Bo Zeigler appreciates IU’s attention

INDIANAPOLIS — By around noon on Saturday, the horde of college coaches that had descended here for the Adidas Invitational had vanished in search of the next summer tournament. There were still a handful of assistant coaches remaining, most of them from mid or low-major schools.

At North Central, at least, there was only one recognizable head coach still in the building.

It was Tom Crean. And he was watching Bo Zeigler, a rangy 6-4 swingman from Michigan.

Crean also had two of his assistants, Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer in toe. Under NCAA rules, coaching staffs can’t have any more than three of the four coaches on the road at the same time, so that meant Crean was putting literally all his resources at the moment into watching Zeigler.

That overstates the situation, of course, because Crean’s primary purpose in staying in Indianapolis until the final day was to watch the 17 and Under Indiana Elite Team Indiana squad that includes three of his commitments for 2012. Elite fell in the semifinals, just before Zeigler’s final game tipped.

Still, Crean didn’t leave before watching Zeigler one more time.

Zeigler scored 24 points in the game, though his squad lost by double digits. He was careful not to say much to reporters after the game, but said he did appreciate the gesture.

“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “But my recruiting’s still wide open.”

Zeigler has had an offer from Indiana since the spring, and that list has grown somewhat. He also has offers from Michigan State, Iowa State, Xavier and Central Michigan. He said Georgetown and DePaul have been calling since college coaches were first allowed to call on June 15.


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