Recruits aware of Crean’s situation

In today’s print edition, I detailed how the majority of recruits, when asked, said they were aware of the violations imposed on Tom Crean and his assistants this month.

Since not all (or most) of you are subscribers, here’s a little tease of what was on doorsteps this morning.

Still, the restrictions IU has placed on itself after the alleged NCAA violations Kelvin Sampson committed have put the Hoosier staff in a tough spot.

They must recruit the top-level talent, the kind of players necessary to rebuild a once-proud program, with fewer resources than other elite programs.

The key, Crean said, is honesty.

“I’m trying to be in as many places as we possibly can,” Crean said last week. “At the same time, bear with us because we’re going to get through this. We’re going to get through it hopefully in a short period of time.”

It does help that Crean has already racked up four verbal commitments for the class of 2009 — guards Jordan Hulls and Maurice Creek and forwards Bobby Capobianco and Derek Elston.

The security of having all but one scholarship filled for next year’s class has allowed IU to move on to the class of 2010 and 2011.

Even the rising high school freshmen are in the mix.

“You should know who they are,” Crean said of the class of 2012.

Some of the players that IU has been recruiting, and who are interested in joining the Hoosiers, said that Crean has been up-front with them about what is going on.

Stephan Van Treese could potentially be the last commitment for the class of 2009. He said that Crean told him to call as much as he would like.

Marquis Teague, a point guard out of Indianapolis Pike who is considered a top-10 player in the class of 2011, said he was aware of the situation.

“(Crean) explained all that to me,” Teague said. “He told me what he could do and can’t do.”

Ryan Taylor, a 2011 forward from Indianapolis Lawrence North, was just recently told that IU was interested in recruiting him. He said that he was aware of the restrictions, but couldn’t really pin-point any differences in terms of amount of contact.

South guard Spencer Turner said he has yet to notice a difference.

“I don’t know what his limitations are, how much he can do this or how much he can do that,” Turner said. “I don’t really pay much attention to it.

“But Crean is awesome. He’s an awesome guy.”

The real positive for Crean is that the younger players are not rushing to make a commitment. Teague said he will take his time, and Taylor is still early in his process.

As restrictions are lifted, and IU returns to “normal,” it can go full-force after the kids it wants, with a foundation already in place.