Speaking publicly for the first time since Jeremy Hollowell and Austin Etherington decided to transfer, Indiana coach Tom Crean wished them well but didn't have any regrets about the way he tried to develop them in Bloomington.
"They got opportunity. You have to do something with it," Crean said on the Kap and Haugh Show on 87.7 FM in Chicago on Tuesday morning.
Both Etherington and Hollowell started at times for the Hoosiers last season, but neither made a significant impact. The duo combined for 7.7 points per game.
The bigger loss for Indiana is freshman forward Noah Vonleh, who announced Sunday night that he would declare for June's NBA Draft. Crean said Vonleh will leave Indiana 'at almost 50 percent of his degree after one year.'
So who does Indiana return? Here's a look:
PG Yogi Ferrell (JUNIOR)
PF Hanner Mosquera-Perea (JUNIOR)
C Peter Jurkin (JUNIOR)
SF Troy Williams (SOPHOMORE)
SG Stanford Robinson (SOPHOMORE)
PF Devin Davis (SOPHOMORE)
SG Collin Hartman (SOPHOMORE)
**G James Blackmon Jr. (FRESHMAN)
**G Robert Johnson (FRESHMAN)
**SF Max Hoetzel (FRESHMAN)
The Hoosiers return their leading scorer (Ferrell), their fourth-leading scorer (Williams), their fifth-leading scorer (Robinson), their eighth-leading scorer (Mosquera-Perea), their ninth-leading scorer (Davis) their 12th-leading scorer (Hartman), and their 14th-leading scorer (Jurkin). Jurkin played only 11 minutes all season, and Hartman played only 72.
The Hoosiers certainly aren't done recruiting in this 2014 class, and Crean made that clear on his radio appearance Tuesday morning. He said he wants to finish this class "with a couple of warriors" that can rebound, defend and know how to win.
Either way, the Hoosiers will be relying on a couple of new faces to play significant roles again next season.
"You're constantly rebuilding or reshaping your teams at this level," Crean said. "You either get determined with it or you get discouraged, and there's no discouragement in me. I'm looking forward to it actually.
"We know how great this thing can be when it's rolling, and that's exactly where we're gonna get it again."