Indiana is taking the anti-UK approach to the rebuilding of their program, and now Tom Crean may actually be tripping into a top class. Whereas Calipari decided to bring in top talent immediately and get as many wins as possible right from the jump, Crean decided to bring in average players and take as many losses as possible in his first 3 seasons. And amazingly, Indiana fans have accepted that strategy, refusing to put Crean on the hot seat, despite finishing last or near last every season in the Big 10. And yet, if we have learned anything about college basketball recruiting, its that it isn’t always about wins and losses. Hell, if it was about that, Cal would have never got the Class of 2009 that he did.
Well, Crean may be proving that for next season, currently holding the top class in 2012 at this point. Of course, Kentucky has yet to take a commitment (if you don’t include Harrow), so I think we all know that IU is simply holding onto the top spot until Kentucky wants it. In all honesty though, I would LOVE Indiana to become a serious competitor to Kentucky, because they frankly have barely been a rival to UK over the last 10-15 years, sans a couple wins here and there. So hats off to Tom Crean and staff, but just remember that #1 spot in reserved for somebody else.