With the start of the 2009 season around the corner, IU coach Tom Crean updated the media today on his team’s progress.
Entering his first season, coach Crean had just Kyle Taber and Brett Finkelmeier returning to his roster. This year, though, 10 players are back – and Crean says despite the team’s 6 win-performance, he’ll use last season’s challenges as a learning tool.
“I didn’t want it to end because of the fact these guys were getting so much better. I mean they were working so hard. They came to practice everyday excited, there was not . . . we had our moments I mean you saw them . . . we had games when the roof could have caved in on us and we might not have been able to come back from it but it never happened.”
And Crean doesn’t expect that to happen this season either. He believes reigning Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls and the 5 other talented freshman bolsters the talent on the squad, even if there’s a lot of depth at the guard position.
“A year ago, we didn’t have any wins, people were wondering if we were ever going to win again, style of play getting questioned – but now we’ll have people saying you might have too many guards. It never ends. Well, we don’t have too many guards, but the guards that we have, have the ability to go in there and help us play, but consistent measures of that is where it’s really going to be. But if that continues to take shape, I think we will be much closer to a style of play we’d like to have at Indiana, without a doubt.”