Indiana will be well represented at this weekend’s adidas Global Nations in Long Beach, California.
Thomas Bryant has only been on campus since June 13, but he’s already making his mark on the IU basketball program.
The 6-foot-10 freshman forward is the fifth McDonald’s All-American Tom Crean has signed for the Hoosiers. His addition is being viewed by many as the missing piece that could elevate Indiana into the top 15 this season.
Indiana coach Tom Crean addressed the media earlier this afternoon on a conference call to discuss the 2015 Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
Read a full transcript of Crean’s remarks from the call after the jump:
After an underwhelming first season in Bloomington, expectations for Collin Hartman as a sophomore were tepid.
The Cathedral product appeared in just 16 games during his first season in an IU uniform, totaling 11 points in 72 minutes. At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season during a workout, he tore his ACL, forcing him to miss the offseason and sit out the program’s trip to Montreal and Ottawa last August.
It’s been a busy offseason for Troy Williams and the junior forward from Hampton (Va.) has one more event to close it out on a strong note.
The 6-foot-7 forward contemplated leaving early for the NBA, but announced on April 8 he would return for another season. Since then, he’s been working on his game not only in Bloomington, but in other venues across the country.
As his first full offseason as a member of the Indiana basketball program moves along, there are differences in the surroundings for redshirt senior Nick Zeisloft.
Strength and conditioning coach Je’Ney Jackson, who departed earlier this year for the University of Kansas, has been replaced by Lyonel Anderson. Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis are no longer with the program following dismissals in May. And there are five newcomers, including McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant.
When Lyonel Anderson was introduced to the media as Indiana’s new strength and conditioning, he mentioned thinking “outside the box” would be a focus of the program he planned to run in Bloomington.
Indiana’s offseason continues to move along quickly. On Thursday, two Hoosiers returnees spoke about some of the similarities and also the differences between Anderson and Je’Ney Jackson.