Faced with a seemingly impossible task three years ago, Tom Crean is on the verge of returning Indiana basketball back to its rightful place in college basketball.
After inheriting the mess Kelvin Sampson left behind in 2008, Crean has worked tirelessly around the clock with one goal in mind—hanging a sixth banner from the rafters of Assembly Hall.
Despite going 28-66 during his first three seasons in Bloomington, including 8-46 in Big Ten play, Crean landed the one recruit he desperately needed in order to send a signal to the rest of the country that IU basketball was back.
Indiana's Mr. Basketball, Cody Zeller, is ranked as the No. 15 player overall in the class of 2011, and the No. 5 power forward according to Rivals.com.
At 6'11", 215 lbs., Zeller is the highest ranked recruit to come to Bloomington since Eric Gordon in 2008. He's also the younger brother of Tyler Zeller—a projected first round NBA Draft pick in 2012 according to nbadraft.net.
Let's take a look at the top five players for Tom Crean's Indiana Hoosiers next year.