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July 15, 2014
Transcript: Mid-summer update
Read all of what Tom Crean had to say to the media today in an extended mid-summer update that tackled a lot of tough questions facing the 2014-15 Hoosiers.
COACH CREAN: What I wanted to do today, the last time we were together, it
was basically about our staff and about the hiring of Chuck and last time I saw,
some other people, and I just really want to go over where our team is at and
give you some updates on guys individually, now that we have had everybody here
for a while with the exception of Nick Zeisloft, we can talk about him more and
then as we get closer to going to Montréal. We'll try to do a few other things
and keep making sure that we get some players available. I really want to go
over the team first and then we'll start to open it up to questions.
Q. You talked about the improved shooting how do you think that will impact Yogi as far as being able to open things up more for him and also make him more of a distributor?
COACH CREAN: Well, it's two parts in this. The last three years, obviously
we've had a lottery pick that we could throw to, and we've also, the last three
years, we've scored a ton of points off the free throw line. For two years, we
were number one in the country in free throws attempted, free throws made. Last
year, we still scored the most percentage of points in the league from the foul
line, 25 percent.
COACH CREAN: Well, we haven't put much in yet. So much of this has been about
spacing and how we utilize the three point line and the NBA so much of it is
about just really, really getting the repetition of the fundamentals; of the
basics of fundamentals and then the fundamentals for Indiana basketball with the
COACH CREAN: Well, one of the things that I think helped these guys when they
move on from here, whether they go to Europe and they have got to fend for
themselves or whether they go to the NBA and the expectations of being able to
execute plays and come out of time outs and work hard, take care of yourself, is
you've got to be ready. You've got to be able to demands from your teammates and
it's always not natural. You've got to be able to demand from yourself. You have
to be able to come out and execute.
COACH CREAN: Well, the rotation was long last year because we didn't have
consistency. For people that get it, get the game, they see that. And we didn't
I mean, think about this for a second.
COACH CREAN: Too early to tell. I've never taken this young a team over there
well, I take that back. In 2004 we went to Costa Rica no, 2003, 2004. No, this
is the youngest team. We lost Dwayne Wade and Robert Jackson, but this will be
the youngest team.
COACH CREAN: Oh, yeah, Stan has to be that. Stan Robinson has to become a
stellar defender. He looks up to Victor. Let's defend like that. I tried to get
this stat across to these guys, and good, bad, or indifferent, it's part of who
we are with the deflections, always has been.
COACH CREAN: Yeah, I think that helps. I don't think there's any question it
helps. But in the state of college basketball today, who thought a couple years
ago we would have three lottery picks in two years, right.
COACH CREAN: I don't know, everybody has them and some schools are pretty
good at when you do this business for a living like we do, you know what goes on
at other programs and you know how this doesn't get out this, that doesn't get
out. Indiana is a little different like that.
COACH CREAN: I don't know if it's collective. I thought about that actually.
Scares you that we are on the same wavelength (laughter) but no one else
COACH CREAN: No. No. It won't be this summer. There will be nothing in
Montréal. He'll be with us but he's not playing. No, it's going to take a while.
We are going to have to see how he progresses. It's way too early to start
thinking about who is going to play, who is going to red shirt, all those type