Here’s a little riddle for you. What wears candy-striped pants and averaged 11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 apg last year?
It’s what is left of the Indiana basketball team, now returning only the not-so-fearsome threesome of Jordan Crawford, Kyle Taber and Brett Finklemeier! With the dismissal of Brandon McGee late last week, Tom Crean’s Hoosiers basically return the equivalent of Kelenna Azubuike’s underachieving junior year. Not to knock Buike at all, but I don’t think that’s exactly what Crean had signed up for, and the news just keeps getting worse and worse for the Hoosiers.
The P.R. machine in Bloomington (if such a thing exists) tried to soften the blow of losing yet another player with the news that they’ve added Tijan Jobe, who averaged a robust 4 and 4 last year at Olney Central junior college, which is actually twice the points and twice the boards that McGee brought home. Of course, decommited recruit Devin Ebanks also jumped on board with Bob Huggins this week too, ripping back open whatever healing had started on that wound. Ouch. And, with a recruiting class highlighted by one (as in barely over zero) top-100 player and ranked behind a certain Minnesota coach and the recruiting machine that is Tom Izzo, it looks like it’s going to get easy to pile on the Hoosiers for the next couple of years.
I’m pretty sure that at this point, Tom Crean would work off of any type of Kelvin Sampson nights and weekends plan to get Calbert Cheaney, Damon Bailey or even Dane Fife to lace them up again. I don’t care how old those guys are, they have to better than what’s being brought into the kitchen for Chef Crean these days. I think I’d be willing to suffer through about three more Gardner-Webb’s than an embarassing debacle like this.