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Tom Crean breaks down returnees, newcomers

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As part of his press conference on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall, Tom Crean broke down the 2014-2015 Indiana roster on a player-by-player basis.

We’ve organized his quotes on each player below:

Yogi Ferrell

Yogi is getting a lot better. He’s getting a lot stronger. He’s benching 245 right now which is phenomenal. He’s always been a strong young man but nobody really lifts in high school like they did in college, and that wasn’t a big part of his day. I mean, he is a force in that weight room right now; and he’s not only a force with what he’s doing and the way that he’s lifting but in the way that he’s talking and leading.

What I really like about him, and I’m going to put him in front of you here pretty soon so you get a chance to see, he’s starting to grasp what he’s capable of. And I don’t think he’s even grasped what he’s capable of on the court yet and I know he’s showing flashes of it.

I had a gentleman in this league tell me that his team they had polled their team on some different questions about the season, and he said, when it came down to the hardest matchup in the league, to a man, everybody said the hardest matchup for them to deal with was with Yogi. I haven’t even told him that yet.

We want people across the country saying that when they run into him. And he’s working towards that. The keys right now, that he become as great of a lead guard in the sense of, do multiple things but make others better constantly.

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Video, quotes: Tom Crean provides offseason update

Indiana coach Tom Crean met with the media on Tuesday afternoon at Assembly Hall for a lengthy offseason update.

In his comments, Crean addressed the roster, player-by-player, and also took questions from the media on topics like the upcoming foreign tour in Montreal, Yogi Ferrell‘s growth, team leadership, the health of Collin Hartman, how he envisions next season’s team coming together and much more.

Watch the complete press conference in the media player below:

A full transcript is available after the jump.

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Five takeaways from Chuck Martin announcement

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Indiana coach Tom Crean announced the hiring of new assistant coach Chuck Martin in a press conference on Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall, which officially fills a staff vacancy heading into three critical July evaluation periods.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the Martin announcement:

· Crean did his due diligence: While Martin has been in the fold since mid-June, Crean said he wanted to make sure that both Martin and his wife, Lee, could be in Bloomington to announce his hiring and with camps going on in Bloomington in recent weeks, Monday was the date that worked best to make the announcement. When the job opened in late April before the evaluation period, Crean didn’t rush into anything and as the process moved on, Martin established himself as the best fit.

“Jayd (Grossman) had called Calbert (Cheaney) right away, when it looked like Kenny (Johnson) was going to leave to see what his stance was,” Crean explained. “I don’t think Calbert was in a situation where he was looking to move. I definitely talked or had one other person in and did some research on others.

“But, really, for where we’re at with this youth and where we’ve got to go and continue to grow not only on the court but off the court maturity wise and all those things that come with having such a young team, when I kept hearing everything about just this is what he did here, this is what he did there, this is the kind of situation and how he deals with things and this and that, it was pretty easy.”

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Video, quotes: Indiana introduces Chuck Martin as assistant coach

Indiana coach Tom Crean announced the newest member of his coaching staff, Chuck Martin, in a news conference on Monday afternoon at Assembly Hall.

Martin, who worked last season in the scouting department of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was introduced to the media along with his wife, Lee, and spoke about a variety of topics, including his work with the Thunder, his recruiting philosophy and much more:

A full transcript is available after the jump.

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Offseason storylines: A look at Indiana’s youth and how it got here

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Welcome to offseason storylines, a look into some of the biggest storylines surrounding the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. First up, a detailed look at Indiana’s youth and where it stacks up in terms of returning production in the Big Ten.

Just one year removed from having the second least experienced team in the Big Ten, according to the KenPom.com experience rankings, Indiana is again looking at putting one of the league’s youngest teams on the floor for the 2014-2015 season.

It was one of several topics Tom Crean discussed at last week’s “On the Road” tour stop at Huber Winery in Starlight, Indiana when he met with the media for the first time this offseason.

“We are going to be really young again,” Crean said. “I don’t know where we will stack up in the Big Ten, I have to believe we are right there. The bottom line is we have to have guys come together throughout the summer.”

While it’s impossible to forecast where Indiana will end up in those same rankings for the upcoming season — the ranking uses eligibility class weighted by minutes played for a particular season — a quick look at the returning percentage of minutes across the league bears out Crean’s assessment.

Before getting to what we found in our examination of both percentage of points and minutes returning for each Big Ten team, it’s equally important to look at how the Hoosiers got here.

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Video: Vonleh meets media after Lakers workout

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.

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Tom Crean talks Jeremiah April, Tim Priller

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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.”

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