Tipton native and former IU basketball player returns to program as Director of Player Development

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (October 5, 2015) – Tipton native and former Indiana University basketball player Derek Elston is returning to the program as the new Director of Player Development.

IU basketball coach Tom Crean made the announcement on Monday.

Crean says the duties in his new role include player mentoring and life skills programing, administrative operations, and involvement in the program’s support services.

“Derek Elston has been a major part of everything here from walking in when it was at the bottom and helping the program become a champion again,” said Crean.  “From the day he left Indiana with two degrees, he’s gone out of his way to sustain a level of connectivity to the program by investing his own energy in the program. He is close enough in age to really know what our players deal with and how much improvement is needed on a daily basis. “

Elston played four years for the Hoosiers and was a member of the 2013 Big Ten Championship squad and 2012 Sweet Sixteen team.

Following his time at IU, Elston played two seasons professionally overseas. Last year, he played for Illiabum in Portugal.  In addition, he played 10 games in the United Kingdom for the Plymouth University Raiders.

“It is an honor to be back with the Indiana basketball program and to have the opportunity to work with Coach Crean,” said Elston. “I’m excited to be able to help out the program that gave me so much.  I cannot thank Coach enough for this opportunity.”