Offseason to-do list: Christian Watford

Christian Watford drives against Purdue’s D.J. Byrd during the team’s second game, in Bloomington. Chris Howell | Herald-Times

With the season complete and the offseason officially started for the 2010-11 Indiana Hoosiers, The Hoosier Scoop will have a breakdown of each individual player’s season and what he needs to focus on during the offseason. We begin with Christian Watford.

2010-11 STATS: 16 points per game (42.2 percent FG, 38.1 percent 3Pt), 5.4 rebounds, 32 assists, 55 turnovers.


Tom Crean will work NCAA Tournament for CBS

Tom Crean will be a part of the NCAA Tournament, just as a guest in the CBS studio.

SI/CBS personality Seth Davis Tweeted this moments ago:

Indiana coach Tom Crean will join me and the gang in the Atlanta studio this week during the NCAA tournament. I know he’ll be great.

Agree with Davis – Crean should be energetic on-camera and add something in the way of analysis.

Hoosier Morning

Indiana quarterback Dusty Kiel goes through the first practice of spring last week. David Snodgress | Herald-Times


Cody Zeller takes what Bosse gives him, and says he hopes IU gets Jaquan Lyle

WASHINGTON – On Friday, North’s Carolina Kendall Marshall drove into the lane in the final seconds, commanded the double-team and flipped the ball to Tyler Zeller. The latter calmly put the ball in the basket and North Carolina beat Miami in the last second during the ACC Tournament quarterfinals.

It was a simple play, but one with a shockingly high execution rate. Zeller had to be the right place at the right time, and not panic as the seconds dwindled.

It was a play we could easily see Zeller’s younger brother, Cody, execute during his time at Indiana.

Zeller scored 21 points in the regional semifinal Saturday, leading Washington to a 71-49 win. He had 13 rebounds, four blocks and four assists – but focus on the points, because it kept Washington ahead of Bosse during a back-and-forth first half.

Zeller took what Bosse gave him, never forced his own shot and allowed the focus on stopping him, the heavy Mr. Basketball favorite, to get his teammates open.


Gary Harris scores 22 in regional victory

Gary Harris’ performance during Hamilton Southeastern’s 69-64 victory over Center Grove in Saturday’s Regional 3 semifinal at Hinkle Fieldhouse could serve as Exhibit A for why he’s perhaps the most coveted uncommitted player in the state of Indiana.

The Indiana target was brilliant across the board, scoring 22 points, grabbing four rebounds, dishing out three assists and recording two steals and a block.

He scored in every fashion possible, knocking down three 3-pointers against the 3-2 zone Center Grove employed in the first half, attack the rim off the dribble, ripping down two offensive rebounds and getting putbacks. and hitting big shots in the mid-range. He finished 8-for-15 from the field and also had a strong defensive performance against Andy Smeathers. Smeathers had a big second half to finish with 13 points, but Harris held him to 1-for-6 shooting in the first half.

“His ability is amazing,” Hamilton Southeastern coach Brian Satterfield said. “Whether it’s posting up, we didn’t have him post up today. but he can post up. He can drive it. He can shoot it. He can pass it. At the defensive end, he can guard, there was one possession where he was guarding (6-foot-7 Center Grove forward Joe) Reed, and Reed wasn’t able to get any position to try to get the ball. He can do whatever he asked him to do.” (more…)

Hoosier Morning

Indiana coach Tom Crean talks with officials as Matt Roth goes to check into the game. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Derek Elston, Bobby Capobianco say they want to come back

INDIANAPOLIS — The two Hoosiers most-speculated to transfer — Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco — both said they want to return next season after the 61-55 loss to Penn State.

“This is my family,” Elston said. “These guys are my brothers. I am going to go out there and fight with them everyday until my four years are up.”

Capobianco said: “Of course. Derek said it the best — these are our brothers. This is a family. We’re here to battle and we’re going into it the same way next season.”

It’d be hard to blame either for leaving or staying.

Elston has had maybe the shortest leash of any Hoosier during his two seasons with the team and Thursday was no different. He did not enter the game until the 15:29 mark of the second half, and proceeded to pick up three fouls in three minutes. Back to the bench he went.

“I was a little disappointed, but that’s just the way the game goes,” Crean said. “If Coach (Crean) needs me, he’s going to put me in there. If he doesn’t, I got to deal with it. I realize I have my downs and other people have their ups.”



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