Q&A with Indiana coach Tom Crean
by Bob Kravitz, USA TODAY Sports
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — This is Indiana, and because of that, it’s always IU basketball season, even in the middle of the summer.
With that in mind, Bob Kravitz sat down with IU coach Tom Crean for a wide-ranging interview that touched on several subjects, most notably the prospects for his young team next year.
Based on your limited exposure to your players this summer, who on your roster is going to make us go, “Wow, he’s really come a long way?”
Crean: “Among the returners, Will (Sheehey) and Yogi (Ferrell) just got back (from the World University Games). I would think that we’re definitely going to see more from them. The key is that they continue to play the way they have — only better. Not try to change what they need to do but do what they do better. Yogi was a solid shooter; now he needs to be an even better shooter. Yogi was a very good decision-maker; now be a great decision-maker. Will Sheehey was a very good defender; now be one of the best in the country. Not that they have to reinvent their games because their games; just be better at what they do.
“I think Jeremy Hollowell, there’s going to be a difference there. It’s just a matter of him being the highest level of competitor he can be day in and day out because his work ethic has really come to where he’s become a 365-day guy, which he wasn’t before. It took a little time. The guys who played with Will, with Victor (Oladipo), with Jordan (Hulls), they get it. They get what that gym does for you and what the extra work does for you. The young guys, it takes a little more for them to understand that it’s not just about what everybody else is doing. They think they’re working hard; everybody works hard. It’s what you’re willing to do extra above and beyond and what you’re willing to absorb from what you do extra that begins to separate you.
“And I think Hanner (Perea) will be a different player as … [For more on Q&A with Indiana coach Tom Crean, click here.]