Q & A: Bobby Capobianco

  • 04/17/2008 10:18 pm in

Question & AnswerLoveland (OH) forward Bobby Capobianco joined Derek Elston as the second member of IU’s 2009 recruiting class on Wednesday night. Inside the Hall caught up with IU’s newest commitment for a Q & A.

Inside the Hall: When did you decide you wanted to play for Indiana?

Bobby Capobianco: I decided last night. I called Coach Crean, we had a long talk and he told me he wanted me to come play for Indiana. I wanted to, so I took it.

ITH: Is Indiana a school you have followed?

: I’ve followed them not anywhere close to religiously. I grew up in North Carolina, so Duke and North Carolina was kind of my thing for a while growing up. I’d always been a big Indiana fan and had loved the university. With my AAU team being based out of Bloomington, I had been over there a lot. I’ve played in Assembly Hall a bunch of times and so, I feet like I had a pretty good grasp on the university. Being that I had a really good relationship with Coach Crean at Marquette, it just felt right when he came to IU.

ITH: Coach Crean has only been at Indiana for two weeks. Did the interest just trickle over when he left Marquette for Indiana?

: Yeah, he had been recruiting me at Marquette for about a year. When he came to IU, it carried over.

ITH: What do you like most about Bloomington and what was it like playing in Assembly Hall?

Capobianco: That was a crazy experience. It was somewhere you’d seen on TV and it’s always been a historic gym so it was cool the first time I got to play there. I love the whole town of Bloomington. It’s cool.

ITH: How would you describe your game to someone that’s never seen you play?

Capobianco: I’m a power forward. I love to rebound the ball. Offensively, I feel like I can do a whole lot of different things. I’m a good post player. I like to play with my back to the basket, but I’m really good off the wing. I have a pull up jumpshot that I can rely on and a very good three-point shot. I can do a lot of stuff right around the basket to finish in traffic. I would say I’m bringing a lot of versatility.

ITH: What about the defensive end, is that something you take a lot of pride in?

Capobianco: Yeah, definitely. Coach Crean has told me that I’m the kind of guy that can guard someone that’s bigger than me. I can guard one of the more physical guys. What that allows me to do is, on the offensive side of the floor, it creates a mismatch if I’m going to guard someone bigger than me. Defense is a staple of my game and it’s something that I take pride in for sure.

ITH: You’re playing with Indiana Elite this spring. What are you planning to work on?

Capobianco: For me right now, I’ve still got to work on a whole lot of things. Ball handling, speed, agility. All of those things that are going to help me be prepared for college. I may not be in Bloomington yet wearing the jersey yet, but I’m representing a school now. I’ve got to go out and prove that I deserve the spot that I have.

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  • msdiu81

    If he likes Assembly Hall during AAU, imagine him playing in front of 17,000 every game. Sounds like this should be a good fit. I may have to start to get excited.

  • southsidehitmen

    Sounds like he has good confidence in his game.

    It's always nice to have a strong power player, if he does play like that i'll enjoy watching him.

    Not to mention i'm pretty sure we now have an in with organized crime…that could come in handy….

  • kylehornsbyrules

    Did you guys ever do a Q&A with Elston, if not you should.

  • We did shortly after he committed:


  • Kelin Blab

    I cannot wait for all the Suprano, organized crime, Dinaro, Scar Face references for our guy Bobby C.

    This is why I love this site…..verbal today…interview today…..good job fellas.
    Now get some scoop on Brian Bouchie???

  • Kelin Blab

    Oddly enough Bobby C…. played in a barnstorming game last year vs. IU….

    Short highlights but decent………..


  • ChiCityHoosier

    Good Lord! ITH is AMAZING! Incredibly fast response time!

    Definitely looking forward to Mr. Copobianco hit the Hoosier hardwood in the near future

  • kylehornsbyrules

    Right on Big A

  • tberry

    “I may not be in Bloomington yet wearing the jersey yet, but I’m representing a school now. I’ve got to go out and prove that I deserve the spot that I have.”

    It would be foolish to not expect Tom Crean to be the first reason Bobby is choosing IU but I have to feel that he also has the right allegiance to IU and is proud to be at Indiana. He definitely sounds like the kind of player to start the rebuilding right away.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Scar Face was Cuban and it's Soprano and Di Nero…haha. Definitely Indiana born and raised…

  • “I have a pull up jumpshot that I can rely on”

    Wait a minute…you mean players actually still have pull up jumpshots? Seriously?

    Sounds like a good land for the program. It's nice to see a guy who admits to liking to rebound the ball. Indiana needs a scrapper underneath like that. Hopefully he'll be a Matt Nover/Jeff Newton/Jared Jeffries in the Duke game in 2002 type player.

  • kgork

    There's a Q&A with Crean on Rivals.com, but it's for subscribers only.

    Can anybody hook up the ITH community?

  • Premium content, so it can't be reproduced. Sorry.

  • BrianK

    Shhhhh. Big A close your eyes wyou were'nt supposed to read that. lol J/K

  • BrianK

    Im just surprised no Copocabana jokes yet. Guess IM the the first….although Im not sure what that means.

  • BrianK

    Yeah I looked it it up and I think I broke a Man Law referencing a Barry Manilow song to one our basketball players. -10 man points. Sorry.

  • BrianK

    I do have a one or two questions. How many coaches has Ball stat had teh past 20 years and are we a magnet for them or what? Seems like everytime I read something about one of our assistants ( new and old), they were a Ball State Head coach for so many years. lol.

  • peaychris

    i am glad to see that he has a 3 pt shot but i would prefer him to stay with his back to the basket!! my feeling about IU basketball is so much better now than it was during the arkansas game… i was on sucide watch during that game!!

  • bobdub

    so this guy is another lance stemler? great! what does everyone think about isiah thomas being the 3rd asst. coach? i've heard that supposedly CTC would like someone connected to the program, such as a former player, to be the 3rd asst. I think ike could recruit, but I am worried that lately anything he touches dies. thoughts?

  • Kelin Blab

    Isiah as an assistant…mmmm let me give it some thought….HELL NO. If he wants someone that is connected with IU there are a ton of people better…….Whitman, Smart, Pat Knight etc.

  • bobdub

    yeah but i dont think knight or whitman would come, and i am indifferent between thomas and smart.

  • JerryCT

    It is very important for our forwards to have a mid range jump shot. When Bassett /Crawford drive to the lane the guy can step out for the kick and pop. We never saw that this year since Gordon never kicked and sucked the drives away from Bassett.

    What is the role of this assistant ? I could care less if the guy has IU ties, just that he kicks butt at his job

  • bearcat

    Capobianco seems like a good kid. He's reffed a lot of games for my 6th grader
    and 3rd grader and seems to have a lot of fun with it. Lots of dunks during timeouts.

  • bearcat

    Capobianco seems like a good kid. He's reffed a lot of games for my 6th grader
    and 3rd grader and seems to have a lot of fun with it. Lots of dunks during timeouts.