Additional notes from Media Day and audio

Tom Crean said that both senior forward Tom Pritchard and Christian Watford have suffered minor leg injuries which have cost them significant time in practice.

Pritchard injured his ankle last week and only returned for 5-on-0 drills Wednesday, and Crean said he didn’t know if Pritchard would be available this weekend when the Hoosiers have the intrasquad Haunted Hall of Hoops scrimmage on Saturday and a closed scrimmage against Indiana State.

“We were doing a post-up drill with a weakside rebounder,” Crean said. “He stepped on a manager’s foot going up for a shot and he just rolled it and it swelled up immediately and just a tough deal. Christian hurt his Achilles in conditioning. He came up wrong on a line.”

Crean said Will Sheehey had a minor ankle injury that has limited him in recent days, but that there were no other significant injuries to report.

Crean said Pritchard’s injury has cost the senior forward time to build chemistry with freshman forward Cody Zeller, but Crean said he still expects that relationship to work well.

“They don’t have to be alike, and both guys have to a place where they’re both better on both sides of the ball and there’s a unique way they can help each other,” Crean said. “If Tom and Cody are on the floor together, Tom’s gonna get more open opportunities, because Cody is going to command more attention. And at the same time, Tom is such a very good help defender. He’s a positional defender, he fouls too much because he gets his hands in there, but he’s a very good position and help defender, and that can help Cody. I’ll make points to Tom about, ‘Watch how Cody keeps his eye on the rim and gets his hand through on his jump hook.’ All things where maybe Tom has rolled the ball up or hasn’t followed through or hasn’t played through the contact. Then you’ll tell Cody, ‘OK, look at his positioning. Look at how he’s got his ball-side foot up. Look at how he slides on penetration.’ Those kind of things. We really missed a valuable week of that. I don’t know how much they’ll always play together, but there’s no question that they will play together. We miss that, but hopefully we’ll start getting that back by next week.”

Some audio from the day follows.

AUDIO: Tom Crean during his press conference

AUDIO: Verdell Jones

AUDIO: Will Sheehey

AUDIO: More Tom Crean

AUDIO: More Tom Crean Part 2

AUDIO: More Tom Crean Part 3

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