When Christian Watford and Cody Zeller decided to return to school earlier this month, attention immediately turned to the Hoosiers’ scholarship situation for next season.
Indiana is oversigned by one player for next season, so if either Watford or Zeller would have entered his name in the NBA Draft, the problem would have been solved.
As it is, though, the Hoosiers have 14 players on scholarship with an NCAA limit of 13. Tom Crean didn’t sound overly concerned about the issue when he met with the media Tuesday afternoon.
“There’s not a big plan and there’s really not a timetable,” Crean said. “Those things work themselves out. They always have. Again, it’s just the way that it is. It’s certainly something that’s on the horizon, but there’s no timetables.”
There are several ways the problem could work itself out.
First, a player could go off of scholarship and pay his own way next season. One of the incoming freshmen could spend a year in prep school to develop further. A transfer, whi