Jeremiah April to transfer from Indiana

  • 05/01/2015 4:08 pm in

Freshman center Jeremiah April is leaving Indiana, the program announced today.

April becomes the third Indiana player to transfer this offseason, joining sophomore Stanford Robinson and freshman Max Hoetzel.

Indiana confirmed the news of his departure in a release.

“Jeremiah informed us earlier of his desire to seek a different situation for himself,” Tom Crean said in a release. “He would like an increased role and we are not able to ensure him this would happen. Our hope is that he will reach his potential wherever he chooses to go.”

April, a native of Joliet, Illinois who played at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, Arizona, played in just four games as a freshman.

“I want to thank Coach Crean and his staff for the opportunity and support and for helping me improve my game,” April said in a release. “My goal is to go somewhere I can have a bigger role. I’ll miss my teammates. They are a great group of guys.”

April’s departure puts the Hoosiers at 13 scholarship players for next season.

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  • ForeverIU

    Predictions are overwhelmingly for Thon going to ASU. Interestingly, ASU was one of Jeremiah’s offers (from one article that I read, but can’t see confirmation elsewhere). Maybe they end up playing together there, LOL.

  • IU track Alumni

    You’re comment above says nothing to validate your evaluation…

  • SCHoosier

    Since former IU Coach McLain “found April”..and is now trying to build his own program..let’s see if Coach Steve offers JA a scholarship.

  • oldiugymnast

    There is no statistical or empirical evidence to back up the “hot hand” theory of basketball. My guess, what with coach being a big numbers guy, that he knows this and therefore does not let it factor into his substitution decisions. Also, often when I hear this complaint back in the days of the live chat, people got mad about taking out a “hot” player who was obviously gassed and not paying D.

  • oldiugymnast

    You say that any one who points out the irrationality of your position – and I call your position irrational because most of your opinions are derived directly from your rectum and based upon your rather active imagination of what may or may not be happening during practice – that they can see no wrong with Coach Crean. The thing is, you are dead wrong. I think all of us have been confused, surprised or upset at one point or another about a decision that Crean made. The thing is, that also goes for Coach Knight. It also goes for just about any coach of any team that I follow. But here is the thing, Coach knows more about basketball in the dead little end of his pinky nail than I know about it in my whole body. He also has something none of us have – the ability to be at practice and to evaluate the players and to know them well – including their psychology. And therefore, is in a much better position to make a good decision than any of us. So with that, I am willing to let coach be coach – and to assume that he has every intention of winning as often and as well as he possibly can, and that his decisions are made with what he thinks is the best possible path to doing so. I am also willing to assume that, based upon what his players say, that he has their best interests at heart. As a rule, I think it is best to assume that most people are trying to be just as good and decent as you are.

  • oldiugymnast

    Maybe you should get your own team to coach instead of telling an enormously successful guy what he should do without the benefit of actually knowing his players or seeing them in practice?

  • ForeverIU

    What role does that leave for you? Cheerleader? LOL.

  • ForeverIU

    It has become a struggle having honest opinions on here without having to deal with a barrage of personal attacks and insults. Happy 2015-16 season folks, and Godspeed.

  • SilentBob

    I hope you do not consider my comments personal attacks. I like having convos/ debates with you even if we mostly disagree. It’s boring talking to people who only agree with me lol

  • ForeverIU

    You have been civil with me SilentBob. I’m not including you. I have better things to do with my time than to be called a Crean hater. It’s juvenile.

  • Really? I thought it was kind of down between us and Kentucky.. I guess I haven’t seen much lately on it, excdpt that one ‘false’ facebook posting.. I was really hoping we’d get Thon. Hanner will leave us after this year.. hope he makes some REAL improvement and becomes a legitimate backup for Bryant.. If Bryant ends up earning that start… which he likely will.

  • SilentBob

    I can see where that would be irritating. I have made the mistake of calling one a hater. While also being called a cheerleader myself. All very juvenile. We all want the same thing. To win.

    In life I’ve always found that I learn most from talking to people who disagree with me. Whether it be something trivial like talking sports or more pressing matters. I’ve found the old saying “great minds think a like” to be wrong more often than right. Although I’m far from a great mind lol

  • SeeingRed

    “Enormously successful?” By what college basketball coaching metric do you come up with that description? Utter nonsense. Again. You’re talking about a guy who has won only slightly more than half of his games as a head coach. That is more like “just doing barely well enough to stay employed at a decent D1 basketball job.” Enormously successful? Talk about hyperbole.

  • TomJameson

    That’s a good trait SilentBob, but a person has to be able to actually LISTEN to the other person’s points, and try to understand them. You do that, and present your side of the debate very well. Wish more would do that. Wouldn’t ‘lose’ the debate, but it would be a lot easier to watch and participate.

  • RDD#76

    Yes Marcus and Tom are right you could have 2 very good 6 man teams with how deep team will be next year

  • Kevin

    They changed from Reds to Redlegs in the 50’s, during the Red (Communist) Scare, when being Red was socially unacceptable. ( True Story! You can’t make that up)
    They changed back to Reds in 59 or 60, I think.

  • MK

    True, but then again I forgot Juwan Morgan as others have pointed out

  • I was thinking that when I first was old enough to remember baseball ‘names’ I was thinking they were the Redlegs. That would’ve been late fifties.. When I saw them play the Cubbies, they were just the ‘reds’ I believe. That would’ve been the sixties.

  • Mr. Mitchell

    Are u guys talking defense. JBJ nick z hasn’t shown they can play D.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Okay, what are your metrics? I wouldn’t call it fair to consider his W-L record considering his first 3 yrs at IU arguably added 40-50 losses that he wouldn’t have had if he’d stayed at Marquette. How’s this… how many active coaches have taken a team to a final four? Have had a #1 seed in the tourney? Have an outright major conference championship?

    Now… how many have done all the above? Let’s see… Coach K, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Calipari, Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, Bill Self, Thad Matta, Bruce Weber, and… Tom Crean. Am I missing anyone? Steve Fisher never won the B1G… John Thompson III has never had a #1 seed… In any case, I don’t think there would be a lot of argument he’s been successful. There are a lot of coaches out there who would kill for that kind of achievement. The question is if he can be successful with consistency… which we’re about to find out.

  • mark

    Yes but you never know, could be leading the B10 in 3 pt shooting % in a couple years.

  • Dereck Johnson

    That’s absolutely a false statement. #DoUrHomework

  • Dereck Johnson

    I heard its almost 100% Arizona State. As long as it’s not Kentucky. Looking at UK’s roster right now, we should beat them anywhere.

  • SeeingRed

    Please. Even some of the most dedicated CTC fans on this board were just a few short months ago questioning whether he was/is the right guy for this job. Even they were getting plenty wobbly about it. Many continue to say next season is a “make or break” year for him. This is not stuff that swirls around “enormously successful” college basketball coaches. I’m on record as saying he’s not the horrible coach his extreme detractors claim; nor has he demonstrated that he is top tier. He is clearly somewhere in the middle. Anyone claiming a polar extreme to the good, or bad, is delusional.

  • hardly

    the hashtag brings so much credibility…very impressive

  • hoosier93

    Adding a walk on PG in Harrison Niego. I’m sure Alex will have the story by Monday.

  • Missing Moye

    Looking for a bigger role? I figured that he just wanted to play closer to home.

  • ForeverIU

    Is your only ITH mission to come on here and berate people who don’t think and talk like you? You’ve tried to stifle other opinions on here in the past with your silly “shut up if you weren’t at practice” antic. You did it to a poster I really liked, and he’s no longer on ITH, probably because of little boisterous tyrants like you.

  • Brklynhoosier

    I think the root of our disagreement is one of tense. “is” enormously successful vs “has been” enormously successful. I think you’re focused on the former, while I’m saying there’s an argument for the latter. He has had success. Now… well, he needs to have it again.

  • SeeingRed

    I am judging the semantics on his career as a whole. “Enormous” is a big word, one of the biggest. Nothing about his basketball coaching career warrants that hyperbole. He has been successful enough to stay in the business of coaching D1 basketball, and does it better than some and not as well as others. There is a pretty solid sample size here. Yes, he has had successful seasons but he is not an enormously successful basketball coach on balance.

    And I agree, he needs a notable uptick in results starting next season.

  • dwdkc

    This conversation may be played out by now. Admit it, none of us have a clue whether April was going to help eventually or not. The fact he couldn’t get in the game when we desperately needed size was pretty damning. Obviously in Crean’s doghouse when the effort/work comment slipped out. And most importantly to whether this is perfectly appropriate in running the program or not, we don’t know what was promised to him when he came but as a late add that everyone thought was a reach, it isn’t a reach to suggest that this was a very possible scenario that was discussed and understood. I’ve seen things to criticize but this isn’t one of them.

  • IU track Alumni

    Impressive research! Very great group to be in to say the least. Surprised to not see Patino….

  • Brklynhoosier

    I was kind of kicking myself — I went to bed last night after the fight and, right before I drifted off, I was like: duh! of course! Pitino…

  • PBzeer

    Enormously successful would be doing your “metric” on a consistent basis, not just once. Until such consistency is observed, enormously is hyperbolic.

  • Michael Crawley

    I went to three baseball games this Saturday with my kids my middle son made a triple play. I have never seen that in little League. I’m IU basketball all the time but watching your kids is awesome.

    Goodluck JA

  • PBzeer

    What’s truly depressing isn’t who or how many transfer. It’s that we NEED them to transfer in the first place.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Agreed. All I’m saying is there’s an argument to be made. Still, accomplishing THAT metric on a consistent basis narrows the field to: Coach K, Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Calipari, Pitino, Bill Self…

    I think that’s it. Those are coaching legends and Hall of Famers. And Crean is among the 5 other guys in the mix. If he can find the thread again (and it looks like this coming year he might), then he joins the discussion. Nothing to sneeze at.

  • IU track Alumni

    Billy Donovan???

  • Brklynhoosier

    No longer active!

  • Shaggy_C

    Well, given the current rules on scholarships, there were really only two other possibilities: 1) Tom Crean should have told Thomas Bryant “too bad, we’re full, we don’t want you any more.” or 2) Tom Crean goes into the 2014 season without a full complement of players (thus never bringing in April in the first place).

    All of the options sound pretty distasteful to me, but at least the way things worked out JA got to play ball and learn for a year at a school that was way above his projected ceiling.

  • hoosier93

    2016 class…. I don’t see any reason not to recruit a guy at each position. At PG I know we’re looking at Bruce Brown. SG we’re looking at Rawls Alkins. At SF Miles Bridges, Braxton Blackwell ands Lamar Stevens. PF is looking like De’Ron Davis. At C we’re looking at Brunk. You pull in the 4 plus one of the SF’s then I’d say it is a good class on paper. But if we get 4 guards and a big guy… terrible.

  • hoosier93

    Has Indiana even looked at Isaac Humphries? Or have we already been cut from his list?

  • MK

    Hahaha This is my favorite opinion when people talk about “posters”
    As if this website is something more then a blog. If someone can get upset enough at comments on a website about BASKETBALL that they don’t come back, they probably need to figure some other stuff out mentally. This is a basketball blog. I don’t need to hear about how someone’s has been here longer or that someone else doesn’t know the rules, or someone won’t come to the website anymore cause they can’t keep their temper in check. It’s so lame

  • MK

    Good lord. Here you go again. Someone disagrees with you and you run. Your opinion is in the minority, so what. If you are so sure you are right, why let the opinions of other people on the internet bother you so much. Take a Xanax. It will be ok

  • BC Hoosier

    Tubby?

  • Brklynhoosier

    Nice, of course.

  • IUMIKE1

    Who does have the highest ? Not disagreeing just curious.

  • IUMIKE1

    No way that TB isn’t a starter from day one and if he stays more than one year it will more than a little bit surprising to me.

  • IUMIKE1

    Excellent question. If he thought he was a high enough caliber player to legitimately belong at IU then he should be a lock for being good enough to play at his new gig.

  • ForeverIU

    Hey IUMIKE this is Forever. I canceled my Disqus account and waiting for it to die, LOL. Just wanted to say good bye while I still have a name on here! You’re one of my favorite posters, and I’ll keep reading your posts as an “observer”. I looked for you on the paid forum but don’t think you are a member.