Indiana basketball look-back: 2013 class epitomized what was wrong with Tom Crean-era in Bloomington
Former Indiana University men’s basketball standout Michael Lewis once said while he was an assistant coach at Butler University that “the most important thing about recruiting is to get guys that fit in the locker room.”
Former Hoosier coach Tom Crean never really learned that during his time in Bloomington and the class of 2013 epitomized that.
Crean signed six players in the class and only one (Collin Hartman) finished his career with the Hoosiers.
Two players in the class (Luke Fischer and Noah Vonleh) never even made it to year two.
The class wasn’t an anomaly for Crean. During his tenure, 58.8 percent of Crean’s recruits signed in his 10 recruiting classes failed to complete their eligibility.
With New Albany High School senior star Romeo Langford announcing his college decision on April 30 and Indiana being one of three finalists for the athlete, News-Sentinel.com college basketball reporter Tom Davis is taking a daily glance back at the previous 10 Hoosier recruiting classes.
Today’s Hoosier recruiting class: 2013
Coming next: 2014
The heralded recruit certainly made an impact statistically for the Hoosiers, but to be fair, you have to ask at what cost?
The 6-foot-10 forward played 30 games and departed for the NBA after helping Indiana finish 17-15 overall and 11th in the Big Ten.
Vonleh averaged 11 points and a Big Ten-leading nine rebounds per game and was named as the league’s Freshman of the Year.
He was the ninth pick overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by Charlotte and has played on three teams in four years.
Williams is arguably the most valuable player in this recruiting class, as he started 94 of his 99 games for the Hoosiers over three seasons.
He got off to a solid start by averaging seven points and four rebounds as a freshman and started all 32 games.
He was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten as a sophomore after averaging 13 points and seven rebounds and put up 13 and five as a junior and was named Third Team All-Big Ten.
He declared for the NBA Draft but went undrafted. However, he has made the league and played in 51 games for three teams over the past two seasons.
The guard played in 32 games as a freshman and averaged seven points per game in Big Ten play while starting nine games that season.
He again appeared in 32 games as a sophomore and averaged 11 minutes per game, which was down from 16 as a freshman.
He transferred to Rhode Island for his final two seasons and averaged seven points per game over his final two years. As a senior, he started 31 of 33 games.
The 6-foot-11 post left Bloomington before the second semester of his freshman season after playing 10 minutes per game in all 13 games.
He transferred to Marquette and averaged double figures for his final three seasons of college basketball.
The Indianapolis native played in 29 games as a freshman but missed his sophomore season after being hit by a car driven by teammate Emmit Holt and having to rehabilitate the injury.
Before he returned to the court, he was arrested for possession of marijuana in his dorm room and he and teammate Hanner Mosquera-Perea (who was in the presence of Davis at the time) were both kicked off the team.
Davis spent a season at Odessa Junior College before finishing his career at Houston.
The 6-foot-6 athlete averaged 10 points and six rebounds as a senior.
The Indianapolis native never wavered in his loyalty to the Indiana program, though he had a lot of opportunities to do so.
After committing to the Hoosiers in November of 2010 (not a typo), Hartman endured a ton of health issues during his career, but he finished it on a strong note.
The 6-foot-7 forward had knee surgery following 2013-14 season, broke his right wrist in 2016 Big Ten Tournament, but still played in all three NCAA Tournament games, underwent season-ending knee surgery prior to 2016-17 season, came back this past season for his final year and missed extended time this preseason with an ankle injury, played in an exhibition game but then suffered a groin injury the day before season opener, later he missed the Minnesota game with a sore right shoulder and later also missed 2 games with lower left leg injury.
Through all of that, what he was able to contribute was tremendous leadership through the first season under new coach Archie Miller.
“He’s positive,” Miller said late in this past season. “He’s a leader. He’s stayed with it. He’s all about winning. I think he’s probably – deep down inside, he’d say to himself, I’m a shell of probably what I was at one point in my career, and the injuries certainly played a big role, not in his inconsistency but his inability to really get in a rhythm.
“But I’m glad he came back. He’s been awesome to be around. He’s been awesome for our staff to have a guy that’s a little bit older, a little bit more mature help our young guys. So he’s been good.”
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