Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, pictured here at Cody Zeller's NBA draft declaration press conference, understands that such events can be just as beneficial as harmful.
While next season's team will miss Zeller's length and athletic ability, the sight of a coach sending multiple players to the Association early creates an impression with recruits. John Calipari's perpetual success at Kentucky is based on the evidence that he can send recruits to chase their professional dreams.
With both Zeller and Victor Oladipo going pro early this season, Crean is beginning to build his own NBA pipeline.
That can only aid his cause as he chases prospects for the class of 2014. Some interesting players are on the IU radar, so let's examine a few of the compelling narratives surrounding the Hoosiers' efforts.
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