**Crean can probably turn things around at Indiana, which was beset by recruiting violations under former coach Kelvin Sampson, but he may have to do it without Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis, who were kicked off the team by interim head coach Dan Dakich for missing team meetings and failing to accept the disciplinary action.When asked if Bassett and Ellis would be a part of next year’s team Crean said, according to the Big Ten Network, “I’ve paid attention, I’ve read, I’ve listened but I don’t have an answer to that right now.”
**Crean will also have to address his recruiting situation. The Hoosiers have four commitments for the 2008-2009 season, but Devin Ebanks and Terrell Holloway have been released from their Letters of Intent.
**The 6-9 Ebanks told Gerry Hamilton of Orangebloods.com that he plans to visit four schools, including Rutgers, which now has two scholarships to use because Ebanks’ former teammate at St.Thomas More, Justin Sofman, says he will transfer.
“I’m going to visit West Virginia, Texas, Rutgers and Memphis,” Ebanks said. “I’m going to take a visit next weekend to West Virginia. After that, I’ll visit Texas, Rutgers and Memphis. They’ll all be weekend visits, but I don’t have the dates. I’m planning to decide the last week of the spring signing period (in May).”Ebanks was visited Tuesday at St. Thomas Moore by Texas head coach Rick Barnes and assistant Ken McDonald and came away impressed by Barnes. “Right now, Texas is very high on my list. I just watched them during the season and saw what they did during the NCAA Tournament and was impressed. Coach Barnes and Coach McDonald came by to see me yesterday. We just talked basketball, school and life in general. Coach Barnes is a really down to earth person. I got to know him real well,” Ebanks told Hamilton.
**Meanwhile, back at Marquette, the Golden Eagles are looking for a coach to replace Crean.“We have a great university,” forward Lazar Hayward told The Associated Press. “and I have no worries as to the decision that they’re going to make and I trust them with all my heart.” Potential replacements for Crean include Washington State coach Tony Bennett, who has strong ties to the state because of his father, former Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett. Other names of interest could include UNLV’s Lon Kruger, Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings, Xavier’s Sean Miller, Butler’s Brad Stevens and Wright State’s Brad Brownell. **As far as Marquette’s recruits, we broke the news here last night that St. Anthony standout Tyshawn Taylor, a first-team All-STate selection, will seek a release from his National LEtter of Intent.