That’s A Wrap: Tom Crean

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: coach Tom Crean.

As the 2015-2016 season began, Tom Crean spoke out about his complicated reality as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.

Despite some success, not every Indiana fan was on board. Negativity existed. Some wondered if he was the man for the job.

“It’s not easy being Tom Crean,” read a headline on CBS in an article that detailed how both his son and daughter had been directly affected by such negativity.

“Tom Crean hears all the noise about his job security,” read another on ESPN in an article which described this year as “a season on the precipice for Crean.”

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Jones tries to grow as a leader in senior season at Huntington Prep

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As Curtis Jones began his senior season at Huntington Prep, there was a leadership void that needed to be filled.

The graduation of Thomas Bryant – the team’s vocal leader and energy guy – was a significant loss. And Jones, along with Michigan State signee Miles Bridges, were thrust into more prominent roles for their senior seasons.

Not only was the loss of Bryant big from a production standpoint, but he was the guy who was the loudest guy on the court for Huntington Prep, according to Jones.

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POTB 124: IU signee and Colorado Mr. Basketball De’Ron Davis

Podcast on the Brink is back for a bonus episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich is joined by class of 2016 Indiana signee and Colorado Mr. Basketball De’Ron Davis, who is in Louisville this week for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

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Video: De’Ron Davis, Curtis Jones address media at Derby Festival practice

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Class of 2016 Indiana signees De’Ron Davis and Curtis Jones will be teammates next winter in Bloomington and are also teammates for this weekend’s Derby Festival Basketball at Freedom Hall.

The teams arrived in the Derby city earlier today and practiced at Male high school. Inside the Hall was there and caught up with both players to discuss their high school seasons and to also look at ahead to what’s next:

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That’s A Wrap: Yogi Ferrell

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Yogi Ferrell.

Ferrell (35 games): 17.3 points, 5.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 55.0% eFG, 82.9 FT%, 42.0 3PFG% in 34.7 minutes per game.

The list of awards Yogi Ferrell collected during his senior season in Bloomington is an impressive one.

First team all-Big Ten. Big Ten all-defensive team. Wooden Award All-American. Associated Press All-American. Cousy Award finalist.

And that’s just a small sampling. His standing in the IU record books is perhaps even more impressive.

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POTB 123: Don Fischer

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this week’s edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by the voice of the Hoosiers, Don Fischer, to recap the 2015-2016 season and also touch on a variety of topics.

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That’s A Wrap: Ryan Burton

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Ryan Burton.

Burton (24 games): 0.6 points, 0.4 rebounds, 77.8% eFG, 57.1 3PFG% in 3.2 minutes per game.

There are moments in every season that may not stand out at the time as meaningful, but when looked back upon later, made a difference between winning and losing.

Senior walk-on Ryan Burton had two of those moments in his final season in Bloomington.

A former Division II player at Bellarmine University in Louisville and a native of Bedford, Burton came to Indiana to focus on being a student in the Kelley School of Business. It was a dream come true for him to play out his final two seasons of eligibility for Indiana. In his final year at IU, he helped the Hoosiers capture a Big Ten championship.

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McSwain: Kansas State, Indiana are top two schools

Neosho County Community College (Kan.) forward Freddie McSwain said Monday night that his top two schools are Kansas State and Indiana and that he plans to make a decision following his upcoming visit to Bloomington.

The 6-foot-6 forward visited Kansas State over the weekend and has a visit to Indiana scheduled for April 18-20.

Indiana coach Tom Crean watched McSwain work out on March 29 and offered him a scholarship the same day.

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Troy Williams entering NBA draft, will not hire an agent

Indiana junior forward Troy Williams will declare for the 2016 NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

“After much thought and family discussion, I’ve decided to declare for this year’s NBA Draft but will not hire an agent,” Williams said in a statement. “This gives me the opportunity to explore future possibilities, while keeping my options open. Coach (Tom) Crean is always supportive and makes sure that you have the best information to help you make a decision like this and I value his input. I’m excited to go through this process.”

Williams, who averaged 13.3 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season, is ranked the No. 83 draft prospect by DraftExpress.com and the No. 86 prospect by Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

By not hiring an agent, Williams will have the option to participate in next month’s combine in Chicago (May 11-15) and also work out for teams but still return to school next season.

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That’s A Wrap: Max Bielfeldt

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Max Bielfeldt.

Bielfeldt (35 games): 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 58.2% eFG, 70.5% FT, 45.3 3PFG% in 17.5 minutes per game.

When Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed from the program last May, Indiana’s frontcourt depth for the 2015-2016 season appeared to be in major jeopardy.

Fortunately for the Hoosiers, Michigan made the curious decision to not bring Max Bielfeldt back for a fifth season despite having an open scholarship. And after Bielfeldt won an appeal from the Big Ten that allowed him to transfer within the conference and IU parted ways with Davis and Mosquera-Perea, the pursuit of the Michigan big man was on.

Things moved quickly from there as Bielfeldt announced that he would spend his final year of eligibility in Bloomington on June 2. Indiana beat out Iowa State, DePaul and Nebraska to land him and in retrospect, it was a major coup for Tom Crean and the IU coaching staff.

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