Bloomington – It didn't take Tom Crean long to try to make contact with long-time IU recruiting target Stephan Van Treese.
The new IU head coach hasn't even been on the job a week and he's already attempted to touch base with the 6'9" 220-pound Class of 2009 big man from Indianapolis' Lawrence North H.S. But Crean was unclear whether or not Indiana had already used its allotted one call per month, so he instead place his call to Lawrence North Coach Jack Keefer, who in turn let Van Treese know Crean was trying to get in touch with him.
Van Treese returned the call and was unable to get in touch with the new IU coach, but it's clear that Indiana's interest in Scout.com's 40th-ranked player in the '09 class hasn't wavered.
Van Treese, who is Bloomington this weekend practice with the Nike Elite 17-and-under squad, figures to be able to get in touch with Crean in the not-too-distant future, and he does have some questions for the new coach.
"I basically want to see what they have to offer," Van Treese said Saturday morning. "I don't know if IU is going to be sanctioned, so I want to see what's going to happen with that and also who some of the other players are that might be interested in going there."
It's clear that the possibility of additional sanctions – most notably an NCAA tourney ban – would have a crippling effect on IU's chances to landing Van Treese.
"Who wants to go to a school when you can't play in the NCAA Tournament?" Van Treese said. "Everyone here (with the Nike Elite team) would agree with me. That's a big factor."
Indiana won't find out about the possibility of additional sanctions until later this summer, and most think it's improbable that IU would face a multi-season postseason ban. But getting a final answer from the NCAA is big as Crean attempts to restock the Indiana roster.
One thing that will aid IU's efforts is the fact Van Treese doesn't plan on making a decision until the fall, long after the NCAA will have issued a final ruling on the IU basketball program.
"I'm definitely going to wait until around (the start of) my Lawrence North season to commit," Van Treese said. "I'm going to sit back, wait, and talk to everyone. I'll also try to take my official visits."
Despite IU's recent troubles, they remain on Van Treese's list of possibilities. He said he's still considering Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State, UCLA, Kansas and Louisville, and he has offers from all of them. He's already been taking a close look at many of the schools, as he took unofficial visits to Kansas, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Purdue, IU Notre Dame and Louisville in recent months.
He's been a regular visitor to Bloomington to not only visit the Hoosier program, but also to see his older brother, Nathan, who is an IU student. He said those trips to town result in plenty of people giving him the hard sell about being a Hoosier.
"When I went down there to visit (Nathan) he was like, ‘Dude, you have to come here,'" Van Treese said. "All his friends are telling me to come. Everyone I see is trying to get me to go there.
"My brother really wants me to go there, but if I don't, he won't be mad at me…or at least not too mad at me."
Van Treese admits there's plenty of things that are appealing about the IU program.
"They're close to home, and that's not a huge factor, but it's a factor," Van Treese said. "It's always been one of my top schools because I'm from Indiana and I've always loved Indiana."
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