Sunday, March 7, 2010

Roshown McLeod Out at IU

So let the speculation begin.

Word has come from Indiana that assistant coach Roshown McLeod is finished with the basketball team.

There had been talk that McLeod’s Hoosier tenure would be over after the season. Instead, he’s done “effective immediately.”

“There is never a good time for something like this,” coach Tom Crean said in a university release, “but it is a decision that had to be made moving forward.”

Does that sound like he was fired?

We thought so.

McLeod, who wasn’t at Saturday’s win over Northwestern, was a former college player at Duke and St. John’s. His main role was to work with the Hoosier big men. He previously was an assistant coach at Fairfield University, at Woodward Academy in Atlanta and with AAU club programs.

McLeod was hired to bring in top-level recruits from Atlanta and the East Coast. It didn’t happen. His main claim to recruiting fame was getting a verbal commitment from Florida forward David Williams, a lightly regarded player who opted not to sign with the Hoosiers.

Let’s just say that no one was disappointed.

Names will be tossed about for a new assistant, many with Hoosier connections such as Tom Coverdale and even Calbert Cheaney. Figure Crean will take his time. There’s no rush. The new coach will have to be good at developing players as well as recruiting new ones. He’ll need to be able to work with Crean and to understand the kinds of players who will fit in well with the program and the university.

And if he can help sign the next Greg Oden, all the better.

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