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 CBSSports.com by phone. "They stayed behind me the whole way."
Ranked by Scout.com 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.