A reflective Tuesday afternoon

Tom Crean held a press conference today, even though we had discussed his team’s Wednesday game against Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.

We discussed the Demon Deacons a bit more today, but also had time to talk with Crean about his philosophies on and off the court.

Here’s the audio, which is probably worth a listen if you’re interested in hearing Crean ruminate on a number of topics. (Thanks to John Decker for sending me the file, since my recorder freaked out today.)

A few quick notes from what Crean had to say:

  • Verdell Jones, who suffered a head injury against Cornell, went back to classes today and was expected to attend practice, though his level of participation was to be determined. He’s “questionable, at best” for tomorrow’s game, Crean said.
  • Crean continued his praise of Wake Forest guard Jeff Teague, saying the Pike product is “playing as well as any guard in the country.” Crean specifically recalled a play late in Wake’s game agianst UTEP when Teague went hard to the hole and drew a foul as an example of his “courage and toughness.”
  • Blocking out has been an emphasis in recent days for the Hoosiers. Crean said his team has not been aggressive enough on that front. “If we stand and wait for the contact to come to us we may not even feel the contact,” he said, referring to the games against Wake Forest and Gonzaga. “They’ll go up over us.”
  • Crean hasn’t been given an update on the basketball practice facility, though he and his staff did have some input into some recent changes made to the plans. Most notably, they asked that padding be added to the walls in the practice gym.
  • On the recruiting front, Crean’s coaches are still encountering a lot of kids who are in what he termed a “wait-and-see mode.” Young players are still waiting to see how Indiana will play under Crean, and of course Crean tells them that this team hasn’t been built to play the way his teams will eventually play. But it’s hard to convince kids of that. So the Hoosiers are still behind a little bit in recruiting as the program becomes stabilized after the NCAA ruling.
  • Right now, Crean’s assistants are concentrating on building this team by being in town and at practices. There will be times that one or two of them will try to get out to see prospects that are playing near whereever the Hoosiers are on a roadtrip as the season continues. When the schedule becomes a little bit more regular come conference play, they’ll be able to plan more trips, too. Crean’s assistants did get new BlackBerry phones recently, so he expects them to be making all their calls to prospects.
  • Not too many, though.
  • The team had Thanksgiving dinner together on Friday night in Assembly Hall and each player said what he was thankful for. Crean said that what he learned was that all the players are thankful for their families and their extended basketball family at IU.

2 comments

  1. Crean discussed a virtual tour of the basketball practice facility….Has anyone seen this or possibly have a link to it?

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