BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana males’s basketball head coach Mike Woodson met with the media on Wednesday. Beneath is a video and transcript from the supply.
Q. Hello, Mike. I am curious, with June and July opening up by way of recruiting, having the ability to have visits and an opportunity to exit and watch youngsters, I do know you possibly can’t speak particularly about recruits, however whenever you prioritize this class, is there something particular that you simply see from a positional standpoint shifting ahead that you really want to get out of the this ’22 recruiting class?
MIKE WOODSON: Properly, once more, I feel you attempt to go get the very best gamers that match what you are attempting to do, and with the portal, you do not know from yr to yr who’s going to remain and who’s going to depart.
So I feel you bought to the touch each place whenever you’re speaking about constructing your basketball crew. I’ll speak to a number of the prime level guards within the nation, a number of the prime 2s and three wing guys, and a number of the prime 4s and 5s within the nation. I feel that is vital whenever you’re attempting to construct your program based mostly on the portal. I do not know the way lengthy that is going to be round.
And I am going to nonetheless recruit, however I do know a number of these gamers, they suppose, Properly, are you going to recruit over me or on prime of me. And I am unable to inform a child that I am not going to recruit on prime of him. I’ll attempt to recruit the very best expertise obtainable that matches what I am attempting to do.
I feel competitors, and should you’re any form of competitor, that is the way you get higher as a ball membership and as a person participant.
So, I imply, I’ve by no means ran away from competitors. I simply wished to go play and attempt to make myself recognized. These are the sorts of children I am attempting to recruit right here, however I am attempting to sit down on the desk with a number of the prime gamers.
Q. Looking forward to your roster, a number of modifications. Interested in your ideas with a number of the latest additions about simply the model of play and the way possibly the items are going to suit to what you wish to do?
MIKE WOODSON: Once more, I’ll attempt to play overtly, offensively, and provides a number of gamers the latitude to do issues with the basketball till they show me incorrect.
After which defensively we’re going to attempt to be a tough ass protection crew the place we get after folks and get stops after which rebound the ball and go attempt to have enjoyable offensively. That is form of my mindset entering into.
I do know I get to begin on the ground with these guys on the ninth, so I am trying ahead to that. On the tenth relatively. I am actually trying ahead to that, as a result of, once more, you by no means know what you bought till you set them on the ground and begin doing drills and giving them schemes and issues of that nature on each ends of the ground.
My largest hurdle I feel is how shortly can they choose it up. You simply do not know till you get out and begin training.
Q. It has been couple of months now. The place do you’re feeling from a consolation stage standpoint of how properly you are attending to know the children, and never essentially on the basketball flooring, however simply in particular person and the way the interplay with them has been?
MIKE WOODSON: That is a superb query. It is form of onerous when you possibly can’t truly sit down in a room and simply speak with younger males. My gamers which can be right here. You understand, I make it a degree once they are available in to work, they obtained to cease by my workplace and see me first so we will chat and see how their day goes and what is going on on of their lives. That is vital to me. I feel it helps me from a bonding standpoint even earlier than we hit the ground operating.
The brand new guys, I am on the telephone speaking, watching their AAU video games on the weekends and wishing them properly all through the week.
I do know they’d finals this previous week arising, in order that’s the one contact I’ve had. However a number of these guys, I am going to see them subsequent month. They’re going to be in after which we’ll begin with our recruit official visits and unofficial visits that may are available in and that may give me an opportunity to begin bonding and speak to a few of these guys in particular person.
Q. That is usually a time of yr you are knee deep establishing the nonconference schedule. What are you able to inform us about what you bought put collectively up to now? Typically what’s your philosophy on the nonconference schedule what you need that to seem like?
MIKE WOODSON: I’ll — I am not going to get too far forward of myself, however I obtained to fulfill with the AD and sit down with these guys and really see precisely the place we’re. That is going to occur most likely subsequent day or two, if not early a part of subsequent week, and simply take a look at it.
My factor is I wish to get a crew in place first earlier than we begin chasing the large boys. I imply, I am not afraid of competitors. I need a crew that is aggressive, and if we will play, get again to play the Kentuckys and the Kansases and groups of that nature earlier than we get on to Massive Ten, I am open for that.
However with this crew entering into early, I am certain there isn’t any — , when these coaches discuss, I am not that coach. You discuss, properly, this a gimme. There is no such thing as a gimmes in basketball. You bought to come back able to play for 48 minutes. I am going to by no means promote my crew and gamers and coaches on, Hey, you bought to respect your opponent and be able to play when it is time to play no matter who it’s.
Q. Coach, you talked just a little bit early on about wanting so as to add extra capturing. How a lot do you suppose you addressed that with a number of the late additions, and the way rather more do it’s good to go to get that means to shoot the three fairly successfully?
MIKE WOODSON: Properly, , I like everyone to have the ability to make the threes. I feel Michael, the large middle could make threes, to be trustworthy with you. However I feel Miller was a man that we needed to deal with, as a result of I feel he can play 2, 3, and 4 at his measurement. He possesses a weapon in having the ability to shoot the lengthy ball.
I feel Tamar Bates, till he will get right here from AAU and watching him play, he is proven he could make it, however now you bought to point out me you can also make it on the subsequent stage.
Xavier is extra of a streaky man. He’s extra in between the three-point line, and I did not deliver him in as a knock-down 3. So actually to reply your query, I am nonetheless looking sooner or later for guys that may make the lengthy ball. We’re going to work with Thompson as we go down the highway as a result of he’ll have a possibility to step out and be in that place to make pictures.
Similar with Galloway and guys like that. Phinisee is streaky in his capturing, however these are issues all of us go to work on. That is our crew as we transfer ahead, and we’re going to should put the time in on the ground by way of capturing the ball.
Even from a free throw standpoint, as a result of they simply weren’t an ideal free throw capturing crew. All these areas obtained to be cleaned up should you’re speaking about competing massive time within the Massive Ten.
Q. I assume form of talking of capturing, I wished to ask about what occurred with Jerome Hunter. I do know you had an announcement, however are you able to inform us extra about what led to his departure and what do you suppose it value you dropping one other man that’s kind of an even bigger wing that may shoot?
MIKE WOODSON: Once more, I will not get deep into this as a result of I like conserving stuff like that in home. He determined — we determined to half methods and he landed on his toes in Xavier, so I am enthusiastic about that. Speaking about capturing, he was a man that would make it however his share did not present that.
We simply did not — we did not combine the best way I feel I wished it to be between he and I. That is no knock in opposition to him. I feel he is a wonderful child, and we determined to half methods. He understood. I understood. He left right here and nonetheless landed on his toes at Xavier.
All I can want him is nothing however the very best, and we obtained to fret in regards to the guys we now have in Indiana uniforms as we go ahead.
Q. How is the golf sport? Quinn get you on the course Saturday?
MIKE WOODSON: Properly, Quinn and I, we shuttle with Scott and I and Dr. Rink, we do not even hold rating. I did not on Saturday. I imply, I am attempting to work on my sport, which is terrible proper now, the little I do play. So it is all good.
Q. With what you have got coming again, you talked about you solely find out about these guys as a result of you possibly can see them. You have not been capable of work with them. You understand about what you have got coming again and what you have seen coming in. Do you have got an concept of planning for the longer term?
MIKE WOODSON: Properly, once more, it is onerous to — I’ll be trustworthy with you guys. With this portal it is onerous to plan since you simply do not know what participant goes to be pleased as soon as the season is over with.
I am hoping to make everyone pleased. I do know I am unable to play everyone massive minutes and I do not know the way deep I am going to go this season till I get on the ground and put it collectively, however guys like Phinisee and Galloway and Geronimo, these are guys that they obtained to get higher. I obtained to push them to get higher for us to be higher. That is going to be vital as we transfer ahead.
And these new guys coming in, every little thing is new for them. They’ll be taking part in with completely different abilities. So it is a matter of how shortly these guys are capable of choose up issues, as a result of I’ll throw — not a number of issues at them like I’d do on the NBA stage. I obtained to gradual stroll it just a little bit I feel.
However I am simply to see how shortly they will adapt to what I am attempting to provide them, and my workers. That is going to be vital shifting ahead.
Q. Mike, couple small questions: What do you shoot? What did you shoot Saturday? What sort of golfer are you?
MIKE WOODSON: Properly, whenever you’re watching Tiger Woods you are mainly watching me. You understand, I am under scratch participant. Ought to have been on the PGA TOUR most likely. No, I am an terrible participant. (Laughter.)
I am going to shoot anyplace from 85 to 100, however I’ve a superb time.
Q. Now my actual query: Why are you doing this immediately? I am guessing it wasn’t your concept; possibly it was. Why are you speaking to us?
MIKE WOODSON: As a result of it is okay to speak to you guys. I imply, once I look again over my profession as a coach and participant in to the NBA, even once I was right here in faculty, you’re going to all the time should cope with the media. I get it. You guys have a job to do and I’ve a job to do as properly.
I’ve had run-ins with the media in a few of my stops. It is part of it. Typically I do not suppose it is honest a number of the issues that you simply learn which can be stated about you, after which there are a number of issues which have been — for probably the most half my stroll of life with the media has been fairly rattling good. I strive it hold it that manner.
However, once more, I am speaking to you immediately since you guys obtained a job to do and I respect that. I actually do. I simply need you guys it respect what I do.
Q. Thanks, we do. Coach, I assume how a lot, particularly as it’s important to begin planning issues like official visits, unofficial visits, mapping out the summer season, simply what is the synergy been like with the workers now that they’ve settled within the positions you need them in, and once more there this sort of calendar to gear up for with issues beginning up once more after COVID?
MIKE WOODSON: Properly, we already obtained July and June calendar able to go in time period of our visits and, , what we plan on doing shifting ahead. Now, I have never had — we been having teaching conferences attempting to map out what I wish to do and get my coaches extra familiarized with what I am doing.
We been watching movie of final yr’s crew and groups within the Massive Ten, after which particular person exercises by way of the place we break down the fellows that performed final yr, their particular person play, and the way like a Phinisee would possibly run a choose and roll. Trayce Davis’ candy spot, simply a number of issues that I am taking a look at by way of attempting to determine who can do what and who cannot do what and issues we’re going to have to show shifting ahead.
It is a number of work that must be accomplished, man, and I am simply anxious to get to June tenth the place we will truly begin understanding.
Q. You talked fairly a bit about what you want offensively, possibly 4 out and one in. You talked about onerous ass protection. Indiana’s performed this pack line over the past 4 years to blended outcomes. Are you able to clarify what an Indiana crew of yours that is taking part in properly, what sort of protection will we be seeing?
MIKE WOODSON: To begin with, I’ve seen this pack line. What’s that?
Q. We do not know. No, it was meant to pack the lane, to cease driving and penetration, leaving Indiana susceptible to 3 level pictures as a result of guys have been gradual to get better. Tony Bennett’s system that Archie picked up on.
MIKE WOODSON: All proper. Now that I do know that, I am going to say this from a defensive standpoint: The ball is the primary and most vital piece whenever you begin constructing a protection, and in some way I obtained to get gamers to have delight in guarding the ball and never beg for assist. That is the place it begins.
And then you definately obtained to place a system in place the place if there’s a break down you bought to have assist there and that helper has to have assist after which the subsequent man has to have assist, so it turns into a crew protection.
I feel nice defensive groups, they work as a unit. All people is on a string, and once I that rattling ball goes up everyone is chargeable for rebounding, so you possibly can go and do what you do the opposite manner.
So there’s a number of items in place that I obtained to place in as a result of I am very choosy with regards to defending, nevertheless it all goes hand in hand. Nice defensive groups study to guard the paint they usually study to get out to shooters. It is all about effort and placing forth simply the desire to defend. It ain’t going to be excellent.
I’ve discovered over time there’s this factor referred to as what ifs. If I say I need you to ship the ball this fashion and it does not get despatched that manner and will get despatched the opposite manner, what are you going to do? You going to give up on the play? Subsequent man in line, in place that can assist you, is he going that can assist you cease the ball?
You would be shocked. There are most likely extra what ifs in a sport than there’s the true deal. These are issues that as a coach I form of suppose out of the field whenever you’re coping with gamers, as a result of, once more, Knight thought out of the field when he labored with me right here, and once we did not do what was requested of us, he made it a degree to verify we obtained again within the field and did what we needed to do.
There may be going to be lot of issues shifting ahead with this crew. Once more, they do not know me and I do not know them but. Simply by watching on movie. That is why I am so enthusiastic about getting them collectively and attending to work.
So we’ll see.
Q. Only a query about you coming from the NBA with everybody so polished. You speak in regards to the exercises on June tenth to get began. Is there anybody particularly you are excited to get your palms within the clay and mildew that participant, that you simply’re simply actually, actually hyped as much as work with?
MIKE WOODSON: No. Not one explicit participant, as a result of I do know if we’ll be an enormous time crew that competes within the Massive Ten, it is obtained to be everyone. If a participant goes down, I obtained make that subsequent participant that is in line really feel snug about stepping in and taking part in.
That is what a crew is all about. You may’t play everyone 30, 40 minutes, however that man that does not play a number of minutes, he is obtained to be prepared simply in case.
What if? What if he will get harm? Are you prepared? Are you sitting over sulking the entire time since you weren’t taking part in? I do not need gamers like that. I obtained to get them within the state of mind.
To reply your query, I am enthusiastic about getting the entire group collectively and placing a system in place on each ends of the ground, after which we’ll have particular person exercises for every participant and then you definately’ll see who grows and the way shortly they develop.
That is what teaching and basketball to me, what it is all the time been about. Once you take a look at the Davis child, I offered him on he is obtained to get higher, , from his proper hand and having the ability to end extra willingly across the rim and he is obtained to obtained develop a shot. When he picks and pops he is obtained to really feel about good making that shot.
These are all particular person issues that we obtained to do with gamers, however on the finish of the day, it turns into a crew when everyone is clicking on all cylinders and we’re doing the issues which can be essential to win on each ends of the ground.