Tom Crean and John Thompson III Join ESPN’s College Basketball Roster

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Tom Crean and John Thompson III Join ESPN’s College Basketball Roster

  • Jimmy Dykes Returns, Joins SEC Network Studio Coverage
  • Former College Standouts Caron Butler and Robbie Hummel to Serve as Game Analysts

ESPN has signed several notable figures in college basketball to serve as analysts for the upcoming season. Former coaches Tom Crean, John Thompson III and Jimmy Dykes, and former college standouts Caron Butler (UConn) and Robbie Hummel (Purdue) will be added to ESPN’s robust lineup of commentators.

“Our roster is distinguished by a range of history, experience and personality that sets our product apart,” said David Ceisler, ESPN coordinating producer. “We are so excited to add these new voices to our college basketball coverage.”

More on the new analysts:

  • Crean, a former head coach at Indiana and Marquette, brings more than 15 years of coaching experience and perspective to ESPN, contributing as a studio analyst on ESPN and ESPN2 throughout the season. He will also serve as a game analyst on a number of games. Prior to his coaching stint at Indiana, Crean spent nine years coaching at Marquette and led them the team to the Final Four in 2003.
  • Thompson III will work as a game analyst on a number of men’s college basketball matchups across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. The former BIG EAST Coach of the Year (2013) coached at Georgetown for more than 10 years, garnering three conference regular season championships and leading the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. He was recently named an assistant coach for the USA World Cup qualifying team alongside fellow ESPN colleague Jeff Van Gundy, who will serve as head coach
  • Dykes returns to ESPN after spending three years as the women’s head basketball coach at Arkansas. He will have a recurring role in studio on SEC Network during the season, with additional appearances on ESPN platforms.
  • Butler has appeared on several ESPN platforms, contributing to NBA Draft coverage and The Jump. The former UConn star, who was a co-BIG EAST Player of the Year (2002), joins ESPN’s college basketball coverage as a game analyst. He was a first round draft pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, and went on to play in the NBA for 13 years.
  • Hummel joins ESPN after recently retiring from professional basketball, both in the NBA and overseas. As one of the school’s top rebounders, the former Purdue standout collected several accolades during his college career, including first-team All-Big Ten in 2008, 2010 and 2012, and Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2008. He will serve primarily as a game analyst.

This year’s game and studio teams for college basketball will be announced in the coming weeks.


Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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