Thoughts on Indiana basketball and college hoops in general . . .
- No word yet on Indiana’s third assistant coach. Tom Crean has said that he wasn’t in any rush to fill the position because, per IU’s self-sanctions, that person would not have been able to recruit. Well, that part of the sanctions — as well as restrictions on how many times the basketball staff can contact recruits — expired yesterday. So there should be movement there soon. It will be interesting to see if Crean, who so far hasÂ hired only people he’s worked with before, brings in what Gary Parrish of CBS calls a free-agent assistant.
- Christian Watford told Louisville Courier-Journal recruiting writer Jody Demling, who hit the late July circuit hard, that Indiana coaches have called him their “No. 1 target.” That makes sense. Watford’s a dynamic scorer whose game is similar to former Indiana recruit Devin Ebanks. He’s 6-7 and, in the games I’ve seen him play, has effortlessly dominated the unique summer-style games. Watford may make the trip to Bloomington for an elite camp taking place later this month.
- Marshall Plumlee may attend the same camp, according to Mike Pegram and Peegs.com. Both of Plumlee’s older brothers are headed to Duke, but the sophomore-to-be is still early in his decision-making process. Indiana is also following the development of Cody Zeller, younger brother of Notre Dame’s Luke and North Carolina’s Tyler. Think about what those families have seen: their kids have been recruited by three different IU head coaches and probably three or four or five different assistants.
- Parrish has an interesting story on elite camps, by the way. In my two years here I haven’t caught on to IU pulling this trick. Anybody who’s been around longer think of an instance where this took place here?