Q & A: 2014 Guerin Catholic forward Aaron Brennan

Aaron Brennan burst onto the recruiting radar of several Big Ten programs as a sophomore by averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots for Class 3A state champion Guerin Catholic.

Inside the Hall talked to the 6-foot-6 class of 2014 forward about Guerin’s state tournament run, the schools he’s hearing from and his thoughts on Indiana and much more:

On the team chemistry at Guerin Catholic:

“I felt like we had a team where we all really liked each other. That’s really hard to get. We all hung out with each other off the court. We knew each other growing up. Our point guard I played with him since third grade, his brother was on the team. We practiced every day really hard and our JV team was really good, too. They were always pushing us every day in practice so we were mentally and physically prepared to go into the tournament.”

On the toughest part about winning a state championship:

“I felt like it didn’t really come down to talent because we played a couple of teams that had a lot more talent than us, but I felt like we wanted it more than the other teams. It just came down to who had more heart and with the guys that we had, we wanted it a lot more than the other teams. That’s what it came down to.”

On where his game improved the most during the season:

“I improved my outside game a lot more. I played JV last year for the most part, but I filled in for our center last year and I was a little bit heavier last year, too. This year I lost about 20 pounds and I worked on my shot. I played a small forward type role so I could get on the perimeter, too. I feel like that’s my most improved area.”

On the strengths and weaknesses:

“I’m big enough where I can go down low. I’ve been a post player for most of my life so I have post moves. I feel like I can take people off the dribble and shoot. On defense, I feel like I’m better in the post. I need to work on my perimeter defense, being quicker on my feet. I need to move my feet more.”

On the atmosphere at Assembly Hall during an unofficial visit:

“It was crazy. Growing up in Indiana, IU basketball, you can’t really describe it to someone else because they just don’t know. I thought it was a crazy atmosphere, everyone was enjoying the game. The players on the bench, even if they didn’t get in, they’re cheering their teammates on. It seemed like a really cool place to play.”

On the schools showing interest:

“Michigan, Purdue, Indiana, Indiana State, Xavier, Butler, Iowa and Notre Dame.”

On what college coaches say they like about his game:

“They say they think I have a lot of potential and that I’m coach-able.”

Scouting video of Brennan:

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole Cole Phillips Allen

    I am confused.  According to the Scholarship Numbers page, we are oversigned by one for this coming 12-13 basketball season and we are already out of scholarships for the following 2 seasons after (13-14, 14-15).  I am guessing Crean is projecting some early entrants into the Draft the next couple years?  Please help me figure this out.

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole Cole Phillips Allen

    I am confused.  According to the Scholarship Numbers page, we are oversigned by one for this coming 12-13 basketball season and we are already out of scholarships for the following 2 seasons after (13-14, 14-15).  I am guessing Crean is projecting some early entrants into the Draft the next couple years?  Please help me figure this out.

  • Uncle Joey

    Never stop recruiting.

  • N71

    Didn’t Buddha say that?  Kind of like these others wisdoms to live by:

    + Never dive on a splintered floor
    + Never expect a pass/assist in a Butler-Tarkington Park pick-up game
    + Never let a blind screen go unanswered
     

  • Kokomo_Joe

    Inuries, transfers and NBA entries happen.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    Also,  one player from this year’s team will be odd man out and transfer, by the time this kid gets here, Cody will have graduated as a JR and in the NBA which open up 2 spots.

    I would not be shocked if a 2013 decommits.  Hartman and Davis are a dime a dozen type players.  They are good glue guys, but we need to land a top tier player for 2013.

    It will all shake out.  13 guys cannot play in a system where 10 guys get playing time consistently.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    Also,  one player from this year’s team will be odd man out and transfer, by the time this kid gets here, Cody will have graduated as a JR and in the NBA which open up 2 spots.

    I would not be shocked if a 2013 decommits.  Hartman and Davis are a dime a dozen type players.  They are good glue guys, but we need to land a top tier player for 2013.

    It will all shake out.  13 guys cannot play in a system where 10 guys get playing time consistently.

  • marcusgresham

    Never guard the sweaty, hairy guy at the Y.

  • Joe B

    I think we should simmer on the “I hope he decommit’s” talk.  For one, it’s kind of disrespectful; these guys committed to IU during uncertain times.  Secondly, we didn’t think VO or Sheehey were “elite” prospects either but they turned out.  Bottom line, Crean knows what he is doing.

  • Joe B

    I think we should simmer on the “I hope he decommit’s” talk.  For one, it’s kind of disrespectful; these guys committed to IU during uncertain times.  Secondly, we didn’t think VO or Sheehey were “elite” prospects either but they turned out.  Bottom line, Crean knows what he is doing.

  • N71

    Back that bus up a little.  Hartman is going into his senior year next year and will be the man so to speak.  Jalen Coleman at point for Cathedral will be able to get Hartman a ton of scoring opportunities and he should really settle in as a 20 points, 10 rebounds guy.  He’s one of the best pure shooters I’ve seen in some time here in central Indiana.  Is he as good shooting as Jordy or Roth, not sure but he’s 6′ 6″+ with Inspector Gadget arms.  In time he’ll be our best shooter I think.  I haven’t seen enough of Austin to say that with certainty and Hollowell will be right there as well but a 6′ 6″ sharp shooter that’s at the top of his class for Indiana 2013…why wouldn’t you want him?  He may also make IU more attractive for Jalen Coleman who is a bad a$$.

  • JerryCT

    This guy was pretty impressive in this video:

    + very active
    + can take body contact
    + uses left hand
    + jumps well
    + quick release

    I smell maybe a better Sheehey, in which case there should be no confusion why we are interested

  • Bucky

    ITH, every time you do a profile, I want the kid to commit to IU. 

    I wish we had 30 scholarships.

  • plane1972

    Agreed. Cathedral had so many options that I think people were frightened of his up and down numbers. He’d go off one game and not so much the next. Noah, keep chanting this mantra: trust in Crean…trust in Crean and you will find enlightenment.

  • HoosierDadE

    -Never tug on Superman’s cape
    -Never pee into the wind
     
    AND…

    -NEVER get mad at a PUke or pUKe graduate for coloring outside the lines, they are just trying their best (sorry PurduePhD, we all love ya here)

  • JohnS

    Colin Hartman: if you’re reading this ignore this poster’s comments – he does not represent the majority of us true fans! I bet a lot of unfaithful fans had the same thing to say about Victor & Will too.

  • JohnS

    Colin Hartman: if you’re reading this ignore this poster’s comments – he does not represent the majority of us true fans! I bet a lot of unfaithful fans had the same thing to say about Victor & Will too.

  • gerald

    not nearly athletic as sheehey

  • N71

    Good one.  

    Never use your junk to keep someone from backing you down.  Leads to injury and awkward conversation.

  • Hardwood83

    This. Beyond the 2012 guys no one has signed anything and commits only mean so much, remember Matt Carlino? He was a such a solid IU commit he moved 1/2 way across the continent to play locally! He’s now at his 2nd school, not even counting IU.

    Doing otherwise is counting chickens before they hatch.

  • JerryCT

     I can see that several of my points might apply to things other than basketball

  • A_Schick

    Seems like a good kid and solid player. I noticed he was pretty good at getting his body in good position on the offensive side. 

  • IU1972

    you guys should consider taking part of your act on the road!

  • DarkSouth

    Agreed, Cathedral was one of the most talented teams in the state and they didn’t need him to take over a game.  His role isn’t the same as, say, Kellen Dunham at Pendleton Heights who needed to score 30 to keep his team in games. 

    Glad the original comment was removed, seemed like trolling. 

  • SCHoosier

    I’ll leave the talent judging to Crean and staff (seems they’ve done a great job thus far) However..given the interest and pub on IU is gonna explode next year..I think we have to be really careful about offering a 6-6 kid like this..given the importance of future bigs and PG’s…and the limited  number of spots available. Sure glad we’re checking everybody out though.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Never get into a battle of wits with a Sicilian when death is on the line.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Me can write good, too!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Sheehey and Oladipo were supposedly dime-a-dozen types not so long ago…

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yeah, but can he set a BAM-SPLAT screen?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Yeah, but can he set a BAM-SPLAT screen?

  • http://twitter.com/btown1056 brian workman

    Honestly I hope we don’t pusue this kid any more. We have established ourselves as a premier team now and need to start eyeing the top recruits. I’m sure this kid is a very good kid and a hard worker but we can do much better now and its just going to get better.

  • 888

    Exactly. Hartman and AE are freaking studs. Indiana kids can hoop folks. A good player in Indiana = great player anywhere else! Hartmans a better version of Brian Evans imo. We can never have enough shooters either. Remember the looks on UKs players when we kept burying 3 after 3 on them the guys coming in are even better at that.

  • Jeff In Italia

    I once played an entire Fall League (Ultimate Frisbee in Seattle) season based on that movie.  Inconceivable!  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJ5FB2VV7RMUHZBHTUNIPPVYH4 Caleb

    He’s an intriguing prospect. I would much rather have a Cliff Alexander, but this kid is going to make a nice player somewhere someday. I get why we are showing interest, but I hope it stays interest for now.

  • John

    Also, no one seems to talk about it, but you have to wonder how everyone is going to be kept happy next year.  I mean, at least 12 guys are deserving of playing time. Two really good point guards (dont say Jordy can play the “2″, because that backcourt would just be too small to defend well),  

  • HoosierDawg

    Gotta love Princess Bride quotes in an IU hoops forum! Good one, IUFPPhD!

  • Kelin Blab

     IF you think Devin Davis is a dime a dozen type of player, You have not seen him play.

  • Kelin Blab

     Top Recruits….Crean for 2014 does not have to leave the state for the amount of talent. Including Brennan. IU does not have to follow the KY formula, but just recruit the states best and sprinkle in Oladipos and Sheeheys.

  • Kelin Blab

     Top Recruits….Crean for 2014 does not have to leave the state for the amount of talent. Including Brennan. IU does not have to follow the KY formula, but just recruit the states best and sprinkle in Oladipos and Sheeheys.

  • BgTie

    Nothing “dime a dozen” about Davis.

  • DarkSouth

    He’s got interest from a lot of good schools with good coaches. That tells me he’s got something good going on.

    Michigan and Iowa are always looking for talented offensive players. Purdue and Xavier usually go after tough kids with some grit. Butler looks for guys who really get it and are good kids. Lot of qualities there to like.

  • Geoff_85

    There are a lot more people who should leave the talent judging to Crean and staff and even more who should trust his in-game coaching abilities.

  • Geoff_85

    Pleeeeease come here Jalen lol.

  • Geoff_85

    GC beat my alma mater in the regional final and this is what I can tell you about them – their kids may not be supremely talented, but they have kids who 1. Can shoot the rock 2. Are great team basketball players. These kids understand the game and are definitely coachable. It seems to me that Crean has been looking at more than just talent, he is recruiting kids whom he can coach and fit his system. So for everyone who is saying this kid isn’t talented enough because Indiana is now in a position to get the top talent, I urge you to remember some of the fantastic teams of the glory days when IU may not have had the best talent in the country, but had kids who played for each other and won as a team – a lot. Brennan fits the mold of those guys IMO.

  • Bamaslug

     How goes it my friend

  • Bamaslug

     How goes it my friend

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers!

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