Loveland Junior Capobianco Commits To Indiana University

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Bobby Capobianco didn’t plan to make his college commitment this soon in the spring, but he’s glad he took the opportunity. The
Loveland junior power forward made an oral commitment to play
basketball at Indiana University and new coach Tom Crean Wednesday
night. “I couldn’t find a better situation,” Capobianco said.


Bobby Capobianco didn’t plan to make his college commitment this soon in the spring, but he’s glad he took the opportunity.

The Loveland junior power forward made an oral commitment to play basketball at Indiana University and new coach Tom Crean Wednesday night.

“I couldn’t find a better situation,” Capobianco said.

That’s certainly true for one of the state’s top players in the 2009 class. Capobianco, who is 6 feet 8 inches and 230 pounds, had several offers, but his first was from Crean at Marquette.

He told me that he sees me as an undersized power forward or an oversized wing,” Capobianco said. “I have the ability to defend someone bigger than me. I set up a good mismatch either way.”

Loveland coach Tim Partin said he was glad Capobianco could reconnect with Crean at Indiana after the recent coaching change at Marquette.

Capobianco reportedly also had offers from the likes of West Virginia, Saint Louis and Iowa among others.

“Coach Crean is really personable,” Partin said. “He is really upbeat and that really appealed to Bobby.”

Capobianco averaged nearly 21 points and 12 rebounds last season as a junior for Loveland. He was honorable mention all-state and a first-team all-Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division selection.

Capobianco, who said he would like to major in business or communcations at IU, has been all-league all throughout his high school career.

“He’s a big kid who can step out and shoot the basketball,” Partin said. “He is a good passer and understands the game. Bobby knows how to play.”

Loveland was 13-9 overall and 7-3 in the league last season. The Tigers lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier 49-42 in their second playoff game Feb. 24.

However, the Tigers return three starters next winter and six of the top nine players, according to Partin. That depth will certainly help the team.

Since the college commitment is out of the way, Capobianco said he is relieved to focus simply on basketball and his AAU schedule.

“Now it’s the fun stuff,” he said. “I have time to work on my game.”

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