On the road

Tom Crean made his first recruiting trip as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers today when he attended the Top 100 Showcase at Ben Davis High School.  Crean watched the players rotate through drill stations — he sat right in front of the group working on rebounds because he wanted to evaluate the intensity each player brought — then watched a few games. He and assistant Tim Buckley made sure to watch recruit Derek Elston play, and the 6-8 forward out of Tipton played well. Elston said that he hasn’t actually had a conversation with Crean yet but will do so on Sunday when he takes an unofficial visit.

Crean was also checking out another class of 2009 forward, Stephan Van Treese out of Lawrence North. And he made sure to see a few runs by Jordan Hulls, a 2009 guard out of Bloomington South who made a visit to Indiana earlier this week.

Crean is headed to Akron tonight for the King James Shooting Star Classic, one of the premier AAU tournaments of the April evaluation period.  Now that Crean has been given 10 recruiting days, he’s using them carefully. He said he might use one or two more this month and save the others for July.


  1. Kind of off topic, but have you heard any word on Miles Plumlee and any interest he might have after decomitting from Stanford?

    Great job on the blog. Seems like you guys are in the know with Coach Creen!

  2. Jeff,

    I’d say right now that it’s unclear what level of interest exists between Miles Plumlee and Indiana, or the other way around.

    I have some thoughts about it and I’ve talked to a few people who should be in the know, but I’m hoping to hear from a few more sources before I’m ready to report anything as gospel.

    But I can’t imagine Indiana won’t at least try to measure Plumlee’s interest; the Hoosiers seem to be trying to get in on every big man still available.

    One other thought: Stanford hired Johnny Dawkins, the long-time Duke assistant, as its head coach today. The Plumlees presumably already have a strong relationship with Dawkins — Mason Plumlee has given Duke a verbal commitment — so I wonder if Miles won’t reconsider.

  3. The Plumlees have known for some time that Dawkins would be the new coach and they still asked out of the LOI.

  4. based on previous comment, it sounds like maybe Crean is more accessible and open to you guys than say…….. the former coach?

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