Article in the local paper today (online subscription required, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2012/07/03/iusports.creans-come...) tells about many of the IU players earning a degree in under four years. Here's a list:
Matt Roth - Earned Bachelor's in May 2011(3 years), Masters in May 2012
Tom Pritchard - Earned Bachelor's in Dec 2011(3.5 years)
Jordan Hulls - Earned Bachelor's in May 2012(3 years)
Derek Elston - Earned Bachelor's in May 2012(3 years)
Christian Watford - Expected to earn Bachelor's in Dec 2012(3.5 years)
Maurice Creek - Expected to earn Bachelor's in Dec 2012(3.5 years)
Victor Oladipo - Expected to earn Bachelor's in May 2013(3years)
Will Sheehey - Expected to earn Bachelor's in May or Dec 2013(3.5 years)
Cody Zeller - Expected to earn Bachelor's in Dec 2013(2.5 years)
The article says Zeller came to IU having already earned 22 college credits.
This speaks volumes about not only the hard work and dedication of these kids, but about the type of young men Tom Crean is trying to recruit. Especially in light of the job he had to do after the end of the Kelvin Sampson error, um, era. I would love to see all the guys with reamining eligibility, along with IU's great 2012 recruiting class stay for four years and win multiple Final Fours and Big Ten championships, but it is clear that one or several of them may not return after this year. It is hard to be angry or disappointed with young people with such obvious intelligence and determination.
This is refreshing to hear in this day and age
Brandon Knight left Kentucky after 1 year with 60 credits because he accumulated college credits while in high school because of AP classes. This is becoming a common trend.
Other than Zeller, how many of those guys had/ have even the slightest chance of making AND saving enough money from their basketball careers to retire before 35 and never needing another job?
My count is zero. College education is important.