Tim Buckley Archive

Notes, quotes from availability with IU’s assistant coaches


Associate head coach Tim Buckley, along with assistant coach Chuck Martin and director of basketball operations Rob Judson, took questions from the media on Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall and discussed a variety of topics.

We’ve compiled some notes and quotes from that media sessions which are available below:

· Martin, who was essential in the Thomas Bryant recruitment, was asked about the impact he expects the McDonald’s All-American to make on the program next season.

“I just think he’s a kid that fits the culture here at IU. He’s a great teammate,” Martin explained. “All about the hustle plays, committed teammate. Obviously his size plays a major role in how he can impact the program, but more importantly, I just think who he is as a person is the most significant thing. His energy, his thought process, being a part of a locker room. I think those things really help.”

· Buckley also discussed Bryant at length and compared his personality to that of Victor Oladipo, but said that he’s not as flamboyant. He mentioned Bryant’s personality and discussed how it might help IU defensively and also made it a point that Yogi Ferrell needs to hold his teammates more accountable on that end as a senior.


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.”


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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