It appears that coach Crean has done a lot more than just impress Hoosier Nation with his ability to develop players. NBA scouts and execs have taken notice and they like what they see.
Not the Bruins, nor Muhammad. Truth be told, Indiana would've destroyed UCLA on Tuesday night. For all the starry All-America freshmen at UCLA – Kyle Anderson to Jordan Adams to Muhammad – the Hoosiers are a throwback program of pro prospects. Beyond the clear greatness of Zeller, a highly recruited prospect, Indiana has become a pure player development machine under coach Tom Crean. From juniors Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey, to seniors Jordan Hulls (think Travis Deiner) and Christian Watford, pro scouts marvel over the development of modestly recruited players into draft-able prospects.
"I think Muhammad is lucky they lost to [Georgetown]," one Western Conference executive said. "Indiana would've put Oladipo on him, and I'm not sure [Muhammad's] ready for that yet.
This fits in line with the program that I would love to see. Coach Crean combining star talent with the likes of Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Noah Vonleh, and Troy Williams with good prospects like Watford, Creek, Hollowell, Perea, and Robinson along with the undervalued gems like Hulls, Sheehey, Oladipo, Jurkin, Fischer, and Davis. He has the Big Red Machine going again and it's not slowing down anytime soon.