Abraham is sleeping on it

Moses Abraham’s recruitment will continue at least until Tuesday. A source close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-9 forward will sleep on his choice between Georgetown and Indiana. This does allow for a change in dynamic, as Tuesday begins a contact period which would allow for Indiana’s coaching staff to meet with Abraham in person. Whether that is actually planned, however, is unknown.


  1. Desperate for good news the Hoosier Nation slept fitfully through the night, not knowing what the next day would bring. Their hopes pinned to a man whose existence on this earth they had only recently become aware. A voice unheard. A smile unknown. A game ill-defined. Moses Abraham, what say ye’? Hoosiers and Hoyas await.

  2. Is somebody mis-guiding Abraham? If he is serious about IU as sources indicate, then he can’t make a wise decision until he visits Bloomington and takes observations and interviews. I feel sorry for this kid because it is obvious what the next step should be if the sources are correct about his preliminary interest in IU.

  3. If Crean really wants this kid, you have to think he’ll have someone out there waiting to talk to Abraham when he wakes up — if not Crean himself.

    If they don’t try to see him in person in some way/get him to campus, that would indicate to me that he’s one of several options we plan on pursuing.

  4. Well what ever the answer maybe this kid has endured and all the fans of both schools are waiting patiently and wondering what may come next. I feel for him and we all need to take a breath and exhale and what comes comes. He needs to process what is in from of him. I proud to be a hoosier fan. Moses with all the tradition and having Mo Creek, VO coming to B-Town and having Bawa there would be fun to play together. See what happens. You would look good in Candy Strips…Go Hoosiers………

  5. This would be a giant step for Moses. To help put together a great tradition of Indiana Basketball and be apart to put a 6th banner would be special. Plus helping Coach Crean turn this program around. Georgetown cant offer those things and it doesnt have the history! We would love to have you plus what theodore said above is correct. Come see us and you will join us!

  6. 4 guards is very interested in this guy. When I heard he was going to announce last night at 7 I didn’t think that was good for IU but now it is game on MA. Preach it CTC.

  7. He just had his Captain Crunch meal at 9:12, so stay tuned people. Crean should be meeting with him soon, with a pending IU announcement at noon.

  8. Dustin,Hugh&Chris– You guys do an excellent job in letting us know whats going on. Thanks much

  9. Hoosier Nation has been clamoring for a highly touted big man all season. If Crean delivers on Moses then it’s a huge step.

    This is a strange situation…but you have to wonder how often something like this used to happen, but we just never knew about it. In this day and age, word travels so much more quickly. I am sure the kids and their advisors feel pressure to make decisions and have some sort of news out there.

  10. I believe this situation is going to have huge ramifications all through the IU program.

    If he commits, someone is going to have to go. If he doesn’t commit, I wonder if you’ll see guys stick around for the playing time.

    Also, it just adds to the scholarship crunch that is happening, and IU needs to somehow get about 6 scholarships available for the 2011 & 2012 classes.

    Should be an interesting off-season this year.

  11. I think Crean has already hinted that people will have to go if they cant compete. We aren’t a charity, and I hate to see a good kid go, but we are in the business of rebuilding and winning. If you aren’t good enough to contribute to a winning team, there simply isn’t enough space anymore.

  12. People are comparing this guy’s defense to Ewing, but why have I not heard Dikembe’s name come up? Talkling about this guy as the next Mutombo is a lot more accurate on many levels.

  13. Terry Hutchens is reporting on his blog that Crean and some portion of the rest of the staff visited DC last weekend and that it may be that one staff member stayed behind to be available to speak with MoAb in person.

    He is also reporting that MoAb’s parents and an advisor have flown in from Nigeria to help him out. Obviously this is not a slam dunk decision for the kid.

    I agree with PARPP. Crean has indicated some players aren’t tough enough. Also, we need to get some balance in the classes. The 7 in the current freshman class (including Roth because of redshirt) is too many. Its impacting our ability to recruit for the stocked 2011 and 2012 classes and also leaves a huge vacuum in 2013.

  14. Jubilee makes a great point. Mo Creek committed without visiting the campus. These guys aren’t committing because the campus is soo pretty, they are committing to the Basketball program. C’mon over Moses!

  15. I am really hoping Pritchard transfers. I hate to say this because I am sure he’s a good kid. But he fell off of the map this year and really lost the mental edge needed to become a better player. THe fact that the entire team said that he was consistently “All Big 10” in practice tells us that something about the game-time atmosphere was getting into his head. This is the type of mental block that Ben Allen developed, and it took going to a smaller school with less pressure for him to finally shake the jitters.

    Pritch really looked like Kyle Taber out there this year, except for a few random break-outs. I have no idea how a guy can become so tentative.

  16. Off from work with the flu….could really use something to perk me up. Moses choosing IU would be just the pill.

  17. you know it is tough to hear people talk about who stays and who should go…every one of these guys came to help out….or do you think they were all told “we want you to come play for Indiana until we can get some better players”… now if they told everyone that then all is well…but if it isn’t…then let there be loyalty…that is how we got here guys…there was no loyalty from Miles Brand on up and out to disarm that bitter situation….and then with the number of former bb grads giving imput to an even worse situation the no loyalty crudes hire Sampson

  18. I agree you need loyalty but you also need production. Being an all star in practice doesn’t get you to the tourney. I remember Davis using that same excuse. I don’t want to see Pritch leave either but transfers are just a part of the process.

  19. Part of the reason Pritch practices so well, imo, is that he is relatively big, strong and good compared to our other bigs. Compared to other starting B10 bigs, now that’s another matter. But he can play some and would be fine coming off the bench.

    Personally, and I know others don’t agree, I think Bawa needs to play D2. At this point in the program we just don’t have room for projects. We need on the floor contributors, not just classroom guys. I just don’t think he will catch up to the D1 game in time to help us, his physique notwithstanding.

    He also makes sense as a transfer since he is in the class with too many players, the rest of whom have shown good promise going forward.

  20. GFDave,
    I will agree with you for once. I think Pritchard is needed for depth off the bench. He can provide a spark and with our current roster, he is our best center option.
    Bawa doesn’t belong in D1. He is just wasting a scholarship we need and is completely lost in every aspect of the game.

  21. I would like to see Bawa get another year or development. Let’s give him another year to show what he can or can’t do. As for Pritch, we saw how much he regressed, which is troubling when most say that players improve the most between year 1 and 2. Having an athletic, albeit a lost one, in Bawa can be invaluable. I can’t give up on him just yet.

  22. Someone on Peegs just posted that Tom Crean is on a jet back to D.C. Can someone verify that?

  23. That is the rumor, that he is flying out to meet Moab’s parents, who just came into town as well.

  24. Man, this is an incredible drama taking place here. You gotta admire Coach’s determination.

  25. I regrettably agree with 4guards…Pritch should stay.

    Until we get a premier post player(and I don’t think Moses is that guy), I don’t see any benefit in shoving Pritch out the door.

    Crean stated in a recent interview that we need a guard that can create a lot of “havoc”..Elston, Watford, Pritch, and Capo would benefit tremendously with a guard that has a complete game package…Hulls size will always be a moderate drawback..Jones doesn’t have the quickness and strength…Mo is the closest, but I still like him as more of a guy operating on the break and shooting the long ball.

    Back to Pritch: Football tire drills all summer long…He needs more foot speed. This would even help his efforts on the glass..a large part of rebounding is positioning and timing. I even think it would help his free throw shooting..He doesn’t bend his knees..the lower body gets out of timing, the upper follows from shoulders to wrists….Simply my take on his problems shooting and getting elevation.. I’m definitely not a coach..Just a guy that played a lot of b-ball hours on dirt courts tucked away lonesome Indiana country farmland.

  26. Oops..4guards was agreeing with GFDave.

    I agree with Dave’s assertion that Pritch is worth keeping on board.

  27. The thing is, Pritchard’s ability is apparently still there, based on his great practices. I don’t think it comes down to tire drills or running stairs. It’s a mental issue we are talking about here. How do you change those things? Maybe he’s been made to feel guilty for being a Sampsonite. Maybe rooming with Rivers has weakened his in-game mental approach.

    Something has got to change; someone needs to get inside his head.

  28. I have to agree with 4guards as well. I think people don’t realize how much we would miss Pritch. All of our teams of the past that were good teams, and all good teams in the tourney need kids just like him. What we need is a top recruit to play along side of him. Capo is a nice option for this glue type guy as well.

    What it all comes down to is people really adjusting to realistic expectations. Think back to when Sampson was recruiting Pritch. He wasn’t supposed to come here and be some dominate scoring center. He was a nice piece to compliment the others. We didn’t get in some big tizzy waiting for his arrival as a savor and the next great IU big. Hes our best ball screen Big defender, and as the year went on, really controlled his fouls. He is also a hoss on the boards, you have to look at more than individual numbers. How much more efficient at rebounding are we with him out there as a team? He consistently battles and we need guys like that. People need to get over the fact that he put up 10pts a game when we had NOBODY and he had to score and got 3 times as many looks. My guess is his improvement will be tremendous when he doesn’t feel the pressure of everyone expecting him to be first team all big ten. (Case and point, Dallas Lauderdale. Maybe the 6th guy you think about on OSU, but he is a huge part of their success/future success. Without him they don’t win some of the games they have. He doesn’t put up 20/10)

  29. I think its definitely a mental issue. Not sure if its because he’s a Sampson recruit though. What game was it where he was honoring his grandmother? The kid was on fire! But CTC needs Pritch to play with that kind of heart every game…he just seems kind of lakadaisical to me.

  30. It may just be coincidence but at 12:15 today a Cook Co Gulfstream G100 left Bloomington. Its destination is Washington Dulles at 1:30pm (its currently going 453 knots).

    Let the rank speculation continue!

  31. I think it’s more his heavy movement and lack of timing/coordination from knees downward than everything in his head..I think it’s still a bit of conditioning, too..The pace of play is much harder to adapt to for guys that aren’t blessed with an abundance of natural speed and athleticism..I will agree he looked tentative during many games and there’s a large part of any sport that’s mental..Though his scoring numbers were still very low, I think he looked more aggressive in his last couple games of the year.

    I saw Ben Allen play in the game that gave Saint Mary’s the tournament birth…It was nice to see him having fun, but I didn’t see a great difference in his game…He’s like many just above average big men in college…Hot and then cold…I saw the post player on Wright State hit four 3-pointers in succession against Detroit…Next game against Butler he was cold as ice..

    Neither guy had the craftiness of Pritch around the goal. If Crean has a problem with Pritch(I’m not sure if that’s what your implying), then that speaks to an entirely different roadblock in his development.

  32. The reason Tom Pritchard “excels” in practice is simply because he was going against other size/talent lacking Hoosiers. I always laughed when they talked during games about how well he plays in practice. Also, I think that playing alongside Delvon Roe is why he even looked good in high school.

  33. We need the “freshman version” of Pritch.
    He had a poor year but previously showed his strengths. He was never brought in as a “difference maker” but can become a very solid 10-15 minute role player. Nothing wrong with that.

    And for those that can’t understand why he looks good in practice…two words…Jobe and Bawa.
    Hell, IU’s football offense always looks good against the IU defense that gives up over 500 yards a game every year. What does that prove?

  34. If Crean has a problem with Pritch(I’m not sure if that’s what [you’re] implying), then that speaks to an entirely different roadblock in his development.

    If Crean is stubborn on developing Pritchard simply because he a Sampson recruit, then it’s obvious he would be better off elsewhere..

    I don’t think that would make me a bigger fan of Tom Crean.

  35. What would we do without Cook’s support. Seriously, every big time program must have this type of support or I don’t see how they can build or sustain a top program.

  36. Whos to say Pritch hasnt been competing with Elston, Watford, Capo. Those are some big bodies, so I think he has the competition in practice. I seriously doubt Crean has some negative agenda against any player, that simply sounds ludicrous.

  37. Will,
    Delvon Roe was injured most of the year, and Pritchard carried that team. Playing alongside him had nothing to do with it.
    Pritchard is a good bench player in the big 10, he just has been forced to start and play more minutes than he should due to our situation. I also don’t think Pritchard has received the coaching he needs, maybe our new assistant can help out in this regard.

  38. Another thought about TP is no one tried to pound the ball into the post as much as Moore did during TC’s first year.

  39. At this point, I am sure the IT department at my company is trying to figure out why I keep checking out Hoosier Scoop every 5 minutes.

  40. I love the flight tracking…. of course that same Cook airplane stops in Dulles and continues on to Florida so unless they are dropping folks off (or taking them away for Spring Break together)….

    Is this insane? Maybe. OK, more than likely it is insane but there is nothing like insane speculation and intrigue for an IU fan when the Hoosiers are not in the NCAAs to take our minds off that very fact.

    For me, if Moses comes to IU, fabulous and I hope he turns out to be a great student/player for us. If he does not come, eh, the most I’ve done is waste some time avoiding having to fill in an NCAA bracket that does not contain IU for the 2nd straight year. Its an optimistic intrigue for me as opposed to this kid getting too hyped in my mind.

  41. Do you think that TP development or lack of, is one of the reasons why IU is looking for a new assistant coach.

  42. Who cares if he comes to IU or not, i’m tired of begging for kids to come to a good program like IU. If hes thats good, he won’t stay but one year/just like kentucky players will.The kids now a days don’t have any idea what they want/there Mom or Dad will tell them where to go.

  43. Don,
    I am not so sure it is their parents who will tell them where to go, but rather their buds. Peer pressure can be overwhelming.

  44. Don….jeez if you don’t care why are you on the blog? If you haven’t noticed Indiana just doesn’t have the kids knocking down the door like they used to. We have to sell this program or maybe you’re satisfied with no post season play what so ever.

  45. Don — ignorant, generalizing comment.

    The reason kids “don’t know what they want” is because today, they have the freedom to actually influence the course of their own lives. God forbid an 18-year-old doesn’t have his entire life mapped out yet.

    Your foundational philosophy of “we shouldn’t have to beg kids to come to IU because we’ve hung five banners” is exactly the type of thought process that will elongate this drought in which we find ourselves.

    These kids weren’t even born the last time IU won a championship. We absolutely DO need a sense of urgency and a dose of humility in our recruiting efforts — not a sense of historical entitlement.

    Just as you probably want us going after players who work hard, lack a cocky sense of entitlement and view it as a privelege to be here, recruits want a coach who works hard for them and doesn’t rely solely on his program’s name to be enough to entice a top-tier player.

    Open up your mind a bit.

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