ROSEMONT, Ill. — Indiana coach Tom Crean took the podium this morning at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for his annual preseason comments at Big Ten media day. Here’s the full video of his comments and a transcript is available below:
TOM CREAN: First of all, the State of Illinois and the history of the Big Ten lost a really, really good one yesterday with Wayne McClain’s passing. I didn’t know Wayne as well as most, but had great respect for what he did as a coach certainly in high school and then what he brought to the Illini and the Illini Nation and was a big part of the history of this state in many ways. Indiana basketball sends condolences to his family and friends and anybody that worked or played for him.
As far as us, we’re trying to get ourselves to a point right now where we can look at every day and know that we are tenacious, that we are on the attack, and that we are fundamentally driven, and that’s the goal. It’s been the goal since the season ended when we started spring workouts the week after our season, and it has been the goal with every new player that’s come in. We’re at 60 percent of a new team right now, but getting the team to understand every day the compete level that they have to have, the togetherness that they have to have, the ability to move the ball, to move their bodies, to understand the value of defense. If you’re going to be any good in this league, you have to defend and rebound.
Indiana received its first commitment for the class of 2015 on Wednesday evening when Waynesville (Mo.) forward Juwan Morgan announced for the Hoosiers at his high school gym in front of family, friends and classmates.
“As I’ve said before, academics, player development and playing time are the things I wanted to get, so I’ve decided to further my education at Indiana University,” Morgan said.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward is rated the No. 87 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and chose Indiana over Vanderbilt.
Morgan, who was named the most improved player in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) for the 2014 season, averaged 10.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in the league’s regular season for MoKan Elite and 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 2.2 steals in the Peach Jam finals in July.
With his size and wingspan, he’s expected to contribute immediately to Indiana’s frontcourt next season, but Morgan is also a player who likes to play off of ball screens.
“That part of the whole game is probably what I’m best at,” Morgan told Inside the Hall earlier this week. “And also getting out in transition, that’s probably the best part of the team that I like (at Indiana). It fits perfectly.”
Beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET, the WaynesvilleR6 YouTube account is expected to broadcast a live stream of Juwan Morgan’s college announcement.
We’ve embedded the stream below, which should be available on both desktop and mobile/tablet devices:
Emmitt Holt became the sixth member of Indiana’s 2014 recruiting class earlier this month when he committed to the Hoosiers on his official visit to Bloomington.
The 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward talked to IUHoosiers.com about his decision to attend Indiana and more in the following video:
Class of 2015 Duncanville (Tex.) guard Matt McQuaid emerged as a recruiting target for Indiana after opting to reopen his recruitment in mid-July.
McQuaid, a four-star prospect according to the 247Composite, continued his strong summer earlier this month at the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago.
Watch highlights of his performance at the Global Challenge, courtesy of Courtside Films, below:
Tom Crean, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller addressed Indiana fans on Wednesday night at Lucas Oil Stadium as part of the “on the road” tour stop in Indianapolis.
Watch their comments in the media player below:
INDIANAPOLIS — Former teammates Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were reunited on Wednesday evening for Indiana’s “On The Road” tour stop at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The two joined George Taliaferro, Bobby “Slick” Leonard and Anthony Thompson in signing autographs for fans for more than a hour before the event and afterward, spoke to assembled media about a variety of topics.
Watch both interviews in the media players below: