Sheehey: Visit went well, but no commitment yet

Will Sheehey said he thinks he has all the information he needs to make a college choice. Now he just needs to sit down with his family and make a decision.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing from Florida visited Indiana and said he was happy with what he saw from the Hoosiers.

“The visit was great,” Sheehey said by phone Sunday night after returning home. ” I learned a lot about Indiana, you know, between the basketball and the football game, I got to know a lot about the student life.”

Sheehey said he was particularly impressed by IU coach Tom Crean.

“Coach Crean is a very intense guy,” Sheehey said. “He wants to win and that’s all there is to it. I think he’s a guy who just wants to win every game possible and that’s the kind of guy you want in your program.”

Sheehey said he isn’t quite ready to commit yet, though, and plans on discussing the matter with his family and coaches this weekend. He’s taken trips to Stanford, George Washington, Vanderbilt and Miami as well as Indiana and doesn’t have any more planned, but is taking his time to make the choice.

“I’m just looking for the place where I’m going to be the most comfortable,” he said. “I think I know everything that there is to know about every school that I’m considering. It’s just a matter of where I think I can excel the most.”

The early signing period runs from Wednesday until Nov. 18, and he said he isn’t sure if he will sign then or not.

“As of right now, it’s still up in the air,” Sheehey said. “Whenever I reach that decision is when I’ll commit. If it’s the day after the signing period, then I’ll just commit and sign in the spring.”

32 comments

  1. Hopefully none of the other four schools he’s considering have a coach “who just wants to win every game possible”.

  2. Amazing, isn’t it? That no other schools hire coaches who want to win as many games as possible. That no other schools hire coaches who work hard. That no other school hire coaches who make the players work hard and improve.

    IU is just so very fortunate, isn’t it?

  3. Oh, and Laffy…

    You recruit “ten 3 star guards” so that MAYBE one of them actually commits. It’s called not putting all your eggs in one basket.

    I’m pretty sure every coach over-recruits by the boatload. It’s just the nature of operating in a business that deals exclusively with fickle high schoolers.

  4. I heard Crean interviewed by Don Fischer before the Grace game and he voiced his desire to get a forward that possessed more athleticism…(maybe there’s a transcript out there somewher…Get on that Scoop)….They were interesting comments that basically affirmed his own realization that he just hasn’t been able to find that key long forward/post player that possesses an array of skills…That being said, he has to build the best team possible that can viably compete based on what is currently in the market…kids that wholeheartedly consider Indiana to be on their list of prospective schools…At this time it’s guards. It’s a bit disconcerting, but it’s a fact…They key components, the final pieces to the puzzle, are the most difficult to pull away from the current elite programs..(e.g. Adreian Payne going to MSU)

    Many have misconstrued his ideas into believing he’s exclusively a guard oriented coach…I think his ultimate desire is to play a uptempo game more in the style of the NBA…the front court talent to fit that style of ball are just more difficult to find to complete the mix. Don’t think he’s not actively searching…I heard the desire come straight from the horse’s mouth…

  5. The New Coke, Very well put! It is amazing how much you can learn when you actually listen to Coach Crean instead of second
    guessing him with negative words and thoughts. We have 6 players
    taller than 6’8″. Granted they are not all ready to start today but
    Coach did get the best players he could find to fit his system and
    4 of them could start and during the season will start at some point. I am ready for basketball and I am ready to look for the positive things surrounding this team. Coach had to start rebuilding this program from ground zero lets have a little faith
    and support that he knows what he is doing.

  6. “I think we need ten 3 Star guards on the team.”

    Have to agree with Laffy on this one. Im not necessarily opposed to being guard-oriented a little bit, but “3” star guards aren’t going to get us anywhere but mediocrity. Shouldn’t be too tough on Crean’s recruiting in his first two years, but if he can’t land a few bigtime recruits, and by “bigtime” I mean top 30 prospects by 2011-2012, then there will be a serious problem. This year’s class is nice, but no one aside from possibly Watford is on par with the type of talent that MSU & OSU is getting.

  7. Well I guess you’re gonna have to just go curl up and cry in a corner until we sign a 5-star, 7 foot center who can shoot three-pointers.

    See The New Coke’s post above. He’s obviously recruiting the best players who currently fit our team mold and who are currently realistic prospects given our position right now.

    Exercise some patience, and next time why not make an actual argument instead of just resorting to name calling?

    I mean, you’ve really hurt my feelings, and I’m now questioning my intelligence and the value of my life.

  8. A question for those that think Crean wants to run an uptempo program. What would make anyone think that? Even at Mu with an all guard roster and 3 all conference guards Marqueete was a slower half court team. Maybe you want Crean to run an uptempo program but nothing in his 9 tyears at MArquette or 1 year at Iu would indicate he is anything but a half court set peice coach.

  9. There are a lot of 4 Star guards on college teams that I would trade in a heart-beat for either Hulls, Rivers, or Jones if I were their coach and could. I believe that both Watford and Creek were 4 Star players. I believe that both Watford and Ellston are about 6’9. I believe that Ellston was a 4 Star until he was hurt the spring and summer before his senior year. As fans we really don’t know much about the talent, basketball skills, determination, etc. of any recruit. At 6’4, #133, 3 Star Victor Oladipo may be the best college player in his class in the country! We will know after the FUTURE plays out, not before! We pay head coaches to make good guesses!

  10. For the people who base their opinion solely on the number of stars next to a players name, you will be happy to know that Jerry Meyer, the guy from Rivals, said that although he is rated a 3 star he expects him to play like a 4 star. IMO, the reason he isn’t rated higher is two fold. One he didn’t play AAU until this summer which is when the scouting services really get to see kids. And two, he played on a pretty loaded team that included Fab Melo. Had he played on a team where he was the focal point, he might have been higher.

    And those long, athletic bigs don’t grow on trees. There are only a handful of those out there (much less than there are good guards) and they typically don’t end up a 6 win schools. We have to take our time, get back to competing for Big Ten championships and then grab one or two of those kids.

  11. Hey realist, how about listening to Coach Crean speak or watching some of the exhibition game? You might learn something. I’m not going to even try to explain why we KNOW Coach wants to be an up-tempo team, because its clear you won’t comprehend it anyways

  12. Casey–

    I did make an argument.

    You were crying we needed to recruit a ton of 3 star guards so we know we’ll get one of them. I correctly pointed out we already had a bunch of them so your point was stupid.

    We’ve got a TON of top recruits that have us on their short list. Since there are not an unlimited number of rides, we need to hold on to them for the great kids instead of giving them away like candy to every 3 star guard that says yes.

    Those great tall kids are not going to come to IU if they see nothing but 3 star guards on the team.

    Oladipo is the best in the best in the country? There is fandom and then there is stupidity.

  13. Ill take a bunch of 3 star guards that Crean recruits anyday over a bunch of wanna be Bracey Wrights. I liked bracey, thought he could have been a good player but its that mentality you get from the higher star guards. They come in at a clip of about 2:1 being non team players. So Ill take 50 3 star guards and be happy, its IU and Crean gets it, dont tell me he doesnt.

  14. Would it make you feel better if Oladipo and Sheehey moved up to 99 and 100 respectively so they could be 4 star players? Not that they could since the difference in talent level between 100 and 133 is SOO much…..(heavy sarcasm)

  15. Laffy,

    Let’s address each of your points:

    1. I apparently was “crying” we need to recruit a ton of 3 star guards: False. I simply stated that every coach in the nation over-recruits a ridiculous amount to ensure they end up with a full roster of decently talented players. I’m not saying we need tons of guards, but I am saying that it’s to be expected, and I trust Crean’s judgment of players over yours.

    2. We already have a “bunch” of three star guards, we have “TONS” of top recruits that have us on their short list: First of all, you use a lot of hyperbole. What’s your definition of a “bunch?” And if we’re lucky, ONE of those “top recruits” you speak of will commit to us (again, avoid putting all eggs in one basket).

    3. “Those great tall kids are not going to come to IU if they see nothing but 3 star guards on the team”: I’m pretty sure future recruits don’t care about the star rating of players on the team. I’d be more inclined to think they value the coach and his ability to develop players, the strength and national prestige of the team, the chances of playing in big games, the chances of winning a championship, team chemistry, how well the players actually play in games (not what their rivals rating was), campus life and maybe academics. IU has a lot to offer, but at the moment, we can’t promise that a player will be in the tournament. We can’t promise that he’ll be competing for championships at this juncture. THAT is the reason the big players you’re calling for may pass on IU at the moment — not because we have too many 3 star guards on the team. There is a scarcity of players who are both big AND athletic. Most of them are the top targets of teams who can promise an immediate chance to contend for a championship (Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, etc.) They’re not going to pass on that to be part of a rebuilding project.

    Besides, big guys aren’t anything without athletic guards who can move the ball down the floor and dish it inside to them.

    When you dismiss other people’s opinions as “stupid,” it just makes your argument weaker and more childish. Let your opinion stand on its own. I guess maybe you can’t in this case. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree in this case though, because you’ll continue to whine about who we recruit, and I’ll continue to be annoyed by your repetitive, stale posts.

  16. All 4/5 star guards are not like Bracey. Not by a LONG shot.

    Gosh, how do the top teams keep winning it all stacked with so many prima-donnas? (rolleyes)

  17. My perspective on this topic is that Coach Crean is doing a fine job. For those that want stars next to the names of our recruits, I give you Josh Selby (No. 4 nationally in Rivals), Jelan Kendrick (No. 8) and of course we were competitive for Irving (No. 9). This is for the class of 2010, one which I think rationale people would agree Crean was behind with for reasons not of his making. Crean is recruiting the high profile kids.

    But you can’t go after only the players with lots of stars. You need kids who can play that fit into your culture of academics, community, style of play, etc. You need kids with upside. You need four year players. Crean, especially, needs some Hoosier kids. You need role players and practice players that will help the gpa.

    I’m fine with what Coach is doing and its just gonna keep getting better as it becomes evident that things are turning around at IU.

  18. Crean has done a great job the first year of fielding a team that worked it’s butt off, but had trouble truly competing in many games. This year, we should be able to compete with anyone. Next year and the year after is when we will have a realistic chance to win most any game we play. What an exciting time to be IU fans.

    BTW, we are all Hoosiers. Let’s take our moms’ advice and “at least try to act as though you have some manner”. Enough of the name-calling.

  19. “Crean, especially, needs some Hoosier kids.”

    Slam dunk. Instant agreement….Maybe start looking into Chicago and NW Indiana a bit more, too.

  20. I’m so over the extended arguments about star ratings I’m not even going to address that. But, Laffy, you take an unusual pleasure in calling people morons, having done that to me and other posters in the past. Not sure why that’s the case, but I would suggest you maybe try to be happy from time to time, you might enjoy it.

  21. Open your heart and forgive…and the world shall be yours. Laffy is probalbly a nice guy under the thick layer of protective armor. We’ve all been there.

  22. You should know better than to pick a Bear. I should probalbly stop posting here..They don’t care for me too much..

    Bears certainly nothing to brag about lately..”Monsters of the Midway” no more.

  23. • The New Coke | November 9th, 2009 at 8:29 am |

    “Many have misconstrued his ideas into believing he’s exclusively a guard oriented coach…I think his ultimate desire is to play a uptempo game more in the style of the NBA…the front court talent to fit that style of ball are just more difficult to find to complete the mix. Don’t think he’s not actively searching…I heard the desire come straight from the horse’s mouth…”

    • realist | November 9th, 2009 at 11:45 am |

    “A question for those that think Crean wants to run an uptempo program. What would make anyone think that? Even at Mu with an all guard roster and 3 all conference guards Marqueete was a slower half court team. Maybe you want Crean to run an uptempo program but nothing in his 9 tyears at MArquette or 1 year at Iu would indicate he is anything but a half court set peice coach.”

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    Crean: It’s just a glimpse of what we want it to be
    • By Dustin Dopirak | Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Crean again discussed the Hoosiers’ hurry-up style of play and again related it to recruiting. He told a rotary club questioner that he couldn’t address specific recruits because of NCAA rules, but that he was hoping to project to them an appealing style of play.

    realist-

    Is it more real yet?

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