Q & A: Jeremy Fears Sr. recaps visit to Indiana


Indiana hosted class of 2023 La Lumiere level guard Jeremy Fears Jr. for an unofficial go to final week and provided a scholarship to the highest 25 prospect.

Fears, who started his highschool profession at Joliet West, has a rising checklist of scholarship gives. Previous to his go to to Bloomington, Fears took visits this month to Illinois and Missouri. Fears transferred to La Lumiere previous to final season from Joliet West to have the ability to play a full season as a result of COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois.

Earlier this week, Contained in the Corridor spoke at size along with his father, Jeremy Fears Sr., in regards to the Indiana go to and way more.

Editor’s word: Among the questions have been edited for brevity and readability.

How was the Indiana go to?

Fears Sr.: The Indiana go to was nice. We actually loved it. It was truly higher than we anticipated. We had no thought what to anticipate and had no actual expectations or something loopy. However walked out of there actually, actually impressed.

What number of different visits have you ever taken to date this month?

Fears Sr.: We went to Illinois on June 1, the very first day (visits had been allowed). Then we went to Mizzou. We had been purported to go to Auburn, however didn’t find yourself making the Auburn one after which Indiana was subsequent. Then we go to Michigan State subsequent week.

Given that you just went by means of the recruiting course of your self, what’s it been like having that perspective and having the ability to assist your son undergo the method?

Fears Sr.: For me, actually, it’s every thing. What’s humorous about that’s 40 or 50 % of the coaches which might be recruiting my son, recruited me. (Fears Sr. performed at Ohio College.) Guys like Cuonzo Martin, Matt Painter, Chris Lowry over at Ok-State. Bruce Weber. Invoice Self, when he was at Illinois. Shaka Good from again within the days he was within the MAC. I’m not far eliminated in any respect (from the method). So I do know precisely what I’m in search of.

Mike Woodson’s background is within the NBA and there was some skepticism from some about his lack of expertise in school, so what had been your impressions of him coming to Indiana and what did you study from speaking to him on the go to?

Fears Sr.: To be sincere, I used to be most likely sort of skeptical, too. He didn’t have any actual school expertise. So coping with the youth and recruiting and the way all of that will work out once you’re utilizing to teaching within the NBA and dealing with execs and millionaire guys and egos and issues like that, however coach (Woodson) was so spectacular as a result of he was so humble, he was all the way down to Earth.

He by no means talked about himself a lot and even his accomplishments. The connection and the conversations appear real. Tremendous spectacular. My spouse raved about him the complete manner dwelling, all night time, and the following day to household and pals and me. Coach appeared to be an important man. The best way he was speaking to us, he took trip of what he was doing. We had been sitting on the aspect close to Tamar Bates’ dad and as he’s teaching and educating, he would come over and discuss to us. Simply having every day and life sort of conversations, it wasn’t all basketball. It was spectacular.

What do you want about the remainder of the teaching employees?

Fears Sr.: I actually preferred Yasir Rosemond. I’ve been speaking to (Dane) Fife for some time. Fife is a good man. And Kenya Hunter, I believed the complete employees was terrific.

What did you consider the amenities and Evolve (the place the gamers reside)?

Fears Sr.: That was icing on the cake. That place was unreal. The residing circumstances for these youngsters. It was like a six-star lodge for the youngsters. I believed that was actual good. I’m being humorous once I say six-star, nevertheless it’s an actual good environment.

I actually preferred the soccer stadium. In fact Meeting Corridor is simply totally different and I’m wanting ahead to it as a result of Jeremy has by no means been to a tailgate, he’s by no means been to a soccer recreation and he’s solely been to at least one good school basketball recreation and that was a few years in the past proper earlier than COVID when Purdue performed towards Michigan and Mackey was rocking.

Will you attempt to get again to Indiana this fall for a soccer recreation?

Fears Sr.: Certainly. They’re purported to be fairly good.

What are you able to inform us about Jeremy as a participant?

Fears Sr.: The power of his recreation is that he’s a natural-born winner and chief. He doesn’t imagine in dropping. He’ll go play by play the complete recreation. He’s simply so vocal. It’s contagious. He can change a tradition.

So I’ll offer you a fast instance. Joliet West had gained 4 video games beforehand. Jeremy was 13 years outdated and had simply graduated eighth grade. The following season, the identical roster, Jeremy got here in as a 14-year outdated freshman and along with his mindset, his mentality and toughness …he’s like a Collin Sexton or a Patrick Beverly. That’s his mentality. It grew to become contagious and he sort of modified the tradition along with his work ethic.

With a 14-year outdated freshman main the cost, they beat some metropolis powerhouses. We had been going to go to state for the primary time in 20-something years if it wasn’t for COVID. We completed with 30 wins and 4 losses. We beat Chicago Simeon for the primary time at school historical past.

Simply his management is subsequent degree relating to wins and losses and making guys higher round him. His intangibles as some extent guard and passing skill. He’s electrical with the ball. His understanding and IQ have at all times been excessive. His nickname is “Coach J” due to his IQ. He’s a coach on the ground.

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