Some news on Echenique

Just spoke to Dan Hurley, the former Seton Hall star who coached Rutgers transfer Greg Echenique at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. Hurley stressed that he doesn’t know much about Echenique’s transfer process. He also said that Echenique’s parents, who don’t speak English, are handling most of it, and Echenique himself does not want to talk about the recruitment publicly.

“It’s just going to be one of these things where this is just going to go on,” Hurley said. “He’s going to take about a week to 10 days and he’s just going to pick a school. There’s not going to be a lot of chatter.”

Hurley did, however, confirm a few points of interest. For one, Indiana is one of the teams involved. Creighton, Maryland, and Miami are also in, though Hurley was not sure if there are other schools.

Also, Echenique’s eye injury will play a factor in the recruitment. He had surgery earlier this season to repair a detached retina, and because of that, he has been advised by doctors not to fly on planes because the increased air pressure can be a problem for the eye.

“That limits his ability to take any official visits to the schools,” Hurley said.

The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder was averaging 12.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in the season’s first seven games before having surgery.

10 comments

  1. GFDave,

    Well, he’s a Hurley. And he runs a high school program that constantly produces DI players. So I’d say Crean — who has gotten players out of there before — probably does as much as he can to keep that relationship solid. But so do most other major coaches.

    Obviously having Roshown McLeod, who played for Bob Hurley, could make some difference. But ultimately I’d say that St. Benedict’s is a school where a lot of big time coaches come around, and they are all generally treated equally.

  2. Echenique would definitely boost our frontcourt and I would have to believe he’d start as soon as he was eligible. 6’9-260 lbs. who actually understands the college game is a breath of fresh air for IU right now.

    I’m cautiously optimistic here, but Crean has struggled (or simply denied) recuiting bigs here, so I don’t know.

  3. On January 12th, 2010 at 3:56 pm Sam asked:

    Good update. How do you pronounce Echenique?

    On January 12th, 2010 at 4:16 pm Chris Korman replied:

    Sam,

    It’s etch-ih-NEE-kay.

    So it’s “Eight Cheaney Cats” without the “ts”?

  4. 7 to 10 day, sounds like we won’t have to wait long to hear if we will be getting some badly needed help in our frontcourt. If he decides that quick and we don’t get him it shouldn’t hurt us any as far as getting a commit from some other frontcourt targets.

  5. Definitely agree IUMIKE. It’s nice that this decision will be quick. Many times these things are drawn out. As for his choice, my guess is Maryland. His Venezuelan teammate Greivis Vasquez being the deciding factor. Would be nice to get him though.

    PB

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