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Tom Crean transcript from Big Ten Media Day

CHICAGO — Here are Tom Crean’s opening remarks from Big Ten Media Day.

TOM CREAN: First of all, the State of Illinois and the history of the Big Ten lost a really, really good one yesterday with Wayne McClain’s passing. I didn’t know Wayne as well as most, but had great respect for what he did as a coach certainly in high school and then what he brought to the Illini and the Illini Nation and was a big part of the history of this state in many ways. Indiana basketball sends condolences to his family and friends and anybody that worked or played for him.

As far as us, we’re trying to get ourselves to a point right now where we can look at every day and know that we are tenacious, that we are on the attack, and that we are fundamentally driven, and that’s the goal. It’s been the goal since the season ended when we started spring workouts the week after our season, and it has been the goal with every new player that’s come in. We’re at 60 percent of a new team right now, but getting the team to understand every day the compete level that they have to have, the togetherness that they have to have, the ability to move the ball, to move their bodies, to understand the value of defense. If you’re going to be any good in this league, you have to defend and rebound. Last year we ended up being sixth in the country in rebound margin, and we lost a pretty good rebounder in Noah Vonleh, so that’s one of the things we have to get established that we can rebound the ball, and if you’re going to be good in this league you’ve got to be able to get back in defense and stop the transition because there’s so many great fast break teams in this league. You’ve got to be able to control the dribble, and because of the passing in this league, you’ve got to be able to control the dribbler without a lot of help because this league will pick you apart when you’re over help over rotation system. You’ve got defending the three, and you’ve got to be able to rebound. So those are big, big aspects for us moving forward. (more…)

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Yogi Ferrell named to preseason All-Big Ten team

CHICAGO — Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell has been named to the All-Big Ten preseason team, the conference announced at Thursday’s media day.

Ferrell is joined by Michigan’s Caris LeVert, Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky.

Wisconsin is he unanimous preseason favorite, followed by Michigan State and Ohio State. Kaminsky is the unanimous pick for preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.

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Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
According to his mother, Zander Diamont was born for the spotlight, and it appears he’ll get his chance for IU against Michigan State, Mike writes.

A Q-and-A with Indiana freshman wide receiver J-Shun Harris, Mike writes.

Tom Crean offered a peak behind the curtain of IU basketball, though the finished product is still far off, I wrote.

2. IT’S INDIANA
O.G. Anunoby’s high school coach talked about the IU commit’s decision-making process and potential, with Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.

Chris Covington’s mother said her son won’t play against Michigan State this Saturday, David Woods of the Indianapolis Star wrote.

The Indiana offense was all or nothing no matter who the quarterback was at Iowa according to the advanced box score, Billy at puntjohnpunt.com writes.

It’s time for Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s IU career to take off, Andy Wittry of IUSportCom writes.

Patrick Doody’s passion for soccer and IU has made him a leader for the Hoosiers, Andrew Vailliencourt of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Will Sheehey made the suggestion to shoot right-handed, and Stan Robinson took it, Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Based on the sources of Wednesday’s IU quarterback news, The Police with “Mother.”

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More on IU women’s commit Danielle Williams and her lead recruiter

Indiana hasn’t been in the picture long, but the Hoosiers certainly made a quick impact on Danielle Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-4 post from Fort Worth, Texas, committed to IU this week, becoming the second player in the Hoosiers’ 2015 class. She chose Indiana over Texas Tech — the only two schools she visited.

“She comes from a great family and she’s really in love with Indiana from when she came for an official visit,” Williams’ Texas Express AAU coach Daniel Brooks said. “She really raved about the campus, the environment there and the connections she had with the other players and coaches. She’s gonna be a great asset for Indiana and just a kid that can really bring a presence to that conference.”

The North Crowley High School product is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN HoopGurlz, and was included on Full Court Fresh’s top 50 watch list for the 2015 class.

Brooks called Williams a nightmare on the defensive end, who averaged around 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks during AAU play. She’s a fine shot blocker, who can rebound and score underneath the basket. Brooks said she’ll need to work on her post moves as she transitions to the Big Ten. (more…)

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Diamont to start Saturday vs. Michigan State

True freshman quarterback Zander Diamont appears set to start Saturday’s game against No. 8 Michigan State, his mother told the Herald-Times.

Diamont’s mother, Cindy Ambuehl, said the family is planning to leave for Bloomington on Friday to see Diamont start.

“He’s handling it better than we are,” Ambuehl said. “Alexander cannot wait. He’s ready. He’s chomping at the bit to get out there. (His father) hasn’t slept much the last two nights and I’m just a nervous wreck as any mom would be. These are milestones and the first of many for Alexander.”

At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Diamont was in line for a redshirt year until starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last week at Iowa. Fellow freshman Chris Covington replaced him against the Hawkeyes.

The Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday that Covington’s mother said he would not play against the Spartans.

Diamont has not played this season, but arrived in Bloomington as a three-star prospect. Diamont passed for 3,501 yards and 47 touchdowns at a senior at Venice High School, earning Los Angeles Player of the Year honors.

“He’s like Johnny Manziel and that style of play,” Venice coach Angelo Gasca said. “He resembles him and the fact that he’s undersized. He’s elusive and he plays with a lot of energy. It will be interesting to see. I think he’s as ready as he could be.”

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Shake Milton commits to SMU

One day after Indiana added a second piece to its 2015 recruiting class, it lost out on another.

Shake Milton, a 6-foot-5 guard from Owasso, Ok., picked Southern Methodist over Indiana and Oklahoma. Milton is a former teammate of IU commit Juwan Morgan on AAU outfit MOKAN Elite.

Indiana is already two scholarships over the limit with Tuesday’s verbal pledge from Ogugua “OG” Anunoby, a 6-foot-8 wing from Missouri.

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