Capobianco Working on College Checklist

Bobby Capobianco already knows that he'll be playing his college basketball at Indiana, but he has some other matters to sort out before the fall of 2009. One of those is finding a roommate, and 'Capo' already has a couple of possibilities in mind...

Bloomington – Bobby Capobianco is already trying to finalize some of his college plans.

Destination – check. The 6'8", 235-pound forward from Loveland, Ohio, verbally committed to IU Coach Tom Crean last month.

IU apparel – check. Both of his parents joined him in Bloomington last weekend for the Adidas May Classic, and each was dressed in Hoosier gear while cheering on their son and his Indiana Elite AAU squad.

Roommate – TBA.

It's not due to a lack of effort, though. Capobianco already has a couple offers on the table to AAU teammates Jordan Hulls and Stephan Van Treese to room together in Bloomington. Both have been extended scholarship offers by Crean as well, although neither has hinted at a decision anytime soon.

"I've told Jordy I need a roommate, and I told Stephan the same thing," Capobianco said. "I guess if both of them decide to come, we'll have to flip a coin."

While Tom Crean is hopeful of getting Hulls and/or Van Treese, he's clearly excited to already have a pledge from Capobianco for the '09 class.

The Loveland H.S. standout is a physical frontcourt player who is surprisingly versatile offensive end. During Indiana Elite's march to the AMC title, Capobianco showed off more than just a rugged approach in the paint. He also displayed shooting range that extended to the 3-point line along with a fadeaway baseline jumper that he knocked down with consistency.

Hulls has watched Capobianco for a couple of years on the AAU circuit and believes IU is getting an impact player.

"He's very versatile," Hulls said. "He's 6'8" and huge, but he's gotten in really good shape. He can run the floor much better this year, he can shoot the 3, he passes the ball and he's unselfish."

Those are attributes Crean first discovered when he was the head coach at Marquette, prompting him to be the first to offer a scholarship when he was still coaching the Golden Eagles. That interest carried over when he landed at IU, and Capobianco didn't wait long to add his name to IU's '09 commitment list. In doing so, Capobianco became the first player to commit to Crean after he arrived in Bloomington.

Last weekend's AMC gave Capobianco another chance to sit down with Crean, which he did Friday night before the start of the tournament. But it also gave him another chance to play in his future home, Assembly Hall. Capobianco has played in the building before, but last weekend's appearance was a little different since he now knows he'll be playing his college basketball there beginning in 2009.

"The stands might not be full now, but every time I look at it I think about all the crazy fans, all the stuff that goes on during the games, I'm looking forward to it," Capobianco said.

He's also hopeful of adding to the program's storied tradition. The fallout from Kelvin Sampson's tenure has the program on its heels right now, but an '09 recruiting class that already includes Capobianco, Tipton (Ind.) forward Derek Elston and Maryland shooting guard Maurice Creek figures to expedite IU's return to national prominence.

"You go to a school without any national championships it's always trying to get over that hump, get to that point," Capobianco said. "But a team that has tradition that knows how to win, it's nice to come to place and have something to shoot for – hang another banner next to those five."

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