IU holds clinic at Municipal Gardens in Indianapolis; several topics discussed

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Crean said a few weeks ago at a fund raising event at Huber Farms that he wanted to do more community outreach in Indianapolis. It didn’t take him long to prove he was serious.

Just three weeks after contacting program directors at the Municipal Gardens community center on west side of Indianapolis, Indiana held a clinic at the facility that drew 170 young players aged 7-17.

“We finally have an opportunity to have our legs under us a little bit to really be able to branch out and do things that we would want to do in a normal situation,” Crean said. “It’s getting more and more normal for us at Indiana, so we want to be able to really do things that, not motivate, but inspire young people and at the same time, really provide some things for our people to see that they have a real responsibility to give back.”

More on the clinic itself in tomorrow’s H-T. Several other topics were discussed with the media.

— Athletic trainer Tim Garl is serving as the interim strength and conditioning coach as Tom Crean looks for a replacement for the departed Jeff Watkinson. “He did it for Bob Knight all those years,” Crean said. “He did a fantastic job. As Tim will remind you, he won a lot of championships being the strength and conditioning coach, but he’s also as great of a trainer as I’ve ever been around. So I don’t want to take him out of that role by any stretch. But we’re in the process of that and I’m moving forward in that process even this week. We’ll have something done there very soon.”

— Anthony Saccocia, a former graduate assistant at Michigan State, has been hired as Indiana’s coordinator of basketball systems. Drew Adams was promoted from that position during the offseason to director of operations/video coordinator. He replaced Brian Barone, who went to Wisconsin-Green Bay to be an assistant.

— Junior college transfer center Guy-Marc Michel was the only Indiana player who was not in attendance at the clinic. He has been sick for several days according to Crean and stayed in Bloomington.

— Sophomore guard Maurice Creek said he’s at about 70 percent in his rehabilitation from a knee fracture last season. “Sometimes it hurts and stuff like that,” he said. “But that’s the muscle getting stronger. I’ll probably have it ready in a month or two.”

7 comments

  1. This is also part of rebuilding the foundation and besides it just being the right kind of thing to do and a good example for the guys on our team it is the kind of thing that while it has no immediate affect on any recruit it could very well somewhere down the road. Who knows what young kid there will later on become a highly sought after recruit and I’m sure that same kid will not forget CTC being there and taking time to talk to him.

    It will be interesting to see how 4guards goes about slamming Crean for even this.

  2. Anything that helps re-establish IU’s name around the state is a good thing. The best thing, of course, is to win more games, but hopefully that will happen this year.

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