Crown Point's Gelon draws Crean's attention

Indiana coach Tom Crean watched 2016 guard Grant Gelon on Sunday. Who is he? What does it mean?

Indiana coach Tom Crean made his way back home in the midst of a hectic first July evaluation period to see elite 2017 prospects Paul Scruggs and Kris Wilkes in Indianapolis on Saturday.

But rather than returning to Georgia for the final day of Peach Jam on Sunday, Crean remained in Indy to check out another in-state prospect he had been hearing about all week. His name? Grant Gelon, a 6-foot-5 wing from Crown Point.

Gelon impressed those on hand at the adidas Invitational all week, so much so that he drew the attention of a high-major coach like Crean.

"He told me he was interested in me and said I was pretty impressive in that game [against the Eric Gordon All-Stars]," Gelon told AllHoosiers.com on Monday. "He liked what he say and he said they will be following me the rest of the summer.

Gelon didn't have an offer before the adidas Invitational -- Western Michigan offered him on Sunday -- but under-the-radar kids blow up in July all the time, and Gelon is working to be the next one. He said he has heard from Lipscomb, Montana State, Marist and Furman since the tournament ended, but it's the interest from Crean and Indiana that has Gelon most excited.

"I have to be honest and say I'm a die-hard Duke fan," Gelon said. "But I do like IU and how they play. They gym, the fans, the school ... I'm a fan."

So why the sudden surge in interest? Well, Gelon averaged 14.7 points per game at the adidas Invitational, but he thinks it's more than just raw numbers that made people want to watch him.

"I did what I do best and I made 3s," Gelon said. "I also believe what got me a little extra attention was when we were down 16 in the first half [against EG10], and the team and I didn't just fold and give up. We fought and we played with incredible passion and imposed our will against there's, and we came out on top. I got hot and the team responded.

"My game is primarily putting the ball in the hole, particularly form 3. I also play hard with a lot of passion and I think that's what makes me stand out a little."

Gelon's Indiana Elite Central AAU team will be in St. Louis for an event this week.


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