Dustin Dopirak just reached Roshown McLeod, who said he did not want to comment tonight because he is talking with his family. He will be available tomorrow.
When I asked Indiana media relations director J.D. Campbell where Roshown McLeod, an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team, was on Saturday afternoon — since he wasn’t at the game — I was told he was out recruiting.
It was his last day on the road representing the Hoosiers.
Indiana has put out a press release saying McLeod is done. They use some nice language to explain the situation, but it appears as though McLeod was fired.
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean informed assistant coach Roshown McLeod on Sunday that his contract would not be renewed for next year and he will no longer be with the team effective immediately.
“There is never a good time for something like this, but it is a decision that had to be made moving forward,” said Crean.
Clearly there is more to this. But we probably won’t be able to get it at 9:45 on a Sunday night. But we’ll try.
McLeod a former NBA player who finished his college career at Duke, was Tom Crean’s final hire two summers ago. He had been working with the Atlanta Celtics AAU program in the Atlanta area and was going to coach high school basketball before being lured away. He’d served as an assistant for only one year, at Fairfield from 2002-2003, after his pro career.
McLeod was brought in because of his ties to the Celtics and in Northern Jersey. He played for legendary high school coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony, but Indiana had been unable to snag any talent from that area since he joined the staff. It recruited top guard Kyrie Irving, but he ultimately chose Duke.
McLeod was also instrumental in recruiting David Williams, a small forward out of Florida who verbally committed to the Hoosiers last April shortly after receiving a scholarship offer. Pundits were surprised that Indiana had offered Williams, who played with the Atlanta Celtics and was not highly regarded in recruiting circles. Williams did not sign with Indiana in October, and his father told The Herald-Times that he wanted to keep his options open.