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Tom Crean loves the stage.
On Wednesday night, Crean gave a stirring talk to about 750 people at IU Auditorium.
While Crean discussed basketball for a while, he really catered his speech toward the students in attendance. He spoke of how competitive the world is and how hard students would have to work to be noticed by employers.
By the end, Crean was screaming “Be great!” into the microphone. He needed a few seconds to gather himself after giving this half-time speech.
There wasn’t a whole lot of news broken during the speech, but here’s a few tidbits:
Moses Morgan was never against the idea of following in his father Winston’s footsteps. In fact, when he was first approached by Indiana coach Tom Crean, he told his dad, a guard at IU from 1982-85, “That’s where I want to go.”
But when the younger Morgan visited DePaul this weekend, he decided it was a better fit.
“I just felt that that was the best situation for me,” Morgan said by phone Tuesday. “Just coming in and knowing I was going to play as a freshman. Being a leader for the team, getting playing time, playing in the Big East, one of the best conferences in college basketball. I love the city, I love the coaching staff. I had a great time in Chicago.”
Morgan had visited Indiana the previous week, and he had high praise for the Hoosiers and their coaching staff, but he said he was simply more comfortable at DePaul
“You know, I had a really good time out there,” Morgan said. “I like watching the way they practice. but I just got that vibe, that’s not where I wanted to be. After being in Chicago — and I love coach Crean and all the coaching staff at Indiana — but I just got that feeling that I’d be more comfortable being there.” (more…)
Indiana needs three more wins to become bowl-eligible. With week six opponent Virginia sitting at 0-3, it seems probable that Indiana will sweep its non-conference schedule. That means the Hoosiers would need to pick off two Big Ten teams.
It’s important to note that Schlabach has Northwestern going to the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl (formerly known as the Motor City Bowl), which means he thinks Indiana would finish ahead of the Wildcats (or at least win head-to-head and own the tie-breaker).
By the way: has anyone had Little Ceasars pizza this decade?
Indiana is trying to win at Michigan Stadium for the first time in 42 years, but at least they get to do it with a full squad.
Tuesday’s injury report brought more promise than recent weeks. Freshman running back Darius Willis is off the report. Cornerback Donnell Jones and offensive guard Justin Pagan are both listed as probable. Defensive end Fred Jones and offensive lineman Cody Faulkner have both been upgraded to questionable as has running back Zach Davis-Walker. Linebacker Chad Sherer is now questionable with a hamstring injury, and right tackle James Brewer has joined the injury report with an ankle injury, but he is considered probable. Offensive lineman Alex Perry (ACL) and defensive end Kyle Kozak (shoulder) are again the only players expected to be out.
Moses Morgan, the son of Winston, a former Hoosier, committed to DePaul today.
That leaves Josh Selby, the No. 4 guard in the county, and Brandon Mobley as the two targets remaining on our working list of 2010 prospects. Indiana has an in-home visit scheduled today with Selby (Dustin Dopirak talked to Selby’s mother yesterday about where Indiana stands), and Mobley has a final three of Indiana, Cincinnati and South Carolina.
Mobley is an interesting case. South Carolina took two commitments yesterday, and now has five coming in for 2010. And former IU target Stacey Poole is scheduled to pick this week between Kentucky and South Carolina. Not sure of the Gamecocks’ scholarship situation, and could not find any help online, but the roster lists five seniors on this year’s team.
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