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After another disappointing season, where the Indiana Hoosiers finished 10-21, coach Tom Crean worked tirelessly this past week to give Hoosier fans something to be happy about.
And boy did it work.
Point guard Brandon Knight, the consensus top player in the nation in the class of 2010 according to rivals.com, scout.com, espn.com, and scouts nationwide, seemed ready to commit to John Calipari at the University of Kentucky this week.
But after a late push that put Indiana at the top of his list, he decided in front of a packed gymnasium in his hometown of Ft. Laurdadale, Florida to attend Indiana on a basketball scholarship.
"Coach Crean visited me, and told me I would be able to play from day one, as well as playing in a real conference, the Big Ten. I didn't realize that the SEC was such a horrible conference," said Knight.
After the decision, the 6'3'' 183 lb. guard called Tom Crean to give him the news.
"When I told coach Crean the news, he started to scream wildly, and clap his hands together a lot. I wasn't sure what was going on, it sounded like he does sometimes when he coaches, said Knight. When I went to see Indiana play [two weeks ago vs. Wisconsin], he was yelling at the players a lot, but most of the players didn't seem to listen. I guess they just understand what he is saying."
The Hoosiers, a once proud school with a rich tradition, have fallen on hard times after a scandal brought on by former coach Kelvin Sampson forced the NCAA to put the team on probation.
Indiana then hired Tom Crean from Marquette University, where he took that program from the bottom of Conference USA, to the contenders each year in the NCAA Tournament.
Since Crean's arrival, the decimated team has been playing mostly freshman and sophomores, which has impressed Knight.
"I like the way he puts his trust in the younger players, said Knight. Even when he has the opportunity to play older players like senior center Tijan Jobe and senior guard Brett Finkelmeier, he continues to put the ball in the hands of 19 year olds."
As news of the commitment came out, the Hoosier Nation message boards exploded, with fans proclaiming that Indiana would win the NCAA next season.
"There is no coincidence that Brandon's last name is Knight. Only Knight can bring us back to the glory days, and with him as our starting point guard, we will win for sure," said one fan, a gold member on rivals Indiana site Peegs.
"I don't care if Knight never goes to class, has someone take tests for him, and only scores all the points. As long as we beat Kentucky and we win the National Championship, i'm happy," said another unnamed fan on the site.
Other posts on the message boards and forums asked fellow fans to print out pictures of Knight in an Indiana jersey and post them all around campus.
The craze even has some students stating that Indiana should rename the basketball court Brandon Knight Court, before he has even stepped on it. Currently it is Branch McCracken Court, after the coach who led the Hoosiers to two NCAA Championships in 1940 and 1953.
But the budding point guard is taking the excitement it in stride.
"I know there will be crazy expectations on me, some of which I will never live up to, but i'm willing to do anything for the Hoosiers to win a national championship," said Knight.
However, Tom Crean is already back on the recruiting trail, trying to find more pieces to the NCAA title puzzle.
"We must take back the country, one top five player at a time," said Crean.
So far, one down, four to go.
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