BLOOMINGTON – Indiana coach Tom Crean’s recruiting knack continues. He landed another top-15 class when guards James Blackmon and Robert Johnson, and forward Max Hoetzel.
It came with plenty of drama. Blackmon committed before he reached high school and decommitted last summer before finally signing with the Hoosiers. IU lost on committed Trey Lyles, who ended up at Kentucky. It lost on several other high-profile players, but in the end, it got three potential standouts, with the possibility of more in the spring.
Anyway, here are Crean’s thoughts on how recruiting is changing:
“For our recruiting class this year, I think it's a sign of the times that whatever way we looked at recruiting in the past, it's all changing now. It's all changing, so you've got to be able to adjust with it. It's like the new rules. Who adjusts the best gets it.
“Well, you've got to stay true to what you want, and we tried to stay true to getting people that have athletic upside, that had that character and work ethic upside, have that intelligence upside and that are really competitive and from winning programs, and I think we hit that. I think we absolutely hit that.
“We hit on getting people that come from winning programs, not just good teams. We hit on getting people from excellent families, and we hit on getting people that are well coached.”