Indiana recently received two commitments from the Class of 2013, Collin Hartman and Devin Davis, both from Indiana. These commitments are in addition to last month's commitments of two players from the Class of 2014, both of whom also attend high school in Indiana. Clearly, Tom Crean has made it a priority to dominate recruiting in his own backyard.
Also, he's focused on (arguably) the best AAU program in Indiana: Indiana Elite. All 4 of his commitments from above played on Indiana Elite and so did Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell (who just committed to IU today).
He's doing it right, for now. He's established himself within the state and focused on one very good AAU program
ETA: Not that there aren't other reasons for taking an early recruit (getting a jump on, and possibly locking out entirely, the competition), just that Crean has a little extra incentive.
Last edited by Dukeface88; 11-23-2010 at 07:15 PM.
Trying to re-build that program with commitments from high school sophomores and freshmen seems like a gimmick.
Coach K has often talked of the advice he received early on at Duke from the great Vic Bubas. Coach Bubas told him that building a good program took time, and not to take shortcuts.
I'd like to see Indiana back among the elite of college basketball, but am skeptical that Crean will get it done.
any one know/see what recruits were in cameron last night?
Jason Jordan posted that Julius Randle and Rodney Purvis were trying to coordinate attending a Duke game together. Previously Randle and Purvis were neck and neck for the top spot in the 2013 Recruiting Rankings until Purvis reclassified.
ESPN's Reggie Rankin "Just heard that T25 SF Jabari Parker (IL) has an updated school list. In no particular order Duke, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan State and Washington. Elite programs are on the trail of this skilled young forward."
Anyway, keep an eye on class of 2027 Chicago star Graham Gueller. My boss just had a baby boy and it is worth mentioning my boss is 6'7 and played high school ball in Wisconsin. Momma is tall in her own right as well, about 6'1. Just sayin