Tim Buckley Archive

HD Video: Hoosiers preview trip to Champaign

Associate head coach Tim Buckley, Cody Zeller and Jeremy Hollowell met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview No. 1 Indiana’s Thursday showdown with Illinois in Champaign.

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HD Video: Buckley, Hulls and Watford preview Wisconsin

Associate head coach Tim Buckley, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford met with the media on Monday to preview Tuesday’s game with Wisconsin.

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HD Video: Buckley, Creek and Zeller preview CCSU

Associate head coach Tim Buckley, redshirt junior Maurice Creek and sophomore Cody Zeller met with the media this afternoon to preview Indiana’s meeting tomorrow with Central Connecticut State at Assembly Hall.

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News and notes from Tom Crean’s weekly radio show

Tom Crean was out recruiting on Monday night, so assistant coach Tim Buckley along with Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell filled in for him on his weekly radio show with Don Fischer.

Here were some of the more interesting topics and tidbits discussed:

· Jordan Hulls led culture change: Buckley said he regularly receives phone calls from people who say they have a player he needs to see. When Buckley asks them to describe the player, they often say: “Well, he’s like Jordan Hulls.”

Buckley said he usually chuckles at such assertions.

“They might look like Jordan Hulls,” he said. “But that kid’s in the gym two to three times a day in addition to what is required.

He’s really set the tone here. When we wanted to get the culture right, he really led the charge with that.”

· The impact of Sheeladipo: Buckley also talked about how important both Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey have been through the first eight games of the season.

Oladipo has been in double figures in each of the Hoosiers’ last six games, averaging 14.5 points and shooting 67 percent from the field during that span.

“Victor played with great energy, he’s deflecting a lot of balls, he’s making plays happen out there,” Buckley said. “And I think he’s going to get better and better as he goes along with his shooting so you’re gonna have to play him straight up.”

Sheehey has been even more productive of late for the Hoosiers. The junior forward has scored 52 points on 21-of-30 (70 percent) shooting over his last three games.

“I would be hard pressed to believe that there’s a better sixth man in the country right now,” Buckley said. “What he’s doing a great job of right now is he’s talking better than anyone on our team, whether he’s on the floor or on the bench.”

· Creek better post-injuries?: Despite his three major surgeries, Buckley suggested redshirt junior guard Maurice Creek is actually a better player now than he was before. Buckley did admit, though, that Creek probably lost some of his athleticism.

“I think he’s a better basketball player all around because he’s not able to do some of the things he’s been able to do before,” Buckley said.

· Recruiting philosophy: Buckley was asked by a caller what the program’s philosophy is on recruiting players. He said the No. 1 thing they look for is character, and they try to offer things other programs can’t.

“We try to put pieces together,” Buckley said. “We try not only to recruit the best players but the best teams.”

Buckley also said the team’s current players are always important in trying to convince potential recruits Indiana is the place for them. He said the players keep score in regards to who got who to commit.

“Those guys are the key to the whole thing,” Buckley said. “We utilize them the best way we can. But we don’t have a script, we don’t tell them what to say.”

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HD Video: Buckley, IU players react to win over Ball State

Associate head coach Tim Buckley, senior Jordan Hulls, redshirt junior Maurice Creek and junior Will Sheehey met with the media following Indiana’s 101-53 win over Ball State on Sunday evening at Assembly Hall.

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HD Video: Hoosiers preview season opener with Bryant

Indiana senior Christian Watford, sophomore Cody Zeller, associate head coach Tim Buckley and coach Tom Crean met with the media Thursday to preview Friday’s season opener at Assembly Hall with Bryant.

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IU recognizes basketball staff with new job titles

Indiana announced changes in job titles to four members of the men’s basketball staff on Monday. Here’s the complete release from IU media relations:

Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University men’s basketball coach has named Tim Buckley and Steve McClain to the position of associate head coach, added the title of recruiting coordinator to assistant coach Kenny Johnson and named Calbert Cheaney director of internal and external player development in addition to his duties as director of basketball operations.

“The chemistry inside of your program starts with the chemistry of your staff from top to bottom,” said Crean.  “Everyone in our program continues to work in a diligent and energized pace to keep IU on a continual rise.”

Buckley is the senior member of the staff entering his fifth year with the program. He was the head coach at Ball State from 2000-2006, returned to the Hoosier state in April 2008, as an assistant coach at Indiana after helping Marquette to a second round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08. It was the second time that Buckley had been on Crean’s staff at Marquette and will be the third Big Ten school that he has worked at in his 20-plus year career, which has included stops at Iowa and Wisconsin.

“It’s a great honor,” said Buckley.  “Our staff has been through a lot of things here over the past four years, so I think part of that comes from the success that we’ve had this past season and hopefully for the future, and it’s one that I’m very appreciative of.”

“Tim has been instrumental from day 1 at Indiana with dealing with every aspect of this program,” added Crean.  “He administers, teaches, coaches and recruit at an extremely high level.

McClain, who boasts more than 29 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level, is in his third year as a member of the Hoosiers coaching staff. McClain came to IU after spending three seasons at Colorado, including the last two as associate head coach. He also served as interim coach for a portion of his last season and was the head coach at Wyoming from 1998-2007. He was an assistant at TCU prior to that and the head coach at Hutchinson Community College where he won a national JC title.

“I think, as we all talk about the staff, I don’t think anyone worries about what their titles are,” said McClain. “ I think the one thing that makes this staff so strong is the fact that everybody works the same every day for the same goals every day. It’s a great compliment, yet it’s a compliment of our whole staff.”

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