Tuesday roundup: Crean addresses Ravens, top newcomers, more

  • 08/23/2016 8:13 am in

Indiana coach Tom Crean was in Indianapolis over the weekend for the Baltimore Ravens-Indianapolis Colts preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Ravens are coached by Crean’s brother-in-law, John Harbaugh, who has attended several Indiana games over Crean’s tenure in Bloomington. Harbaugh has also addressed the Indiana locker room on multiple occasions.

On Saturday, Harbaugh asked Crean to address the Ravens following a 19-18 win over the Colts:

Bryant on regional covers for Sporting News, Athlon Sports yearbooks

Indiana sophomore forward Thomas Bryant was recently named a preseason first team All-American by Blue Ribbon, which included a spot on the Blue Ribbon yearbook.

The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Bryant as The Sporting News and Athlon Sports have both selected Bryant to appear on regional covers that will go on sale early next month.

ESPN names Davis one of Big Ten’s top newcomers

ESPN.com continues its various preseason preview content and recently, senior writer Dana O’Neil revealed her list of the league’s top five newcomers for the 2016-2017 season.

De’Ron Davis, who arrived on campus on Sunday morning, was among the five:

Coach Tom Crean promised Davis a scholarship before the power forward even got into high school, offering a spot on the Hoosiers roster back when Davis was an eighth-grader. Of course at the time, Davis was the top-rated eighth grader in the country, so it wasn’t a terrible idea. Like most early rankings and early offers, theirs was tested. Davis’ ranking didn’t remain static as he matured. Plus the Hoosiers didn’t necessarily remain a safe choice, as Crean’s job security came under heavy scrutiny. Davis scored more than 1,500 points, pulled down more than 1,000 rebounds and set a Colorado state record in blocked shots in high school. The two sides remained loyal, and the result is an upgrade from a formidable Hoosiers frontcourt into a downright terrifying one. With Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby electing to stay in school, defending Big Ten champion Indiana is loaded.

The other newcomers on the list: Josh Langford and Miles Bridges of Michigan State, Minnesota’s Amir Coffey and Penn State’s Tony Carr.

Four-star point guard will take official visit to Indiana

One of Indiana’s top recruiting targets in the class of 2017, point guard Tremont Waters, has scheduled three official visits.

Waters, who transferred from South Kent Prep (Conn.) to Notre Dame-West Haven for his senior season, will take official visits to Georgetown, Indiana and Kansas this fall.

The 5-foot-10 guard is ranked the No. 40 player in the 247Composite.

Crean to speak at Boys and Girls Club on Thursday

Tom Crean will speak at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington on Thursday, Aug. 25 as a part of the “Man Up To Make A Difference” event.

More details are available here.

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  • TomJameson

    A lot going on lately. Coach Crean keeping busy doing everything, getting all the team in the house, and a lot of IU players getting some love from the press. Not bad for the off-season.

  • IUBizmark

    Looking forward to the possibility of Tremont Waters in an IU uniform. Kid will be a good 2-4 year PG.

  • VegasHoosier

    I’m surprised we’re not in the Top 10 as we have to have the deepest team in the country with 11 guys that can actually play.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I’m not familiar with the Ravens team, but watching the blonde buzzcut guy with the black jacket in the background of CTC’s talk had me cracking up!

  • Arch Puddington

    I saw another video of Tremont Waters, this one from just a month ago at the NBA Top 100 Camp where he was co-MVP. Even allowing for his height, I’m a bit surprised he isn’t ranked even higher. He is really, really good, and I hope we land him as much as I do any other player we are recruiting for 2017.

  • I’m always glad to see us ranked a little low early in the season.

  • sarge

    He is really, really good. I would like to see us land a wing or big guy a little more knowing what will be leaving the roster after this season. But you are right, he is a big time player with a lot of skills. His height seems to be the only negative people can find with the guy.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Homer level is over 9000.

  • Kwang

    So Athlon has Purdue at # 10, Wisky at #8 and IU not in top ten. What?!?!

  • bleeding crimson

    Yeah, I seen that as well, shouldn’t we be at least above PeeU?

  • sarge

    That’s dangerous thinking. Careful, because some “fans” on this site will call you a homer for expecting the Big Ten champs who return a lot of experience to be one of the best this upcoming season.

  • THRyan

    It’s quite unusual that the front court is the solid part of the team, and the back court has the question marks. Will JBJ learn defense? Can Rojo make the leap we’re all expecting? What will Newkirk and the freshman bring? That’s why we’re not preseason top ten, but we will surpass expectations again.

  • TomJameson

    Only thing I can figure out is that IU’s injury situations have kept them down somewhat in the rankings. Questions about surgeries and rehabbing in the off-season, to 4 of the top players on the roster, will follow IU until those players and the team answer those questions.

    The rankings will shake out near the end of the preseason, and I think we’ll see IU in the top 10 by then … maybe higher. and PU lower of course.

  • Kwang

    Well, I am a homer, so anyone is welcome to call me one. Seriously, Sarge, nice sarcasm.