Coach Crean on Senior Day and Northwestern
March 5, 2010
On the seniors:
"Steven Gambles is the one that, to me, has really persevered through a lot. He has not been with us a lot as of late, and he is going to come back tomorrow, and that was the agreement that we made. He has been attending to family issues with his grandfather. He has been dealing with it for some time, really since Christmas break. It got to the point where, without being dramatic, he just needed to spend more time with that, but the agreement we made was that I wanted him leaving here an Indiana basketball graduate and not just an Indiana graduate. So, we will definitely honor him tomorrow.
"Devan Dumes was one of the first guys to come and join this. I would say that he has grown a lot, he has learned a lot, he has helped a lot. He has brought a lot of different things to the equation. Some of the successes that we've had over these two years, he has had a big hand in them. I would think he has probably learned an awful lot and done some very good things.
"Tijan (Jobe) is unique in the sense that you can't imagine how much better he is. Last year we told him, `Tijan, you have to make some real changes here or you're probably not going to be able to stay.' And, the changes were going to be on how much more he was concerned about getting better athletically and building all of those things. What you saw with him running on campus, that became what we saw all the time. That became who he is. It wasn't who he was when he got here. He has been through a lot. That has been a model citizen in this program for so long. I know there are not going to be stories written about his basketball career, but when you look at the improvement he has made and the character that he has, when you look at the fact that he got on a plane years ago to come to this country and his family said good bye and from that point on he did not see them and he still has not had an opportunity yet to mourn the death of his mother. He'll have his brother here tomorrow, he is extremely proud of that. It is very unique. There have been a lot of unique things that have happened here, some really good, some not so good. That young man has made a difference because he has gotten so much better. We just finished practice and we called an alley-oop play. We ran it and he dunked it so hard. He couldn't have done that four months ago. He is a really unique guy. "
"I think all four guys are going to graduate, they're going to graduate on time. They've done very good things. They've been a part of a heck of a rebuilding project, and I hope that people in this state remember that. They won't remember them for the banners that they hung, but I hope that they will remember them for the trying times that they went through, and I hope that they are always in high demand in the work place in this state if they choose to stay here."
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