By now, college basketball fans are well aware of the resurgence that Indiana has had under head coach Tom Crean.
While expectations are through the roof, there is still plenty of work to do with another season on the horizon. Off-the-court however, Crean continues to pull off his recruiting magic and over the weekend, the Hoosiers added top-40 prospect Troy Williams to their 2013 class.
Williams is widely-regarded as one of the top small forward prospects in the nation and by way of Oak Hill Academy (VA), the Hoosiers certainly picked up a stout addition moving forward.
Williams became the fifth commitment for Crean and the Hoosiers on Sunday, joining Stanford Robinson, Collin Hartman, Luke Fischer, and Devin Davis from the senior class.
Just last spring, Williams’ recruitment appeared all but over when reports and word surfaced that he was expected to choose between Kentucky or North Carolina. Well, no such commitment came through and things began to open up, yet again.
Increased interest and some additional time ultimately allowed Crean and the Hoosiers to get more and more involved. That hard work has certainly paid off with Sunday’s decision.
“Coach Crean is a great coach,” Williams told ESPN’s Reggie Rankin. “He didn’t tell me just what I was good at, but what I had to work on. Plus I really got along well with the other players that were committed while on my visit. We really got along well. My mom had a connection with Coach Crean, and the rest of my family supported me.
Williams is ranked at No. 37 overall by Rivals, while ESPN pins him at No. 32.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse