graduated 0 cheaters, so all of those people have no ties with the university other than they played or coached there for a season or 2.

  • marcusgresham

    You know how people carve pumpkins to show the light/dark contrast and make pictures out of them? I think Cody needs to get a picture like that of Coach Crean shaved into his head. That would truly show his loyalty.

  • jwcasey

    I agree. I would feel much better about him coming back for his junior year if he did that.

  • GirlToni

    Just make it a Big “Z”…not for Zoro anymore!