Video, notes and quotes from Tom Crean’s speech at Huber Winery

  • 06/04/2014 10:09 pm in

STARLIGHT, Ind. — The first stop on the Indiana Athletics “On the Road” tour for 2014 was Wednesday night at Hubery Winery in front of more than 500 Hoosier fans.

Athletics director Fred Glass addressed the crowd, as did men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley, women’s basketball coach Curt Miller, football coach Kevin Wilson and men’s basketball coach Tom Crean.

We’ll have more over the coming days from the event, but here’s the complete video from Crean’s speech as well as some notes and quotes:

· Crean discussed some of the core issues that led to Indiana’s 17-15 a season ago, highlighted by turnovers: “Our decision making, our turnovers, our ability to make timely shots was not where it needed to be. We were 2-5 in the Big Ten in games that came down to one possession.”

· All of those issues, Crean said, were addressed by the staff throughout the season: “We got better at some things throughout the year. But our turnovers and things like that continued to grab us. But it wasn’t because we weren’t working at it, it wasn’t because they didn’t care, it wasn’t because they didn’t work hard. They didn’t always know how to put that foot down and just absolutely bear down and say ‘we’re going to get it done.’ We didn’t do that.”

· Crean said IU’s deflections last season were at an average of 50 per game, which is two higher than the Big Ten championship team in the 2012-2013 season.

· Indiana began offseason workouts one week after the season ended and they’ve had 21 individual workouts in the spring while the team was still in school and 35 weight lifting sessions.

· Crean on the offseason mindset of improvement: “We weren’t going to take the spring and summer and just say, ‘well, we’ll just get better.’ No, we’re going to force feed what needs to be done. Constant improvement. Daily basis, no question about it, has to happen.”

· Crean said players are expecting to begin arriving back on campus this weekend and the work begins next week.

· Indiana will take a foreign trip to Montreal in August and Crean explained the reasoning behind that destination: “Because it’s close, it’s logistically easy for us to get to, it’s easy for our fans to get to if they want to get there. We don’t have to spend a lot of time traveling back and forth and they can still get a little break before they come back to school at the end of August. And we’re going to see some teams that can play.”

· Crean confirmed non-conference games with Butler, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh and SMU. “I wish we could have had one of those games move into last year. Just one of them. And we made some decisions schedule wise that we had some things sitting out there that didn’t work out that way, but now they come to fruition this year.”

· Crean said he expects Indiana to one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten once again.

· Both Collin Hartman and Hanner Mosquera-Perea are in Bloomington for the first summer school session.

· On what Indiana will add shooting wise: “We lost two guys that made four 3s in the Big Ten. (James) Blackmon Jr., (Robert) Johnson and Max Hoetzel will make that in a half, early this year.”

· Crean said that Blackmon Jr. and Johnson will have to play this season and that he believes Hoetzel will play as well as “he’s been well coached and he’s getting better.”

· On the two late additions, Tim Priller and Jeremiah April: “They’ve got upside. They’ve got skill level that they bring in.”

· On continued recruiting efforts for the 2014 class: “We’re still active right now. We have two scholarships. We may use them, we may not. But we’re active, we’re active. A lot of it is underground, but we’re active because we want to continue to build this team the best possible way that we can.”

· On the kind of players the program wants to attract: “No. 1, they can bring something to the chemistry. No. 2, they’re not frontrunners. When things are going well, there they are. When things aren’t going good, there they go. We don’t need that.”

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  • Bballpop

    Just can’t wait for the season to start! Go IU!

  • Bryce Kepner

    Two scholarships available?

  • CreanFaithful

    right?

  • Kelin Blab

    Good read…..

    + The SMU game continues to get tougher as they add xfers
    + Solid non conference schedule
    + Two schollys available……don’t think anyone is leaving, would be stunned if Crean added two….would not mind a 1 year player coming in with some experience.
    + The Montreal trip could be as valuable as the improved non conference schedule….players get in more practice time together this summer.
    + Don’t like the early off season comments about “one of the youngest teams in the big ten” that youth card is played out to me….With the # of games played via HS and AAU, the level of competition, the ability to play all over the country and play up a age level……youth means very little these days.

  • 323SGrant

    I was thinking the same thing. Don’t like to hear the old “team is going to be young” talk from the Head Coach and I’ve been hoping for a good 5th year frontcourt player to compliment the solid backcourt.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Georgetown! Great opponent, great recruiting area and that makes five solid opponents in the non-conference… What we need come NCAA selection.

  • marcusgresham

    Just below here it says that game will be in MSG. Nonetheless, IU does get to play in that recruiting area on a regular basis now that Maryland is in the B1G….and NYC is a pretty good recruiting area, too. Maybe Coach Martin starts working his magic on this trip.

  • downtownhoosier10

    I hate the youth card as well but it still is a fact. Its nice when you can have 3 or 4 key rotation guys who are jrs and srs mixed in with the underclassmen. Florida and uconn are perfect examples. I’m not disagreeing with anyone bc once we get into the heart of the b10 season it doesn’t matter how young your team is. With our much needed stronger pre-conference schedule we will need yogi to get these freshman/sophs to play solid, turnover free ball.

  • tenaciousIUFan

    Any more information on 2 scholarships?

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Maybe he was speaking in recruiting terms where we can over sign by one…Obviously we can over sign by one, but we can’t start the season over signed by one.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Home & Home with Maryland this year is nice.

  • SCHoosier

    Everybody is tired of the “young team” card..but when its the TRUTH…I see no problem having it referenced as this team develops.

  • CreanFaithful

    We all want results. It is a factual statement about the makeup of this team. We haven’t lost any games yet and it isn’t being used as an excuse. In that context, I have zero problem with the statment. This foreign trip should really help mitigate the disadvantages associated with a young, but talent laden team.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    problem is all the big-time schools can play that card pretty much every year. point being, the issue isn’t youth as much as it is talent level.

    i think that’s where the JA’s and TP’s can be valuable recruits, because you know they’re 4-year guys. if we get even just one solid season from them, i think we can consider their recruitments a success.

  • EdgarAllenPoor

    Dont u mean NIT selection time?