BLOOMINGTON – A couple hundred on-lookers filed into the Hoosier Room Wednesday for the introduction of new men's basketball coach Tom Crean, but two in particular stood out.
Jordan Crawford and Eli Holman.
The two players were the only members of the current basketball team who were in attendance for the announcement, and both have publicly admitted that they're unsure if their playing careers will be continuing in Bloomington.
While their appearance is probably a good sign about their futures, it's far from a guarantee.
"I'm not going to just up and leave – I came here to hear what he had to say, which was positive," said Holman, who missed nearly all of his freshman season with a wrist injury. "I was going to give him a chance, whoever the coach was. Even if it was Coach (Dan) Dakich, I was going to give him a chance."
Crawford, Holman, and the rest of the returning players met with Crean at approximately 10 a.m., one hour before Crean's Memorial Stadium press conference. According to IU Athletic Department Media Relations Director J.D. Campbell, recently dismissed players Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis were not invited to that team meeting.
IU Athletic Director said it's Crean's call when it comes to deciding the fate of those two players, but he also has some others who aren't 100 percent committed to returning, including Holman and Crawford.
"It's crossed my mind, because the coach that I came here for is gone," said Crawford. "It had to cross my mind. I've thought about it and I'm still thinking about it. I'll meet with the coach and go from there."
Holman, meanwhile, admitted that his decision could be coming a bit sooner.
"I'm going home this weekend, talk it over with some family and friends and when I come back next week hopefully I'll have my decision by then," Holman said.
While many college basketball fans are familiar with Crean based on his nine-year run at Marquette and his assistant coaching stint at Michigan State, the current crop of Hoosier players met their new coach for the first time Wednesday morning. There figure to be plenty of meetings in the not-too-distant future, which should go a long way toward trying to keep the players from exiting.
"I just want to get to know him, and for him to get to know me," said Crawford.
Holman said Crean wants to have one-on-one meetings with the players, although a timetable for those get togethers hasn't been established.
"He wants to meet individually and I think that's the best way, to get to know the person," Holman said.
Crawford, Holman React to Crean Introduction
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