Crean sees maturity growing in his young team

Indiana had some off the court issues last season, but Tom Crean sees more maturity in his team now.

It was a disappointing season on the court for Indiana last season, but the Hoosiers also had their share of issues off the court.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested in February for driving under the influence of alcohol, and Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were arrested in April for attempting to get into a bar with fake IDs.

Maturity, both on and off the court, was a major issue for Tom Crean's team last season, and it's something that must get much better for Indiana to have success this year.

"There's no, well, you know, put our arm around him and say, 'Hey, don't do that again', or 'try not to miss that class again, okay?' No one's doing that again. That's why you get 1,000 on the APR four straight years with these guys leaving.

"There's a difference between punishment and discipline. I think guys are growing. There were mornings when guys were getting up, some mornings, they were working hard. Some mornings they were going over to see cancer patients at the hospital, because they need to understand, that's a whole other world out there and the gift you've been given.

"Some programs choose to bring a TV crew and invite every one of you over there in the morning and let's do a documentary on it. That's not me. Maybe we should do more of that. But that's not how we do it. Because these kids are going to get into a point in their life where they are going to need to do something at the age of 24, 25, 26, 27, and you're not going to be there to cover it. You're not going to tweet about it. You're not going to bring a camera crew over there but they better do it. They better help people that need help."

It's impossible to know if you're getting to every play on every day, Crean admits, but he's doing his best to make sure the past problems don't plague his program in the future.

"All you can do is keep building on that daily. That's all you can do," Crean said. "You can keep trying to put them in a situation where they rely on one another to get better. Where they can look at each other and say, 'I don't want to let him down. He's working, I'm working. He can work better, I'm going to tell him.' Because that will lead over to off the court. That will lead over.

"When you play basketball at Indiana, it's a whole different deal, and there's a level of scrutiny that goes there. And they have got to understand that. So I think we are growing there. But something could happen tonight. That's the thing. There's no soapbox. You just deal with it as it comes and you try to help people understand that there's responsibilities that you have. There's going to be consequences to your actions. But we are truly trying to be an extension of their family and help make them better. It's not, 'Well, I'm going to go to my beach house and I'll get back in two weeks and I'll get back to it.' You deal with it head-on day after day, and that's what you do. That's how you raise family." Top Stories