Sheehey: It’s Indiana

Will Sheehey’s explanation for picking Indiana was close to the same his future coach had when he left Marquette.

““From a basketball perspective, it’s Indiana,” he said. ““I mean, tradition is just oozing out of Assembly Hall. Plus, Coach Crean is turning the program around, and I want to be part of the rebuilding process.”

Sheehey also reiterated what his coach Adam Ross said about the Kelley School of Business. Sheehey, whose grade point average is above a 4.0, hopes to major in business as an undergraduate, then attend law school.

Sheehey had received scholarship offers from Stanford, George Washington, Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.) and Arizona State. However, most of the schools who were still competing with Indiana were ones that had not yet offered. Sheehey said he was still considering Michigan and UCLA as well as Arizona State.

““Michigan and UCLA both saw me in the early period,” Sheehey said. “They told me they were sending their head coaches down, but I told them not to do that because I was committing to Indiana.”

Sheehey said he was pretty certain about committing to Indiana, but he wanted to get the input of his parents and Ross. He sat them down Saturday night for a discussion, and learned they were mostly thinking the way he was.

““I sat down with my family and pretty much said ‘What do you think is best for me?’” he said. “And they all said ‘Indiana University.’ Indiana was my No. 1 choice, but I wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page, and that I was not just basing my opinion on one weekend. Pretty much everyone said it was go.”

Sheehey said his commitment was in no way influenced by Jelan Kendrick’s decision to sign with Memphis. Kendrick, a 6-6 guard who can play everything from point guard to small forward and the No. 8 player in the Class of 2010, announced his decision the same way Sheehey made his.

“No,” Sheehey said, “because we play different positions.”

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