How awful was Kelvin Sampson for Indiana (beyond, of course, destroying the program)? So awful he had no interest in the hometown Mr. Basketball.
The Big Ten university in his hometown was the last place he thought he’d play.
That’s because Kelvin Sampson, IU’s former coach, had no interest in recruiting him. Holmes says Sampson dismissed him as potentially “a great NAIA player.” When the recruiting calls came in — from Purdue, Stanford, even mighty Duke — Jordan heard nothing from his hometown Hoosiers.
That changed in April 2008 when Tom Crean took over at IU. Instantly, Hulls became a top priority — a tough, sharp-shooting point guard Crean envisioned steering the Hoosiers out of the rubble left by Sampson.
On Hulls’ official visit, Crean won over Hulls by offering him a challenge he couldn’t turn down.
“I want you to help bring Indiana basketball back,” Crean told him.
Kelvin Sampson is an ass.