Tom Crean Talks About Jeremiah April and Tim Priller
June 11, 2014
Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean talked about spring signees Jeremiah April and Tim Priller and what impact they will have on the Hoosier program.
Team played 68 games in 2013-14 at Westwind Played against some of the top prep schools Scored career high 31 pts vs. Pima CC Tallied 28 pts vs. Scottsdale CC Dropped 26 pts. vs. Midlands JC
HIGH SCOOL STATS
SENIOR: 19 ppg, 11 rpg, 5 bpg, 4 apg, 53% FG, 78% FT JUNIOR (Joy Chrstian HS): 9.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.4 bpg
Quoting Tom Crean -- "We are looking for upside. When you are signing late and you are signing young players like that, you have to be able to project that upside. Jeremiah April, to me, he has grown four inches in just a couple of years. He has put on weight and played a lot of games. He is one of those late bloomer guys, but I don't think he is anywhere near where he is going to be. He will get into campus this weekend and starting next week we will have a chance to have him with us and he can get indoctrinated into what we are trying to do, along with Tim Priller. Jeremiah has very good timing and excellent hands. For a big player he has a tremendous soft touch. He is relatively raw, there is no question about that. If he didn't have really good hands and excellent touch, you are looking at a guy that might not become a good shooter, we think he is going to become a very good shooter. He has good timing to block shots. I don't think he understands the intensity level yet he is capable of playing at on a daily basis or what is going to be expected of him. I love his attitude and I love his family. I really like his coach and I like how excited he is to come to Indiana."
A first-team all-district selection in District 4-5A Helped team to 19-11 record as a senior Scored 30 of his 39 points vs. Carroll in the 2nd half
HIGH SCOOL STATS
SENIOR: 17.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg, 56% FG, 51% 3FG, 79% FT JUNIOR: 9.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 54% FG, 38% 3FG
Quoting Tom Crean -- "Tim Priller is one of those players that remind me of a more athletic Nick Fazekas, who played at Nevada and we recruited at Marquette, who was the second pick in the second round to the Dallas Mavericks, years back. He was one of those guys that was a little unorthodox, but the shot went in. To me Tim brings that. Anyone that is that size and playing at that level of competition and shooting 52 percent from three, that is going to get your attention right away. He has an attitude of getting better and I think he is going to bring in a real hunger to improve and prove people wrong. I loved what I saw on film and it wasn't just the ability to make shots, it was how he impacted games when he wasn't getting the ball. It was getting a charge, at 6'9" to win a game. It is grabbing a big rebound. I think he can pass the ball. He has to get stronger. Both of them have to be blanket and pillow guys at Cook Hall, with the weight room, there is no question about that. They have to gain strength and the level of intensity they are going to need to train at. Both guys have been well coached and they come from pretty good basketball areas. I think the upside is really strong."
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