Crean goes off court with recruiting

October 23, 2008
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
creanIU basketball coach Tom Crean is turning out to be quite a recruiter. And I’m not talking about basketball. Crean, who has already been named to the committee responsible for finding a short list of athletic director candidates, is taking an active role in landing the school’s football and baseball teams top recruits.

Crean played host to Park Tudor’s hotshot shortstop Micah Johnson at the basketball team’s Midnight Madness last Saturday. Johnson said he spent 45 minutes with Crean prior to Midnight Madness “just talking about stuff.” When Johnson, who batted .558 with 45 RBIs as a junior, committed to IU shortly after the event, it was quite a coup for third-year baseball coach Tracy Smith.

Johnson, who also was considering a full scholarship offer from Arizona, said he chose IU because things seemed “so connected down there.” Johnson said Crean has been helping recruit him for a month with frequent e-mails and phone calls.

Crean began meeting with IU football recruits last school year, including 6-foot-4 wide receiver Duwyce Wilson from top-ranked Columbus East. Wilson said he met with football coach Bill Lynch, but was not convinced to attend IU until sitting down with Lynch and Crean.

Of course, Crean’s efforts with Wilson might not be completely altruistic. He is also a star basketball player at Columbus East.
ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT