INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana coach Tom Crean was at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday night to speak to a gathering of Indiana fans for the athletic department’s “On the Road” tour.
Before speaking to assembled fans, Crean spoke with the media about a variety of issues, including the recent citations for Thomas Bryant and Emmitt Holt, team leadership, the addition of Josh Newkirk, the assistant coach and director of basketball operations positions and more.
Tom Crean spoke in Fort Wayne on Sunday, August 9 at a dinner event for “Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana” and spoke to reporters about a variety of topics, including the status of James Blackmon Jr., the addition of Max Bielfeldt and more.
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.
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.”
After a strong spring following a loss to Wichita State in the NCAA tournament in Omaha, Indiana is ready to begin phase two of the offseason.
Many of IU’s returnees have been working out off campus in recent weeks – Troy Williams and Robert Johnson spent time in Texas working out with John Lucas, for example – but that will change soon.
And as everyone returns to campus and the three freshmen and graduate transfer Max Bielfeldt arrive, it will be back to work for a program that enters the 2015-2016 campaign with significant expectations.