Hulls, Capobianco Lend a Helping Hand

Christian Watford

Bloomington – Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco are already IU-bound, but they're still doing their part to help make an already good '09 class even better. On Saturday, that meant taking the opportunity to talk with top IU target Christian Watford...

Bloomington – Jordan Hulls and Bobby Capobianco are already IU-bound, but they're still doing their part to help make an already good '09 class even better.

The two Indiana Elite AAU teammates were at Assembly Hall Saturday, joining approximately 90 others preps at IU's second Elite Camp of the summer. While both welcomed the opportunity to see Isiah Thomas and to workout for their future college coaches, they also seized the opportunity to talk to prospective future teammates as well.

Most notable was Birmingham, Ala., forward Christian Watford, who was in town with his entire family for the camp and to make an unofficial visit. Hulls was teammates with Watford during the afternoon scrimmages and their team went 5-0. Capobianco, meanwhile, visited with shortly after he arrived at Assembly Hall.

"Me and Christian have been friends for about a year, and ever since I met him and I knew he was looking at IU I've been telling him how good he looks in red and white," Capobianco said.

The two big men got acquainted about a year ago through Stephan Van Treese. Capobianco was Van Treese's AAU teammate, while Watford and Van Treese got to know each other at the adidas Nation Camp at Seton Hall University. Capobianco said the three would get together on a regular basis during the various spring and summer AAU events, and he's also gotten to know Watford's father, Ernest, as well.

Hulls, meanwhile, had a chance to both talk and play with Watford Saturday afternoon, and he came away impressed with the Hoosiers' top remaining target for the '09 class.

"He's so versatile, he creates a big mismatch for the other team," Hulls said about Watford. "He can shoot, he can drive, he can post up, he can do it all. He's so long and athletic. He's just a really good player."

While the focus was basketball, Hulls said he did talk to Watford a little bit about the Hoosiers and the possibility of joining the Hoosiers' '09 class. Watford wound up leaving the Bloomington campus without committing, but his father said they'd be back for an official visit, most likely in September.

"I threw in my two cents, but I don't try to force him one way or the other," Hulls said. "I just gave him my thoughts about Indiana and what a great opportunity there is for him here."

That's a similar approach to the one used by Capobianco. The Loveland, Ohio, power forward didn't play alongside Watford this weekend, but he did seek him out as soon as he arrived in town and wound up finding him up in the IU basketball offices talking with Isiah Thomas.

"As a recruiter, the guys I know and like, I certainly try to play that role (of recruiter)," Capobianco said. "And I like Christian."

While Hulls and Capobianco are trying to do their part to get another top-flight player to join them in Bloomington in 2009, they also know that Watford's decision will ultimately come down to how he feels about Crean, the program and the university. That's good news according to Capobianco, who said there aren't any problems out there that have any more to offer than IU.

"Really, I don't have to do much of the selling," Capobianco said. "No one has to sell Indiana. It's Indiana."

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