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The assistants are wandering in, so I think this is actually happening. We will, today, hear about the 2013 signing class, and about Butler, I presume. Stay tuned to this space.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
We are still in a holding pattern at present. Working on the VIP Room, but holding it to include some of this.
On when Devin and Collin committed: "It was almost like having twins. They committed within about 20 minutes of each other after a game a couple of years ago."
Crean says Hartman will play a big role as a shotmaker, but his passing, moving, etc. make him more than just a shooter:
"He’s got tremendous court sense."
"He's got some similarities to Will. They have some different strengths."
Says they both move and cut well off the ball.
Stan Robinson moved up the target board when Kenny Johnson was hiring, Crean says: "Shortly after we hired Kenny, it became a priority, because I think it became a place where he saw himself. ... We always saw some Victor in him."
Says he's doing really well against strong competition at Findlay.
On Troy Williams: "That window kept getting bigger, and we just kept staying after it. There was a guy we were always a fan of. ... He’s a cross between Will and Victor."
Says his wing rebounding will be a big plus that he adds.
"He's a stat sheet stuffer without really understanding how to do all that yet."
On Vonleh, who he said is a rare combination of skilled and humble and smart: "You can’t expect that. You can’t go into a recruiting time period and think that you’re going to be able to get somebody like that. The stars were aligned for us."
Sorry, missed Fischer. Crean calls him a winner, points out he's won at every level. Says he's still growing into being a 7-footer, and that Crean likes how he's trying to learn and model his game from observing Cody Zeller.
Crean on whether being No. 1 opened any doors: "No question it did. I think we could go back to the Kentucky game last year. There’s no question that that had national value for us."
Emphasizes Indiana will always recruit "inside out," start in Indiana.
"Where would this program be without Jordan Hulls or Derek Elston?"
"It's not as much about the national reach as how people view your program."
Good thought from Tim Buckley, who points out Crean has second-contract NBA veterans, guys like Steve Novak and Travis Diener who haven't just made it to the NBA but stuck there.
Crean on the oversigning issue:
"That’s all part of the stuff that goes on in the program, as far as being able to project, and at the same time, being able to have a Plan A, a Plan B, a Plan C, and we just have those. ... It’s rarely ever going to be public. … It’s not like we just throw things out as a whim, and we’re certainly not just trying to stockpile for stockpiling’s sake."
Also emphasizes he's not worried current players might base NBA decisions on scholarship situation.
Crean on Kenny Johnson:
Says he "fits" Indiana very well, is eager and hard working.
"It’s like recruiting a great player that you know is gonna be really good, but you don’t know how good until you get him, and I think Kenny’s like that. ... I wanted somebody that was gonna come in and really, really fit with this staff and with this program. And Kenny has gotten his own ideas, and his own thoughts … but he was still relatively new to this business."
Cheaney on the class as a whole: "Six guys that will be here. They bring a lot of great skills to the game --- size, length, athleticism, but more importantly, great character. They’re great kids, and they have great character."
Compares Troy Williams in particular to "a bigger version of Greg Graham."
Suggests Stan Robinson might have some comparisons to his own game.
McClain up solo now, talking Butler. On integrating Perea and Jurkin into the rotation: "I think it’ll just be a game feel, and I think coach has that in his mind, of how they can be used. But again, a lot of guys get to have their first game be Coppin State and not Butler."
"They’ve got a good basketball team. That’s what you see when you watch on tape. Marshall has been just a monster for them lately. Smith’s coming off his career high, or tying his career high at Northwestern."
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