(Note: This is part of an ongoing series, and if there are any players you would like to see chronicled, let us know in the comments)
Last week, our own Kyle Swick wrote a SCORCHING HOT and TOTALLY SERIOUS article about how Indiana needs to get back to 'crootin people who understand the tradition at IU. Individuals who grew up with cuts and scrapes from too much driveway basketball. Men who are one with the Bobby Knight mentality. Basically, Kyle was trying to say that we need to recruit 5 Tom Coverdales (Incidentally, Coverdale's dadbod now also fits Swick's physical recruiting profile, as well).
1. Before Indiana
The versatile point guard out of Noblesville, Indiana quickly became a high school legend by showcasing his game for the Noblesville Millers in the late 90's. Despite amassing over 1,900 points for his career and being named Mr. Basketball in Indiana in 1998, Coverdale speaks openly of his team's semi-state run in 1997 (Its first playoff appearance in 34 years) as his most cherished high school moment .
While he garnered interest from coaches and programs around the country, as soon as Robert Montgomery Knight extended a scholarship his way, it was game over. As he explains it:
" Really the deciding factor for me was that I grew up an Indiana fan and had watched them my whole life. So I knew as soon as they offered me a scholarship, I'd stop the whole recruiting process because I knew I wanted to go there since I was a little kid. Basically that was the decision for me. I had always went to games there and just thought about how fun it'd be to play there so when I had the opportunity, even though they wanted me to go to a prep school first, I took it without even hesitating." - (Source)