Q & A: Bobby Capobianco
Loveland (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?
Capobianco: 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?
Capobianco: 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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