The Hoosiers Are on Franklin's Mind

Bloomington – Duncanville (Tex.) small forward Roger Franklin has had plenty of exposure to the Hoosiers as of late. Late last week he played with Bobby Capobianco at the NBA Showcase, and then over the weekend he talked to IU Coach Tom Crean. Franklin talks about the Hoosiers as well as some new big-name schools showing interest...

Bloomington – Tom Crean has a consistent message for Duncanville (Tex.) H.S. small forward Roger Franklin.

"He says, ‘keep me in mind,'" Franklin said. "That's one thing he always says – ‘keep me in mind at the end.'"

Franklin is certainly keeping the Hoosiers in mind, and once again said Monday that the Hoosiers are right at the top of his lift of potential destinations. He has a plethora of scholarship offers and has recently started to hear from Michigan State, Arizona, Memphis and Georgia Tech, but the Hoosiers continue to be a favorite of's 68th-ranked player in the '09 class.

"Indiana is a favorite," Franklin said. "Tom Crean started recruiting me before and when he left Marquette he stayed on me, and that's meant a lot to me."

Franklin first caught Crean's eye when he was still the coach at Marquette, and that's carried over to Bloomington. The 6-6, 195-pound standout was fresh on Crean's mind Sunday when he talked to the Class of 2009 standout about his performance at last week's NBA Showcase in Charlottesville, Va.

"He said he heard I did really well and that he's looking forward to seeing me in July," Franklin said.

NCAA recruiting regulations prevented college coaches from seeing the NBA Showcase event first hand, but Crean had his sources about how Franklin performed. One of those was likely Bobby Capobianco, who played with Franklin at the event.

While Capobianco might have done Crean a favor by sharing his take on Franklin's versatility and don't quit attitude, he also had Franklin intrigued about the possibility of playing with him beginning in the fall of 2009.

"He was bugging me the entire camp that we play well together and that I should go ahead and commit so we could play together for the Hoosiers," Franklin said. "He was on me about that all week."

Capobianco's approach resonated with Franklin, who liked the Loveland, Ohio, big man's abilities and style of play.

"It does have an influence on me because I saw how well we played together," Franklin said. "It makes me think about it a lot more because it shows me they're getting guys who are going to play hard and that are going to be team players. That will give Indiana an edge since I got to play with him."

While Capobianco probably helped the Hoosiers' cause, it's unlikely that a decision is imminent. He wants to take a closer look at some of the schools that are now showing him interest before narrowing his list of schools at the end of July.

Franklin has been comforted by the fact Crean hasn't been pushing him to make a pledge. He's made it clear he'd love to see him add his name to the Hoosiers' '09 class, but that he's willing to wait until the time is right for Franklin.

"One thing I love about Coach Crean is he said to take it real slow because you're going to make a decision that's going to affect the rest of your life," Franklin said. "It's nothing to rush into. He just says when the time comes to make a decision, to be sure to keep him in mind." Top Stories