Grant Gelon transferring to State Fair Community College

  • 07/27/2017 4:31 pm in

Former Indiana guard Grant Gelon will continue his career in the junior college ranks.

Gelon, a Crown Point native who played just 38 minutes last season for the Hoosiers as a freshman, is transferring to State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri.

State Fair Community College assistant coach Adam Short tweeted the news this afternoon. Gelon was granted his release to transfer from Indiana in late May.

Gelon appeared in just 12 games last season for IU and averaged 1.8 points. He shot 60 percent on 3-pointers in 3.2 minutes per game.

The 6-foot-5 guard was an Indiana All-Star and was the first class of 2016 commitment for Tom Crean.

By playing next season at a junior college, he could sign with a Division I program next fall or spring and then have two years of eligibility remaining.

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  • Slappy

    Wish him the best, hope that this is him leaving open his options to get more time on the court and get back to a D1 program. But…wow. I didn’t expect a transfer to UK or Duke, but I thought a mid-major would be great.

  • plane1972

    How in the world does this happen?

  • Guyton25

    I think he would really do well at a smaller school. He has a lot of potential. I don’t know why he is going to a junior college though… In regards to IU, this frees up a spot for more recruits that will fit Archie’s system. I think the more spots Archie gets to fill, the quicker IU basketball will get to the place where Archie can ultimately take us.

  • marcusgresham

    1. Good luck, Grant.

    2. Please tell me they are the State Fair Carneys, and the mascot is a greasy-haired guy with missing teeth and a Foghat t-shirt.

  • Dennis

    This maybe a smaller school but this should give Grant the platform to really get some playing time and show his ability to score and also improve his defense and other parts of the game. With a good year with good showing on scoring and defense, he could get a good D-1 offer for his last two years.

  • MPmike B

    State who? State Fair? Do they have animals, carnival rides, and etc? This is one of the reasons that Tom Crean is not coaching at IU. With his success in finding some hidden gems such as Victor, and O.G. from out of the state of Indiana, he had too misses on players that have no business playing at IU or in the Big Ten.

  • MPmike B

    Agree. That is one of the main reasons why Crean is gone, too many misses on players that are not Big Ten level players.

  • JethroTroll

    Going to a junior college gives him the opportunity to play immediately without sitting out a year. The kid just wants to play. I wish him the best.

  • Mark Bando

    Yeah, but wouldnt practicing for a year against better talent at a place like Indiana State for instance be better for him? Maybe he’s just not good enough.

  • JethroTroll

    Maybe, but he’ll be able to jump back into Div 1 after a year in junior college. Im pretty sure State Fair wont be his final stop. I would guess playing time just might be pretty high on his list right now. It appears to be a pretty good decision to me. Plus, I don’t see a good reason to pile on kid as he leaves the program. I just wish him the best.

  • Guyton25

    Yeah good point.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I don’t know about this JUCO specifically, but a lot of them at the higher levels have talent equal to, or greater than, that at Indiana State… It’s a place for transfers to go while they figure things out, or for guys who don’t have the grades to give it one last shot. A lot of times you’ll see a starting line-up at these places that includes 3 or 4 guys who were at Power 6 schools the year before.

  • TomJameson

    You seem to be wanting to press some agenda against Crean, pretty one-track at that. This is about Grant and his decision to get more playing time. He knows he’s not going to the NBA, but he wants to play basketball. He is actually making a great move, and this time next year might see him at another D1 school, perhaps a mid-major like Butler. You just don’t know.

    As far as Crean is concerned, this has absolutely nothing to do with why he is gone. Sure, he’s missed on some players, but he’s been able to take a chance given all the other talent on his teams. NOBODY plays all 13 scholarships. It is smart to gamble once in a while to see if something can develop. In Grants case, it was a possibility that he could become another NZ. Didn’t work out. Move on.

  • banarish

    I was kinda hoping their mascot is the Corn Dogs.

  • inLinE6

    I watched NZ’s first couple games for IU in Canada. I was sold as soon as I saw him play. He had incredible confidence. I honestly didn’t see that from GG. I think he could play at D1 level some day, but not anywhere close to power conference.

  • TomJameson

    I know what you’re saying, but you were watching two guys at different times in their careers. NZ redshirted a year, then played, then came to IU 2 years. When you saw Nick, he was 3 years older and more experienced than when you saw GG.

    It’s too bad they were handled differently, because Grant is one heck of a shooter. I hope his “reset” does well for him. He should get a lot of minutes and able to highlight his talents.

    Remember when Nick was first recruited to IU? Crean took tons of flak for that, but there was a lot of crow eating once Nick really took off.

  • BannerOrBust

    Clappy really swung and missed with this kid.

  • Stew

    Good for him! I hope he kills it there, and gets his way back to D1 in the future. Always kinda felt like he was offered just so Crean could say look I’m recruiting Indiana, but you could see that it was going to be difficult at the Big 10 level. Kid can shoot it though!

  • cyberg8s

    Crean was also over-compensating for a lack of shooting on one year’s squad by offering every shooter he could at the time

  • cyberg8s

    Agreed. Best of luck to this kid, but Crean offered/accepted him and told Northwestern’s McIntosh you’re not B1G caliber?

  • cyberg8s

    Road Runners unfortunately. So many great options and they went with that.

  • plane1972

    Precisely! One of two things happened: Archie moved on from Grant, which seems more likely to me; or Grant made a terrible decision to leave and end up where he is. I don’t blame any of this on Crean. Just the opposite. I think it shows that D1 scholarships are one-year contracts for a good percentage of guys, particularly those who are recruited for a unique skill set (i.e., sharp shooter with limited athletic skills).

  • marcusgresham

    Would’ve given the opportunity to nickname the gym “The Deep Fryer!”

  • JethroTroll

    Or, what I consider to be much more likely, Grant came to the realization that playing time was going to be hard to come by, so he decided to go somewhere where he can see the floor. It’s nobody’s fault.

  • TomJameson

    Exactly, nobody’s fault. This is a story that unfolds many times in CBB. I truly with Grant the best of luck in his college career.

  • Dyerhoosier

    Cool for him to go to IU, but he just won’t get playing time at Indiana. I hope he does well, it was cool seeing a kid from my part of Indiana in the team.

  • cyberg8s

    Good for him. I’d have accepted an offer to play at IU too. None of it is his fault and I wished him best of luck. Knocked Crean and didn’t knock the kid at all, so I think your comment reads much snarkier than mine.

    Maybe you should head over to big blue nation instead.