Ryan Anderson says he’ll reschedule Indiana visit

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Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson, originally scheduled to begin an official visit to Indiana today, tells Inside the Hall he’ll reschedule his trip to Bloomington.

“It was bad timing for me and the people close to me because I have finals this week,” Anderson told Inside the Hall. “Coach (Tom) Crean wants me to focus these next couple of days then I’ll figure out a date afterwards.”

The 6-foot-9, 216 pound forward, who averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game as a junior, has one year of eligibility remaining, but is expected to sit out the 2014-2015 season and play his final year in 2015-2016.

He’s also considering Iowa State, where he’s already visited and Arizona, which he’s scheduled to visit beginning on Thursday.

Crean had an in-home visit with Anderson on Saturday, April 21.

“Coach Crean came to my house and we had a great talk today,” Anderson told Inside the Hall’s Jordan Littman. “He talked about his plans to help me become a better player and how he thinks I will help the program win games.”

Anderson recently underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to miss four to six months.

(Photo credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports)

  • OhioHoosier

    That’s a bold strategy cotton!

  • marcusgresham

    I’d feel better about taking this guy if he weren’t sitting out this season. If he signs you have to have someone leave early to have any open spots for the ’15 senior class.

  • MillaRed

    I’ve always felt landing this kid would be a big deal. There is no one on our roster or in the next two incoming classes that can bring his level of experience to the table. We might have the right pieces to make a deep run.

    Meanwhile, he can work with our bigs and make them better this season.

  • JMAC

    He gone

  • Ole Man

    Humbly disagree. He won’t be able to work our bigs next season as he’ll be rehabbing.
    Waste of a scholarship for ’15.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thought they said he would be 100 percent 4 months after his surgery date.

  • MillaRed

    They are not removing his leg buddy he will be working with these guys. And I really don’t see how a 5th year senior big averaging 14 and 7 is a waste of anything.

  • Ole Man

    2 years of scholly for one year of play.

  • ForeverIU

    We’re using the remaining scholly for 2015 anyway, right? So we might as well get someone who can be present in 2014 to mentor and/or practice with our bigs (it’s like getting a 2015 that we can use early). The real question is do we consider Anderson a quality big who is comparable to a 5-star frosh (who would likely be a one-and-done anyway). It seems to me that what he might lack in talent he more than makes up for in experience.

  • MillaRed

    We have players on the roster now and others coming that will be a non factor next season. It looks like landing the 14-15 big that can contribute deal didn’t happen. There is more time but I’m thinking the recent trend might suggest it won’t happen.

    Plan B? A kid like Anderson.

  • Ole Man

    I know I’m in the minority on this one.
    However, I’d rather have the higher impact one and done.
    By 15-16 IU should be a killer team with just one major impact player needed.

  • ForeverIU

    Assuming we get Anderson and we over-sign (which past history suggests we would), do you think having Anderson will affect negatively our prospects of getting another elite big in 2015?

  • ForeverIU

    I think he had his surgery around mid-April, so should be in good shape sometime between mid-August to mid-October. Hanner and our other bigs could really use a quality big to go against and learn from in practice sessions after Noah’s departure.

  • MillaRed

    You’re only in the minority because we have no crystal ball. I think everyone would prefer the 5 star. But recent history tells us that is a challenge. Not sure I want to wait around and have limited bigs for two seasons instead of one.

  • Ole Man

    Yes.

  • Outoftheloop

    The scholarship for 2014-15 will not be used at all if we don’t use it on Anderson for 2014-15 and 2015-16.

  • Outoftheloop

    If he is a really good player and will really help us in 2015-16, then this is what you USE scholarships for!

  • Outoftheloop

    We got two Bigs: Tim (6’9) and Jeremiah (7’0). No one knows if both or one or neither will “contribute” in 2014-15. But IU has a chance with them in the first year, and a very good chance over a 4 year period!

  • Outoftheloop

    IU averages 3.2 transfers/year. The “over-sign” problem has never been a problem!

  • Outoftheloop

    See my post above, 3.2 transfers/year!

  • ForeverIU

    Yeah, I even expect it. Otherwise we might find ourselves short-handed again. I’m just curious as to whether having Anderson might make a 5-star big less likely to commit if he has to share the stage, so to speak, with someone else. I was reminded when I asked this question before that Kentucky has something like three 7-footers two of whom are 5-stars (I think).

  • MillaRed

    The question is whether or not they are strong enough to lead us deep into the tournament like Ryan Anderson would in 15-16. I’m gonna say no, with an emphasis on the no.

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