As we’ve reported, Tom Crean is visiting Alabama wing Christian Watford today.
As the Facebook
stalkers connoisseurs at Inside The Hall have reported, Watford changed his status Monday night to “WORLDâ€¦STAY TUNED 4 TOMORROW!!!!!!”
This means either he’s planning on telling Crean he’d like to play at Indiana or there’s a gigantic meteor headed our way that only Christian Watford knows about. Either way, it’s exhilarating.
We saw Watford play multiple times — for multiple teams — this summer. Most of the times we saw him, we described him as smooth. And he is. The game seems to come naturally to him.
Toward the end of the summer, word got out that Watford didn’t exactly play very vigorously on defense. This caused a mini-uproar among Indiana fans, who equate not playing defense to other signficant ailments such as not having a soul and thinking Bruce Weber’s voice isn’t really all that annoying once you get used to it.
I’m in no way qualified to tell you whether or not Watford’s commitment to playing defense should be a legitimate concern. To date, I’ve seen exactly one player — Eric Gordon — play great defense consistently in AAU games. But that’s E.J. I’m guessing he was stuffing kids at recess in second grade. And also dunking.
Watford’s got the makings of a great defender. He’s long. He needs to get stronger, but almost everybody that age does. And, seriously, it’s AAU basketball. Even if you’re part of an established program with actual coaches, you mostly end up playing a lot of teams that are just there to run and show off. The lack of structure leaks out to the entire game.
My guess is that Crean vetted Watford’s defensive abilities at the elite camp. Watford was paired with Bloomington South PG Jordan Hulls, another 2009 IU recruit, and their team didn’t lose a single game.