‘World Class Coach’- NCAA Analyst Reacts To Mike Woodson Joining Indiana Hoosiers

Published 03/29/2021, 2:00 PM EDT


The Indiana Hoosiers have finally found the answer to their head coaching woes. Archie Miller’s tenure with the school ended without even an invite to the Big Dance for the Hoosiers. For the investment they have put into the program, that just wasn’t acceptable. As a result, we see former Hoosier and New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson take the job.

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His lack of NCAA coaching experience has raised some eyebrows. However, NCAA Analyst Seth Greenberg is happy with the hire as Woodson is a world-class coach and that coaching the team will be the easy part for him.

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“They finally have a connection to Coach Knight. If you think about it, for years and years after Coach Knight was let go, they didn’t want anything to do with anything from Coach Knight’s legacy. Now all of a sudden, they do. Woody is a reflection of the best of the best of those Indiana years.

“He’s a former NBA coach, that gives him NBA pedigree that gives him a cache in recruiting. coaching is going to be a piece of cake, he’s a world-class coach. He’s a world-class teacher.”

Indiana Hoosiers: Will Woodson help them succeed in a packed Big Ten?

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The Indiana Hoosiers may be hinting towards a culture shift with the hiring of Woodson. With his expertise in developing talent and his connections with the NBA, Indiana may be bringing their recruitment further into the modern era. Having Woodson will help the school recruit future NBA prospects.

Mar 11, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights center Myles Johnson (15) defends as Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) drives to the basket against Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard Paul Mulcahy (4) in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

With Woodson’s credentials for developing talents like Kristaps Porzingis in recent years, he could help out a lot at the college level. If they want him to build a team over a few years, he can do that. If they need him to aggressively recruit one-and-done prospects, he can do that as well.

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The Big Ten is a monstrous conference and it won’t be easy to succeed there. But it is never easy to succeed anywhere in the NCAA. But the future of the Hoosiers does look better with Woodson now at the helm.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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