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Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

Posted on: September 9, 2008 7:20 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2008 7:30 pm

Tom Crean's rebuilding job took another significant step Tuesday.

The new Indiana coach gained a commitment from Christian Watford.

"They said I was their biggest priority," Watford told by phone. "They stayed behind me the whole way."

Ranked by as the Class of 2009's 72nd-best prospect, Watford is the fourth Top 100 player to commit to Indiana since Crean was hired in March, joining Maurice Creek (ranked 45th), Jordan Hulls (ranked 80th) and Derek Elston (ranked 90th). It's the type of recruiting class that suggests Crean could have IU basketball back competing for Big Ten titles inside of three years, which would be a stunning accomplishment given how he inherited a program in shambles thanks to the violation-plagued Kelvin Sampson era that preceded him.

Watford is a 6-foot-7 wing from Alabama.

He chose the Hoosiers over Louisville, Memphis and Kentucky.


Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2008 7:10 pm

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

bad career move at over 2 mill a year for 10 years...whatever.  Also, we do not know yet if Indiana is awful. 

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2008 6:47 am

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2008 10:15 pm

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

Yeah, real smart Tom Crean.

Let's leave the BIG EAST for the big ten and try to rebuild a team that will never see the Bobby Knight days again.

Bad career move.

Marquette, along with Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Louisville, Georgetown, and Villanova, are all top 15 programs this preseason.  Maybe Crean was worried about the old career winning pct., afraid to face that kind of competition night after night.

Everyone tune in to games like Indiana vs. Northwestern this year.  It should be a "snoozy".


Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2008 4:57 pm

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

I'd like to know when the NCAA plans to lay the hammer down on IU for hiring Sampscum to begin with?  Do they think everyone will just forget about his cheating ways and the way the University looked the other way for so long? It's too bad he got to leave with a buyout and left the incoming kids to suffer the consequences.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2008 3:08 pm

Roll, Wave!

Bloomington born, Tulane class of '86.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2008 8:32 am

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

Unlike yourself, I believe he can coach or he wouldn't even been considered for this job. His style does not promote the big man, so why waste a scholarship on him?

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2008 8:48 pm

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

That's the advantage of starting fresh.  He can promise playing time and will not need to re-tool older players to his system; he also will not need to deal with any of the bad habit or bad attitudes that apparently would have been present if some of Sampson's players had stayed.  My guess is that these aren't one-year or 2-year and done players, either.

I was shocked at the fallout of the coaching change, but perhaps it is best in the long run.  The first year may be shaky, but I attended Tulane in the late 80s when they brought the b-ball program back;  They went from no program to 4-24 to 15-13 to 21-9 in the first 3 years.  Indiana has more history and a larger conference stage to offer; certainly if they keep getting these types of recruits, Crean should be a position to contend rather quickly.  An above-.500 record and some post-season in 2 years and NCAAs in 3 years is realistic.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2008 7:14 pm

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

The fact that he chose Crean and Crimson over these 3 schools speaks volumes!Yeah, it does.  Not many places where he could find

  • top notch academic school
  • first class coach
  • very little competition for immediate playing time
  • no established players, "leadership" vacuum, chance to be the top dog from the get-go
If this year's team shows up strong, Crean loses that third and fourth incentive in his recruiting spiel.  Then he'll need to be more than relentless.  Very interesting situation for the Hoosier faithful to follow this soon in the building (can't even call it rebuilding) process.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2008 11:45 am

Crean gains fourth Top 100 commitment

Sampson was a relentless recruiter also--The difference is that Crean does not Cheat. I am a MSU fan--I'm glad he's in the B10 and I hope Indiana gets back to where they belong sooner than later

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2008 9:27 am

Yeah, well

He couldn't have run off more players than did Knight.  And I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.  IU players need to show up for classes and practices.  This is good practice for showing up in games when down by 4 with 1:15 to play.

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