Highlights from Tom Crean’s appearance on ESPNU podcast

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Indiana coach Tom Crean was a guest on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast earlier today where he primarily discussed the legacy of Bo Ryan following yesterday’s news that the Wisconsin coach will retire after the 2015-2016 season.

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Crean also discussed a couple of topics pertinent to next season and here are some highlights:

On Thomas Bryant: “We’ve had four different individual workouts with him now and every time I walk out of one there, there’s something that I really didn’t realize he has. Right away, I thought, ‘We’re going to have to do a lot more with his left hand this summer,’ though his left hand is pretty good. His shooting is coming, he’s got to learn to shoot off the move, and all of a sudden, he rings off five 3s in a row the other night in drills. To me, when you’ve got someone who can space like that — and that’s what we’ve got to get to as a team, is that you’ve got to guard us in the paint, you’ve got to guard us at the 3-point line and everywhere in-between, especially in transition and in the shot clock.”

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Sheehey added to New Orleans Pelicans summer league roster

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Former Indiana forward Will Sheehey, who started his first professional season in Europe and finished it in the NBA Development League, will play in the NBA summer league for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Sheehey will play for the Pelicans in the Las Vegas summer league, which begins on July 10.

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Indiana offers 2016 center Schnider Herard

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Indiana has extended a scholarship offer to class of 2016 Plano (Texas) center Schnider Herard, according to his AAU program, Nike Pro Skills.

The 6-foot-10 Herard, a native of Congo, is rated the No. 82 prospect nationally in the 247Composite. He has more than 15 scholarship offers including Arizona State, Connecticut, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

In 16 games in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), Herard is averaging 8.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes.

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Watford added to Indiana Pacers summer league roster

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Former Indiana forward Christian Watford isn’t giving up on his dream to play in the NBA.

The Indiana Pacers announced on Monday afternoon that Watford is one of 14 players who will be playing for the organization in July’s NBA summer league in Orlando.

Watford will wear No. 17 and according to IUHoosiers.com, could also play for the Sacramento Kings in the Vegas summer league.

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Ranking the top 10 players of the Tom Crean era

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It’s late June, recruiting won’t heat up until a couple of weeks into July and thus, there’s finally some time to dig into one of the list ideas we’ve been kicking around in recent weeks for offseason content. 

As we enter season eight of Tom Crean’s time in Bloomington, it’s time for our ranking of the top 10 players to play for the Hoosiers in his tenure:

10. James Blackmon Jr. (2014-present)

It will interesting to see where Blackmon Jr. ultimately ends up if this list is reexamined when his career is over. But as it stands, it’s hard to warrant placing him higher given that he’s played just one season. Still, Blackmon Jr. accomplished a lot offensively in his first season. He ranked sixth in the country among all freshman in scoring at 15.7 points per game and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. He also set the freshman record for 3-pointers made in a season (77), breaking a mark set by Eric Gordon. If Blackmon Jr. continues the scoring pace he exhibited as a freshman and stays until he’s a junior, he’s going to go down as one of the better backcourt scorers to ever play for the Hoosiers.

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Troy Williams participating in Nike Basketball Academy

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Indiana junior forward Troy Williams is among the nation’s top college players currently participating in Nike’s inaugural Basketball Academy at Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport’s Barker Hanger.

The event, billed by Nike as an “effort to create a premium and seamless basketball experience with the game’s elite,” features both high school and college players and combines Nike’s previous three skills academies into one.

According to a press release, the academy “will allow the best players in the country to compete against the best competition while receiving guidance from Nike Basketball’s biggest stars; LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis to name a few. Additional basketball legends will be on hand to serve as mentors and coaches for the weeklong session with the top high school and college players in the country.”

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Freshman Focus: O.G. Anunoby

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“Freshman Focus” is an Inside the Hall series on each of Indiana’s three incoming freshmen where we take an in-depth look at all three newcomers. Today the series concludes with a look at O.G. Anunoby. (Previously: Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan)

Thomas Bryant comes to Bloomington as the prize of Indiana’s 2015 recruiting class and with accolades like being a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand All-Star. Juwan Morgan built a national profile last year as he won the most improved player award on Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

IU’s third incoming scholarship freshman, O.G. Anunoby, doesn’t have a top 100 ranking like Bryant or Morgan, but was a late riser whom the Hoosiers hope will develop into a rotation stalwart in the years to come.

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