Coach Tom Crean may be losing the Twitter war to Kentucky Coach John Calipari, but he is definitely take a big step in rebuilding the Hoosier basketball program with his 2009 NCAA men’s basketball recruiting class. Most Hoosier fanswould like to forget the 2008-09 basketball season after the program was hit by huge sanctions from the Coach Sampson debacle. Unlike the 2007 Purdue class that re-birthed the Boilermaker program, the 2009 Indiana classis comprised of stars from all across the U.S. and is ranked in the top 10 of all major college recruiting classes for 2009.
ESPN Ranking: 80
Jordan Hulls is a pefect compliment to Maurice Creek in the 2009 Indiana recruiting class. He’s one of the more highly ranked point guard prospects with family ties to the Hoosier basketball program dating to Bobby Knight’s time coaching at IU. He should be able to adapt quickly to Crean’s use of the pick and roll in the Hoosier offense.
ESPN Ranking: 45
Maurice Creek comes in as the one of the premier recruits in the 2009 Indiana recruiting class. He has great size for the 2 guard position and can score. He’ll give the Hoosiers an immediate pressence at the 2 guard position that can feed the bigs in order to help spread the defense.
ESPN Ranking: 34
Along with Creek, Watford gives Coach Crean another Top 50 NCAA prospect for the 2009 Indiana class. A great rebounder to go along with his scoring ability, Christian will be another force from the start for the Hoosiers.
ESPN Ranking: 90
Derek Elston is the one Indiana recruit who did not bolt when the Hoosiers went through the Sampson investigation and resulting penalties. A great Power Forward who coacah Crean believes is significantly under-rated. He won’t necessarily be an immediate impact at the start of the season, but should be playing a big role for the team before hitting March in the 2009-10 season.
Capobianco comes in with a reliable jump shot from the perimeter along with a great body for inside play. He’ll be able to bounce between PF, C, and even at times the SF position depending on the lineup being used by Coach Crean.
#6 2009 Indiana Recruit – C – Bawa Muniru
A native of Ghana, Muniru brings great size to the IU front court along with a strong work ethic. He will take some time to grow into a national force but will see significant playing time in the 2009-10 season at IU.
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