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2013 recruit Noah Vonleh commits to Indiana

Nov 11, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

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Cody Zeller and top-ranked Indiana breezed past Bryant 97-54 on Friday night.

For Tom Crean, that was one of two wins on the weekend, as IU landed a commitment from 2013 forward Noah Vonleh (New Hampton Prep/Haverhill, MA), who was on campus this weekend on an official visit.

The news was broke by ESPN late Saturday night, when Vonleh announced his decision.

“As soon as I walked out near the court they started chanting ‘We want Noah,’” Vonleh told ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein.

Vonleh, who had decided to reclassify to the Class of 2013 in September, picked Indiana over North Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio State, Georgetown, and Syracuse.

The 6-foot-8 Vonleh was Crean’s most sought after recruit and now Vonleh headlines the Indiana recruiting class along with small forward Troy Williams (Oak Hill/Hampton, VA).

The newest commitment for IU just keeps the good times rolling. Zeller, the preseason player of the year, will likely jump to the NBA following this season and Vonleh adds a player that can step in and make an immediate impact in the Hoosier frontcourt.

Vonleh has a unique skill set. He has the size and strength to play inside, but he has also been able to develop more of a small forward game. He has stretched his offensive skills outside the three-point line, consistently knocking down shots. Vonleh can also take his man of the dribble and rebounds at a high level.

“From day one, Indiana has been recruiting me the hardest,” Vonleh told Finkelstein. “They were just letting me know how they could develop me into the player I want to be at the next level. Their academics are good, they’re the No. 1 team in the country, and they’ve got another great class coming in next year.”

Vonleh was a consensus top-10 player and a USA Today preseason All-American . He’s the sixth player to give Crean his verbal commitment.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

  1. gmsalpha - Nov 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Awesome news! Good to hear one if the country’s premiere programs is back!

    Now we need UCLA to get back to form. College basketball is enter when Indiana, UCLA, UNC, Duke, and Kansas are good…and it’s not just the Kentucky show.

  2. imforbigblue - Nov 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Somebody sounds jealous

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      And again…you go into full prick mode. You do realize this isn’t about Kentucky right?
      I mean…wow. Based upon all the posts you make on virtually EVERY IU article you are obviously suffering from a terrible case of IU envy. Either that…or you have ZERO friends.
      Speaking of which…how much do you have to pay your “friends?”

  3. hoosiercolts - Nov 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Hoo, Hoo, Hoo, HOOSIERS!!! This is huge for IU. Welcome to THE basketball state Noah. It’s gonna be fun watching you for a year or two (probably just one, but I’ll take it.).

  4. uknets - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Guess Crean is paying players now.

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