Crean’s ‘Bama bound

1 comment by   |   Monday, September 8, 2008 - 5:23 pm EDT

Ernest Watford saw the way his son, Christian, has been wooed by major college basketball programs all summer.

Ernest was there at Indiana’s elite camp in late August to hear the Hoosiers’ coaching gush about how much his son, a smooth 6-foot-7 wing, would bring to the program. He had the chance to talk to Isaih Thomas and D.J. White “at length about all things Indiana basketball.”

Yet Ernest was not convinced that Indiana and its new coach would be right for his son.

So he called around.

“I won’t say who,” he said on Monday. “Just people who knew coach Crean before he was at Indiana. Parents who dealt with him, some other coaches. People who’d know.”

And?

“Nothing but positive,” he said. “He’s a man of integrity and honor. And he’s going to have faith in Christian’s ability. He’s going to let him play, he’s going to give him room.”

With that, Ernest was convinced.

Later Tuesday, Crean will get a chance to convince Christian just how coveted he is.

College basketball coaches can return to the recruiting trail Tuesday, and Crean, direct as always, will not stray from trying to lure one of the players who has been at the top of his list.

Crean is expected to visit Shades Valley Technical Academy in Birmingham, Ala. in the afternoon to see Watford work out there.

Later, the Watfords will gather — probably at the dinner table — to discuss Christian’s recruiting.

“We’ve never really put a schedule on the process,” Ernest Watford said. “We just take it as it goes and talk about it every night. We’re just trying to figure what’s best for Christian.”

Ernest does have one reservation with Indiana.

“I’m kind of leery about what the NCAA is going to do,” he said. “But I don’t think anyone knows what will happen there.”

IU owes the NCAA committee on infractions a response to the “failure to monitor” charge levied against its athletic department by Sept. 17. The committee is expected to then rule on the case against Indiana basketball, which includes a total of five major violations, in four to six weeks.

A Watford commitment would give Indiana’s class of 2009 — which Rivals.com ranks the ninth-best in the country — a fifth player and its first  versatile, bonafide scorer at the Division I level.

“They talked about him being really a next level guy,” Ernest said about Indiana’s coaching staff. “With his length and athleticism he’s a constant match-up problem and they think he can score.”

Ernest Watford put no time-line on when his son would announce a decision but called Indiana “a high possibility” and “indisputably, hands-down one of the top three programs of all time.”

Share the Scoop!

Related content: Read more in Men's Basketball
 
Ferrell, Robinson enter pretrial diversion program
Mosquera-Perea reaches plea agreement for OWI arrest
CBS to carry a pair of Indiana basketball games #iubb
Big Ten Network to broadcast 17 Indiana basketball games
Guyton writes open letter to Knight, asks him to return to IU
One comment:
#1
Steve O
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 11:11 AM EDT

This is huge!

 


RSS feed

Comments

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Today @ HoosiersHQ.com

Recent comments on The Scoop



  • M. Basketball. #IUBB Video Highlights From Canada Trip - With official practices getting ready to start later this week, we take a look at some video highlights from the Hoosiers trip to Canada in early August.
    Read more...  
  • W. Volleyball. Inside IU Volleyball: Episode 6 - IU head coach Sherry Dunbar-Kruzan talks about the win against Michigan and previews the Maryland/Rutgers road trip this
  • Ten Takeaways - After a disappointing loss to the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday the IU football team will try to bounce
  • Coach TV: Wilson, staff looked to find consistency - Earlier this afternoon Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson spoke to the media about his team's troubles
  • 2014-2015 ITH season preview: Michigan State Spartans -

    With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today,

  • 2015 guard Shake Milton recaps his official visit to Indiana -

    Heading into last weekend’s official visit to Indiana, 2015 Owasso (Okla.) guard Shake Milton said he knew Indiana fans were passionate about Hoosiers basketball. But he

  • WATCH: Canada Highlights of Stanford Robinson - Indiana completed its foreign trip to Canada in August. Watch highlights of Stanford Robinson
  • WATCH: Canada Highlights of Troy Williams - Indiana took its team trip to Canada in August. Watch highlights of Troy Williams from that
  • The Hoosier Pulse: Roster Transition
  • B1G Bowl Projections: I Wanna Die Edition