Tom Crean Archive
Indiana forward and Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh completed his second workout on Wednesday when he visited one of the teams which he’s been linked to in several mock drafts, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Vonleh also worked out for the Sacramento Kings this past week and will workout in Orlando and Boston next week.
After Wednesday’s workout in Los Angeles, which also included Gary Harris, Aaron Gordon, Tyler Ennis, Marcus Smart and Doug McDermott, Vonleh addressed the media and discussed his thoughts on the organization and a variety of other topics:
Also on Wednesday at Huber Winery, Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked which team could be the best fit for Vonleh at the next level and we’ve got his complete thoughts after the jump.
STARLIGHT, Ind. — Indiana added a pair of spring signees — Westwind Prep (Ariz.) center Jeremiah April and Richland (Tex.) forward Tim Priller — and on Wednesday night at Huber Winery, Tom Crean spoke to the media for the first time about both players.
Here’s a complete transcript of his comments:
On Jeremiah April:
“Jeremiah April, to me, he’s grown four inches in just a couple of years. He’s put on weight, he’s played a lot of games, an awful lot of games. And he’s one of those late bloomer guys but I don’t even think he’s anywhere near where he’s going to be. And he’ll get into campus this weekend, starting next week, so we’ll get a chance to start having him with us and get him indoctrinated into what we’re trying to do along with Tim Priller. But Jeremiah, he’s got very good timing, he’s got excellent hands for a big player. He’s got a tremendously soft touch. So very soft hands and a soft touch. And it’d be a lot different story, because he’s relatively raw there’s no question about that, but if he didn’t have really good hands and didn’t have a really nice touch, then you’re looking at a guy who may not become a good shooter. We think he’s going to become a very good shooter. He’s got good timing on blocking shots. I don’t think he understands the intensity level yet that he’s capable of playing at on a daily basis or what’s going to be expected of him. I love his attitude, I love his family. I really like his coach and I like how excited he is to come to Indiana.”
STARLIGHT, Ind. — Before addressing a strong contingency of fans who gather annually at Hubery Winery to hear from the coaches from a variety of Indiana’s athletic programs, Tom Crean met with the media at length on Wednesday evening and addressed a variety of topics.
Inside the Hall was in attendance and we’ve got the full video of Crean’s comments including his early thoughts on next season’s team, a health update on Peter Jurkin, the future of Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Indiana’s schedule for next season, a trip to Montreal in August and much more:
Watch the in-depth update from the first stop of the 2014 “On the Road” tour below:
Quotes are available after the jump.
STARLIGHT, Ind. — The first stop on the Indiana Athletics “On the Road” tour for 2014 was Wednesday night at Hubery Winery in front of more than 500 Hoosier fans.
Athletics director Fred Glass addressed the crowd, as did men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley, women’s basketball coach Curt Miller, football coach Kevin Wilson and men’s basketball coach Tom Crean.
We’ll have more over the coming days from the event, but here’s the complete video from Crean’s speech as well as some notes and quotes:
· Crean discussed some of the core issues that led to Indiana’s 17-15 a season ago, highlighted by turnovers: “Our decision making, our turnovers, our ability to make timely shots was not where it needed to be. We were 2-5 in the Big Ten in games that came down to one possession.”
Indiana basketball’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) added a fourth consecutive score of 1,000 under Tom Crean, according to data released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA.
Indiana is the only Big Ten school to earn a perfect APR score in men’s basketball in each of the last four years.
Here’s the full APR release from IU Athletics:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After inheriting a program that would be put on public notice for poor APR performance in 2009, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has seen his program earn a fourth straight perfect score of 1,000, the only Big Ten men’s basketball program to achieve such success according to the NCAA’s most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate report released May 14.
“Academic success is a critical component to thriving as a true student athlete at Indiana University,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “Our staff and Marni Mooney deserves the bulk of the credit for keeping our guys on task daily. When you measure our APR, record of graduating players and the academic awards and honors our players have received recently, we believe we are as strong in this area as anyone in the country.”
According to the official IU athletics site, four dates and locations have been announced for the 2014 version of “on the road with the Hoosiers.”
Formerly known as the IU Tailgate Tour, these events provide the opportunity for fans to meet and hear from coaches at various stops throughout the state.
The four dates confirmed thus far for 2014 include:
· June 4: Borden (Huber Winery)
· July 28: Chicago (Joe’s Bar on Weed Street)
· August 20: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium)
· August 22: Bloomington (Memorial Stadium)
Start times and registration are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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· Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com writes that Indiana’s guard play will be very good next season.
· Indiana is adding the top two shooters in the country to its roster next season according to Evan Daniels.
· Rick Bozich of WDRB.com calls Kenny Johnson a “five-star” hire for the University of Louisville. He also writes that Tom Crean must respond to Rick Pitino’s shrewd move.
· Tom Dienhart of BTN.com hands out his final grades for Big Ten teams last season.
· Cody Zeller checks in with another Rookie Diary for SI.com and discusses facing the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs.
· Michigan sophomore center Mitch McGary is headed to the NBA draft after failing a drug test in the NCAA tournament.
· C.L. Brown of ESPN.com examines the Big Ten in the World Wide Leader’s “Look back, look ahead” series.
· Victor Oladipo recaps his rookie season with the Orlando Magic.
· ESPN NBA draft analyst Chad Ford believes Noah Vonleh is “the one guy that could jump into the top four.”
· UMHoops.com examines Michigan’s frontcourt next season, which is young following the losses of Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford and McGary.
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