Newcomer Update: Jeremiah April

Indiana coach Tom Crean has been impressed with improvements shown so far by freshman Jeremiah April.

It may not be tangible results, but Indiana coach Tom Crean has been impressed with how Jeremiah April has progressed since arriving at Indiana.

According the Crean, the freshman from Westwind Prep International in Phoenix is getting faster and his conditioning is improving, a crucial betterment if April is going to be able to get up and down the court and contribute early on in cream and crimson.

When April first arrived in Bloomington, he struggled to get through one 350-yard sprint following a full workout. Monday, the day before Crean’s summer update press conference, April was able to power through all five 350-yard sprints.

“Now to me that's progress,” Crean said. “That's how you measure progress. There's not a result. There's not a win/loss. It's not he's averaging this, he's averaging that. That's the progress you've got to see as you're building a player.”

While Crean isn’t sure what that progress will mean for April’s first season in an IU uniform, and while the 7-foot center still has a lot to learn, Crean likes that April is willing to learn and improve.

Crean also mentioned that April has been spending a lot of time with fellow late signee Tim Priller, and that April’s shooting range is around 12 to 15 feet at this point.

Last season, April averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per contest to go along with five blocks and four assists per game.


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