Talking About Nebraska & Senior Night
March 4, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Tom Crean talks about the final regular season home game against Nebraska and also Senior Night.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean
On the senior managers (Clayton Fletcher, Chris Chaffe and Brendan Yu):
"Chris (Chaffe) has been another one that epitomizes what we want done. He can do video, he can rebound with the players or he can do any part of the practice that we need him to be involved in. He, too, is selfless. He played for Al Rhodes (head coach at Penn (Ind.) High School) and has a tremendous background and is very smart.
"Brendan Yu is another senior manager. Jack Keefer (head coach at Lawrence North High School) mentioned him to me while he was still there. I don't think Jack is one of those guys that ever recommend anything that he doesn't believe because I know he doesn't like it being done to him. He was adamant about Brendan and he was absolutely right. Brendan has been tremendous. This year when our video coordinator situation changed, he moved into an even greater role on our staff.
"I'm really proud of those guys and I think all three of them have great futures."
On the senior players (Will Sheehey, Evan Gordon, Jeff Howard and Taylor Wayer):
"Jeff Howard has earned his way into being a guy that we can count on. He has done a great job in practice, as has Taylor. But Jeff has gone in and been instrumental in games. To see where Jeff has come from his freshman year until now has been tremendous. We feel very confident in him. Jeff is a `play on demand' guy. He is the pitcher that can start the game and give you six innings, he can come on in middle relief and get you two or three innings or he can come out and get the last batter out. That's what he has done a little bit with closing games because we really trust him.
"Evan Gordon is a guy that wanted to be back in Indiana. He has a great future in front of him. I just wish we would have been able to coach him longer because he would be even more indoctrinated into what we are trying to do. But he is getting better and working at it. He is spending time improving and when his intensity level is high, we are a better basketball team.
"And with Will, when it's all said and done, long after this is done and years and decades pass, everyone will remember Will Sheehey for being a huge part of the comeback of this program. Not just the comeback of the team but the comeback of the program. The program always stayed strong because the foundation was so strong - the tradition, the fans, the former players, the winning was there - but the culture had dropped. It didn't come back easily. It was guys like Will that changed that culture with their work ethic and winning and edge. And he continues to do that to this day."
On tale of two halves for Terran Petteway against Indiana the first time:
"They put really good shooters on the court and their five man, so to speak, plays like a two, three man in Walter Pitchford, so you have to guard him as a perimeter player constantly. Because they space so well and drive it, you have to make sure that it's early help, early recovery, and not get away from the guys that can make shots.
"It would be different if it was just Petteway and everybody else. It's not. He's the leading scorer and playing great but they have a lot of other guys that play well and Tim (Miles) does a good job of putting them in positions to make plays. Really, Petteway has got to see other defenders before he starts his move. There's no question."
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