Vonleh is 10th IU freshman to be named Freshman of the Year by the Big Ten
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Coach Crean talks about Wednesday's game against Nebraska and Senior Night
Coach Crean, D.J. White and Victor Oladipo talk to the media about camp
Head Coach Tom Crean previews the Hoosiers' first opponent at the Big Ten Tournament, Penn State.
Men's Basketball head coach Tom Crean talks to the media in advance of playing No. 2 Ohio State on New Year's Eve
Men's Basketball head coach Tom Crean met with the media to talk about Saturday's exhibition game against Indianapolis.
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Tom Crean and his staff continue to restore and add to the great tradition the Indiana Basketball program has established for many years. During the past two years, he has led IU to a 56-16 record, the 2013 Big Ten Championship and back-to-back appearances for the Hoosiers in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994. IU also spent 11 weeks as the No. 1 team in the nation a year ago, all of which seemed daunting when he inherited a program facing NCAA sanctions and the return of one scholarship player upon his hiring in April, 2008.
Since coming to Indiana, he and his staff recruited one of the top 10 classes in the country for 2009, a top 15 class in 2011, the No. 6 class in 2012, and the No. 6 class for 2013. He has posted an 84-82 record in five seasons and has 13 wins over nationally ranked teams in the last three seasons. The Hoosiers are 56-16 the last two seasons.
This past June, he saw Victor Oladipo selected second in the NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and Cody Zeller picked fourth by the Charlotte Bobcats making them the highest two IU players have been selected in an NBA Draft in a single season. In addition, Verdell Jones III, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford are playing professionally overseas.
He inherited a program that faced the loss of two scholarships with an APR score of 866. Last June, the Hoosiers received an APR Public Recognition Award and had the top score nationally and among all Big Ten teams with a perfect four-year mark of 1,000.
In addition, every senior who has played for him at IU has earned his degree. Five, including Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston, Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard and Victor Oladipo earned their bachelor's degree in less than four years and all mentioned except Oladipo have left IU with master's degrees. In 14 years as a head coach, 43 of his seniors have graduated.
IU won the title for the first time since 2002, and the first time outright since 1993 and their seven wins against nationally ranked teams in the regular season also was a national best.
He was named NABC District 7 and USBWA District V Coach of the Year this season for his efforts.
Honored by the FCA when he was awarded the John Lotz "Barnabas" Award which is presented annually by FCA to honor a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity and encouragement to others and lives a balanced life.
Led IU to the third most successful back-to-back seasons in school history (1975-76 and 1992-93).
Guided IU to its first No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and earned the school's third No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament since 1980 and first consecutive appearances in the Sweet SIxteen for IU since 1994.
Watched unheralded recruit junior Victor Oladipo mature from a raw athletic player into the Sporting News National Player of the Year and Rupp Award winner as the nation's Player of the Year.
Oladipo is just the third player in IU history (Scott May, 1976 and Calbert Cheaney, 1993) to be named Sporting News National Player of the Year. Oladipo also is just the second Hoosiers (Dane Fife, 2002) to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He is a First Team All-American and a First Team All-Big Ten pick.
Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller earned All-America honors giving IU two USBWA All-Americans in one season for the first time since 1976. The duo also was honored by AP and were members of 10-man Wooden All-American squad.
Saw senior Jordan Hulls and sophomore Cody Zeller become the first Hoosiers to earn Academic All-America honors since 1999.
Had Will Sheehey become the first Hoosier to win the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year and also saw Yogi Ferrell named All-Freshman.
Had four 1,000-point scorers on the court with senior All-Big Ten pick Christian Watford (1,730), Hulls (1,380), Zeller (1,157) and Oladipo (1,117) for the first time in IU history.
Saw his squad post a Big Ten-high six student athletes on the league's All-Academic team.
IU notched a national best among power conference's with a 7-2 road record.
Saw IU post a win at No. 4 Michigan State, the highest-ranking road win in school history.
Also posted an 81-68 road win at #10 Ohio State, the first road win against a ranked foe since 2002.
The win over Michigan State gave Indiana four wins against teams ranked in the AP Top 10 at the time the game was played, the most in a single-season since 1992-93 season (six).
Saw No. 3 IU defeat No. 1 Michigan at home, 81-73, in a game that featured the two highest ranked teams ever to play in Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers followed that up with a 72-71 win at Michigan on the final day of the regular season to win the Big Ten crown.
On Jan. 30, 2013, Indiana topped Purdue in West Lafayette by a score of 97-60, the third-largest margin of victory by the road team in a Big Ten Conference game. The loss was also the worst-ever loss for Purdue in Mackey Arena.
Led the Big Ten in scoring, scoring margin, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
Signee Noah Vonleh played in the McDonald's All-American game marking the third straight year that an Indiana recruit (Zeller, Ferrell) will play in the fabled event. Vonleh and signee Troy Williams also played in the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star game, a first for the Hoosiers.
Crean was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN.com and Big Ten Coach of the Year by The Sporting News following the 2011-12 season.
Led IU to a No. 7 and No. 8 national ranking in his fourth season and guided the Hoosiers to wins over the No. 1 (Kentucky), No. 2 (Ohio State) and No. 5 (Michigan State) teams this season, the first IU team to ever do so in the regular season. IU was ranked 16th and 17th in the final regular season polls.
Led IU to the largest turnaround among major college conferences with a 15 1/2 game improvement, tying for the best in Big Ten history.
In the win over Kentucky, junior Christian Watford's game winning 3-pointer was named Geico National Play of the Year and won an ESPY for Play of the Year.
Saw freshman Cody Zeller earn AP All-American honors and had Watford earn All-South Region accolades at the NCAA Tournament. Zeller also earned All-District awards from the NABC and USBWA and was a second team All-Big Ten choice.
Watford, junior Jordan Hulls, and sophomore Victor Oladipo earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, and Oladipo was a member of the All-Defensive team.
Saw IU lead the Big Ten in scoring, 3-point field goal shooting, field goal percentage and finish second in free throw percentage. The Hoosiers were second in the nation in 3-point percentage, fifth in overall shooting and 11th from the line.
Over his final seven seasons at Marquette, he compiled an aggregate record of 160-68 (.702).
He is a two-time recipient of the Ray Meyer Conference USA, NABC District XI and USBWA District V Coach of the Year awards, and in 2003 won the Coach Clair Bee Award as well as being named a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award.
In his nine years with the Golden Eagles, Crean's teams earned five NCAA Tournament bids, one more than the previous four Marquette coaches had in the 16 years prior to his arrival.
Coached Dwyane Wade to the program's first conference Player of the Year award in 2003. Wade also went on to become the first Marquette player since 1978 to be named an AP first team All-American and finalist for the John Wooden Award.
Dominic James was a first team all-conference selection in 2006-07 as well, while McNeal was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2006, Steve Novak was a unanimous first team all-conference selection and went on to be selected by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Draft.
Travis Diener's was an All-America selection in 2005 and was selected 38th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2005 Draft and has also played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers.
The 2002-03 campaign was one of the finest in Golden Eagle history, as Marquette made a Final Four appearance for the first time since winning the NCAA Championship in 1977.
MU won 27 games that year, 14 in conference play, thanks in part to the play of Wade in his All-America season. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season ranked No. 9 by the Associated Press and No. 6 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll and their .818 winning percentage was the program's best since 1977-78.
Prior to his arrival in Milwaukee, Crean served under Tom Izzo on the Michigan State basketball staff for four seasons, holding the position of associate head coach the last two.
Crean also served as the Spartans' recruiting coordinator, where he routinely lured some of the nation's top talent to East Lansing, including two-time Big Ten Player of the Year Mateen Cleaves and two-time first team All-Big Ten selection Morris Peterson.
In Crean's four years on Izzo's staff, the Spartans put together an 88-41 record and made four consecutive postseason appearances, including a trip to the 1999 Final Four. In each of Crean's four seasons, MSU's win total increased, culminating with a 33-5 season and a 15-1 Big Ten ledger in 1999.
Prior to his tenure at Michigan State, Crean spent the 1994-95 season as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh.
He served as the associate head coach at Western Kentucky from 1990 to 1994, and in each of his final two seasons with the Hilltoppers, WKU earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, including a Sun Belt Championship and a trip to the Sweet 16.
Crean got his start in coaching on the Division I level in 1989-90, serving on Jud Heathcote's staff at Michigan State. That team posted a 28-6 record and earned a Sweet 16 trip after winning the Big Ten.
A native of Mount Pleasant, Crean earned his bachelor's degree in parks and recreation with a minor in psychology from Central Michigan in 1989. While pursuing his degree, Crean coached basketball at Alma College and Mount Pleasant High School.
Tom and his wife, Joani, are the parents of Megan, 18, Riley, 14, and Ainsley, 8.
Joani's father, Jack Harbaugh, was a long-time college football coach who won a Division I-AA national championship while coaching at Western Kentucky.
Joani's brothers John (Baltimore Ravens) and Jim (San Francisco 49ers) are two of the top head coaches in the NFL. Last year, the two guided their teams and squared off in a historic Super Bowl matchup which saw the Ravens win 34-31. John was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1998-2006 after joining Cam Cameron's staff at Indiana for the 1997 season as a defensive backs/special teams coach. Jim, played quarterback at Michigan and for the Indianapolis Colts and is in his third year with the 49ers after spending four years as the head coach at Stanford.
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