Previewing Sam Houston State at Indiana
Nov. 14, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Kenny Johnson along with Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo talked to the media about Thursday's game against Sam Houston State as part of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Kenny Johnson
On Sam Houston State's big man Michael Holyfield:
On how much more difficult it will be to have someone with size to face down low: "Bryant and North Dakota State were competitors as well; each individual poses their own challenge. I think he presents a little bit different challenge for us being that this team is a tad bit faster paced overall and the perimeter is going to be surrounded with shooters. They are going to have shooters at all four spots, no matter who is in the game opposite him. With us being probably a tad more spread out and him having more space to operate, he can pose a little bit more of a threat. There may be a little more one-on-one block-outs for him."
On Sam Houston State's guards:
On Johnson's recruiting impact and what he tries to emphasize:
"Honestly, it's been more of taking a lead from Coach Crean and identifying the things that have not only made Indiana one of the top programs in the country historically, but also identifying the things that he's done since he's been here with this program. I'm really diving into what his philosophy is, understanding what makes Indiana, at its current state, good. We are just focused on finding the right type of individuals that fit into that philosophy. I'm just really taking the lead from not only him, but Coach Buckley and Coach McClain and recognizing the hard work that Marni Mooney has done, and the strength and conditioning work that Je'Ney Jackson has done, and finding people who want to fit that culture.
"I have a little bit of a head start just from the impact they've had on Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo. I've honestly been a fan of Coach Crean for many years, and I've kind of understood what he was all about. So it's been kind of a smooth transition for me identifying what a `Coach Crean type player' would be. When you have that background information, you are able to come in and really identify people that I think that he would like and people that I knew would fit into his culture and his mind set. Recruiting has been enjoyable from that aspect, and it makes it easy to recruit for and be a part of a staff that fits my own personal mind set as well."
On how much emphasis he puts on getting to know the recruit before he signs them: "I think that relationships are important in all facets of life. It starts with a conversation. There is hundreds upon hundreds of talented individuals in the world, but it goes back to the certain characteristics that we talk about as a staff that we feel like are valuable and important to us. Once you can recognize that in an individual, you go through the process of identifying whether there is a true interest in their part. Like I said, it starts off with a conversation so a relationship to me can begin with a `hello.' "
On what challenges Sam Houston State presents:
On whether the team is satisfied with its defense the first two game:
On preparing for Sam Houston State:
On what stands out as areas that need improvement:
On what he has liked from the team the first couple games:
"And I also think that we are playing smarter as each game goes on, knowing what our strengths and weaknesses are. We just need to keep doing that."
On the key to making sure everyone stays on the same page:
On adjusting to playing with Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell as the point guard:
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