K-Samp offers his final thoughts . . .(with audio)

Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson met with the media today to discuss the past season while also offering a glimpse of the future.

Click here to hear the entire press conference. 

Notes of most immediate interest:

— Sampson expects to sign at least one player during the spring signing season. That means he expects at least one scholarship to become open, somehow.

–That spot could be opened by D.J. White jumping to the NBA. Sampson is encouraging D.J. to take a look at where he’d end up in the draft. The NBA general managers hold a mock draft in April, Sampson said, that college players can use to gauge where they might end up. Sampson was asked if he thought White was ready to go and said his opinion didn’t really matter. Players are drafted into the NBA based on potential, not actual preparedness, he said.

–Sampson doesn’t have any feeling about how the point guard position will shake out next season. Going into this year, he had three guys who could play there: Earl Calloway, Armon Bassett and Errek Suhr. Next season, he’ll have three guys capable of playing there: Bassett, Juco transfer Jamarcus Ellis and freshman Jordan Crawford.

–Sampson said that forward Lance Stemler, whose offensive production flat-lined during the second half of the season, struggled with a severely injured ankle. He’ll need surgery soon.

–A.J. Ratliff will undergo an MRI Friday to determine how his injured wrist needs to be dealt with. He, too, could need surgery.

–The Hoosiers won’t be nearly as dependent on the 3-point shot next season, Sampson claimed. Four of the five current new recruits are excellent at attacking the basket. The fifth, center Eli Holman, won’t be a “ready-made player” Sampson said, but could develop enough to be effective.

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  1. I heard Sampson is trying to pull some strings so he can suit up Doug, Chris, and even Matt the intern to bolster the backcourt next season. Not sure how he’s going to open up all those spots…some magic I guess.

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