Thursday night, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean spent the evening talking to the student body about everything from the importance of helping others to the future of the Hoosiers’ basketball program.
Tickets for the student body were free, and I had the chance to listen to Crean in the IU Auditorium and then meet him afterwards.
Here are some of the highlights of his talk:
“Don’t write this in Sharpie, but maybe an ink pen, but a freshman will probably start for us this season,” Crean said.
Point guard Yogi Ferrell is the most likely freshman to start for Indiana. Senior guard Jordan Hulls is a great three-point shooter, hitting 49.3% of his shots from behind the arc last season, and could play predominantly as a two guard in the 2012-13 season.
If Ferrell starts, the other four starting sports would be filled by a combination of Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Christian Watford, and Cody Zeller.
Speaking of starters, Crean said that he “wants to count on eight or nine starters this season.” Every team contending for a national championship not only has star players but also significant depth on the bench.
In addition to the six players already mentioned, Remy Abell and Jeremy Hollowell could be candidates for those other “starting” positions.
In terms of recent injuries, Crean told IU students that he doesn’t want to rush Maurice Creek back. “I’ve been slow to bring him back because I don’t want him to go through that again,” in reference to Creek’s multiple season-ending injuries, including a ruptured Achilles and a stress fracture in his knee.
When asked about freshman Hanner Perea’s foot injury, Crean stated that Perea should be healthy for Hoosier Hysteria and the dunk contest.
Christian Watford, who drained the game-winning three to defeat then #1 Kentucky at Assembly Hall last season, had to be shut down over the summer and “is not at the point where he needs to be but is making progress in the right direction.”
Derek “Brian Scalabrine” Elston
The quote of the night had to be “Derek Elston needs to be Scalabrine for us this year.”
Elston is a senior who has averaged twelve to fifteen minutes and four to five points per game.
The funniest part of the night was when a twenty-one-year-old student told Crean that “he has gotten good at making mixed drinks and wants to know want is in Crean’s water bottle that he drinks during games.” It turns out that it’s Herbalife Lift Off.
Other takeaways from Tom Crean:
- “I had to learn the difference between motivation and inspiration. Motivation lasts for three days.”
- “If I had a bucket list, this would be on it,” said Crean, in terms of speaking to IU students at the IU Auditorium.
- “We came into the Kentucky game with a mindset. We came with a mindset that we could play with anyone.”
- Will Sheehey lasted 14:02 on the VO2 Max treadmill test over the summer, which is a record. According to Wikipedia, the VO2 Max treadmill test is “the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual.”