The label of “coach’s son” can be a difficult one to shake because of the complex relationship that it can foster on and off the playing field.
Luckily for Riley Crean, his skills are on the baseball diamond instead of the hardwood and he plans to stay close to the family in Athens.
Crean will play for the Georgia baseball team next season, according to a report from Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.
It’s been a roller coaster process for the younger Crean, who initially committed to play baseball at Indiana in November 2016 to join the team in the fall of 2017. Once the school fired his father, he decided to play a postgraduate year at IMG Academy in Florida.
While the Chicago White Sox selected him in the 35th round of the MLB Draft as a pitcher, it appears he’ll forego that option given his commitment to the Bulldogs.
The Chicago Tribune, and Georgia’s new basketball coach, offered a small scouting report on his son.
Riley is 6-foot-3 with a plus curveball and a fastball that can reach 86 to 90 mph.
“He has to get his fastball up, and he will,” said Tom, whose new family home base will be Sarasota, Fla. “What’s great about him is that even though there was a sense of accomplishment (in getting drafted), there was never any sense of taking a breath. He has such a level of determination.”
Crean reportedly batted .325 with 10 doubles and 19 RBIs for Bloomington North High School as a senior. He also recorded a 2.21 ERA.
It also appears the elder Crean is well aware of the difficulties carrying the same last name as the basketball coach will carry.
“What I try to do as a coach is look at it with both hats,” Crean told the Banner-Herald. “I look it as his Dad and I try to look at it as a coach. I’ve been in situations where people can’t see both. You’ve got to be able to see both.”