Friday afternoon, Indiana coach Tom Crean, sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell and freshman forward Noah Vonleh spoke to the media in advance of Saturday evening’s exhibition against Southern Indiana.
Watch both press conferences in the embedded media players below:
Tom Crean and Yogi Ferrell met with the media following Friday’s Hoosier Hysteria at Assembly Hall. Watch and listen to their reaction in the embedded media players below:
Wednesday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean gave his annual “State of the Hoosier Nation” address to an assembled crowd of about 500 people at the IU Auditorium.
During the speech, he spoke in depth about this season’s roster, and selected thoughts about each player are gathered below:
“Will Sheehey has had an up-and-down offseason because he has had a couple different injuries. He’s still coming back, but he had his first full practice yesterday. He’s still trying to come back from a groin injury and put himself in position. Today was a Will Sheehey level practice. The leadership was strong. He was very active. Will Sheehey is one of the most gifted, smartest players that I’ve ever been around in my entire life. Will Sheehey is the kind of person that he understands what it takes. He understands how to win. He understands what’s going on on the floor. He’s a tremendous teacher for somebody that’s his age of helping his teammates.”
“He’s got to come in here and he’s got to see his game go to another level. He’s got to see his game rise on both sides of the court — offensively and defensively — and see that leadership rise. He’s got to get out of whatever comfort zone has been acceptable for him — because he works hard, now — and step above and beyond that. He’s got to bring a pitbull, junkyard dog mentality daily. He’s got to take people with him. And that’s one of the biggest things that will show: is he going to have that kind of year? Here’s a guy that’s a great young man. He works hard, comes from a great family, spends a lot of time at the game. But he can do more.”
Taylor Wayer and Jeff Howard
“Two guys who have put a lot of time and effort into this program. Two guys that haven’t seen a lot of minutes. Two guys that are great young men, are very strong academically, come from the state of Indiana. Now is their time to really be counted on as leaders, as well. Not just hard-nosed practice players, not just guys that do the right thing in practice, but guys that will compete to another level.”
“What we need Austin to do is make jump shots. We need Austin to hold his ground defensively. We need Austin to get out and get out on that break and be a guy that can space the court. And we need Austin to play with tremendous toughness. And if Austin can do those kind of things for us, he’s going to have a chance to contribute on this team. He’s got a lot of people nipping at his heels.”
Wednesday night, Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke for more than an hour to an assembled crowd at the IU Auditorium for his annual “State of the Hoosier Nation” address.
Below is audio from Crean’s entire speech, including his thoughts on the 2013-2014 team’s prospects:
Tom Crean, along with former IU standouts D.J. White and Victor Oladipo, are hosting a soldout camp this weekend at Assembly Hall and met with the media to discuss the experience.
Oladipo also talked about his first couple of months as a NBA player and White addressed his future as a professional:
Welcome to offseason storylines, a look into some of the biggest storylines surrounding the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Next up, we tackle this question: What will expectations for next season’s team look like?
When Tom Crean took the Indiana job in April of 2008, there was an understanding from the school’s administration and from the fan base that he would need time to build the program back where it previously been.
In the last two seasons, those that patiently waited with Crean and his team through the dark days were rewarded with back-to-back trips to the Sweet Sixteen, a Big Ten title, and more than a few big wins.
The expectations grew to such an extreme level last year, however, that any time Indiana lost a single game, it was viewed as a letdown and a disappointment by some. Beat Michigan at home, and well, that’s what you were expected to do. But lose to Wisconsin and Ohio State, and suddenly, the sky was falling.
Now, with a roster full of freshmen and lacking most of the guys responsible for bringing the program back, where will those expectations go? Will they remain high because the program has been restored and the standards have been reestablished? Or will they lower a bit to match the team’s relative inexperience?
I asked Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass that exact question a few weeks ago.
“Regardless of the program, you gotta take it year by year and calibrate your expectations,” Glass told Inside the Hall. “I tried real hard not to set any arbitrary expectations that ‘this season is gonna be a bust if we don’t win X number of games, don’t qualify for postseason play.’
“I’m looking for improvement with what we’ve got, not necessarily improvement from year to year but improvement from the team that comes in throughout the season.”
Indiana had an average attendance 17,412 in 19 home games last season, setting a school record that had stood since 2001-02. Assembly Hall’s seating capacity is 17,472.
The Hoosiers’ average attendance was the best in the Big Ten and ranked fifth nationally. It’s only the second time since 1985 that Indiana has ranked in the top five programs nationally in attendance.
“I continue to be overwhelmed by the spirit and generosity of so many who support our program every day,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “Our season ticket holders are as loyal a group as you will find.
“You really had a sense early in the season that our players had forged a strong bond with our fans, young and old alike. That was very evident starting with Hoosier Hysteria, the North Carolina game and all of the great battles we had during the Big Ten season.”