Capobianco talks about IU, his decision


Bobby Capobianco, who confirmed today that he has given Tom Crean a verbal commitment to play for the Hoosiers beginning in the fall of 2009, spoke with me a little while ago about his decision.

“This is what I was hoping for and I’m really excited,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better situation. It’s only two hours from my house and I’ll be playing for a coach I really wanted to play for. I’ve always been drawn to IU because of the tradition that is associated with Indiana basketball. You get a sense of that just being in Assembly Hall.”

Capobianco, a 6-8, 230-pound inside force from Loveland, OH, originally had narrowed his college choices down to West Virginia and Marquette after he had developed a close relationship with Tom Crean while Crean was still at Marquette.

Capobianco had always wanted to play at Indiana, but wasn’t recruited by former Hoosier head man Kelvin Sampson. When Crean took the Indiana job, Capobianco knew there was a real possibility he would end up at Indiana.

“It all came down to those two factors, Indiana and Coach Crean,” he said. “We developed such a great relationship while he was at Marquette. We connected on a lot of things in terms of how we feel the game should be played. When he called me after he took the job at IU, I told him I was ready to go.”

Capobianco, who averaged 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks a game last season as a junior, plans to visit Bloomington and the IU campus Tuesday.


  1. It’s Capobianco. Love this kid. If this is the type of player that Crean wants to rebuild IU with, I can’t wait to watch.

    I have a feeling that he’ll strive to be a Joe Alexander type. Crean obviously wants to recruit players that are big, can rebound and will develop jump shots. Thoughts?

  2. In addition to his well-developed, big-man skills, this is just an out-and-out, hard-working, GOOD KID ! ! !

    Dr. Richard Fischer, IU ’68, ’73
    Missi Fischer, ATC, MS IU ’95
    Loveland, Ohio

  3. Was anyone else worried when he said “he called me after he took the IU job”, not more phone calls LOL

  4. With him and Elston and Pritchard I think we have a nice core of big guys with skills that may develop into very good players by the time they are sophomores or Juniors. Crean is building some nice depth for the frontcourt in the near future.

    Now we just need to bring in some more playmakers. I like Roger Franklin and Nick Williams. 6’5/6’6 combo guards that can penetrate, shoot it from distance and create plays while rebounding out of their positions.

  5. Front-court size and depth. What a novelty. We need a play-maker. AB if he is re-instated is OK but we need someone who can distribute the ball. I recently read somewhere, that the ’10 Indiana class is loaded. Anyone know names, positions, and sizes?

  6. Nice get, a guy no one has ever heard of. What a solid way to start off recruiting. Way to go Tom!

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