Vonleh’s coach talks about decision to reclassify

Indiana’s pursuit of Noah Vonleh began in the spring shortly after the hiring of new assistant coach Kenny Johnson.

In that short time, the Hoosiers have quickly prioritized the five-star forward, who is now a member of the class of 2013.

“Indiana has probably done the most thorough job of recruiting him thus far since they started recruited him when Kenny Johnson took the job,” Vonleh’s high school coach at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire, Pete Hutchins, told Inside the Hall on Monday afternoon.

Vonleh, who turned 17 in August, will be eligible to take official visits after he receives the results of his SAT, which he will take on Oct. 6.

Academics are a strong suit for Vonleh, making it easy for him to slide into the 2013 class.

“He’s a good student. There were minimal changes that needed to be made to his course load,” Hutchins said. “We just kind of made an easy decision in that he’s certainly talented enough. I think academically, it just made it that much easier to make that decision.”

Multiple reports this afternoon pointed to IU, North Carolina, Ohio State, Boston College and Kansas as some of the schools in the best shape to land Vonleh, but his coach said he’s yet to begin narrowing down his list.

“It’s not really fair to list,” Hutchins said. “There’s a long list of schools interested in Noah and he has yet to narrow that list down in part because he just reclassified and I don’t think he has a firm grasp of which schools are going to want to pursue him and what those rosters look like.”

In a statement released by the New Hampton School, Vonleh said Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio State are recruiting him the hardest and also talked about his decision to move to 2013.

“When I left Haverhill High after my sophomore year, I wasn’t sure how my game would develop and how much I would mature physically and emotionally,” he said. “I thought going to 2014 would be the best thing for me as I went off to boarding school and enrolled at New Hampton. My mom and I have continually tracked my progress. This summer we looked at things from an NCAA eligibility status, and it was easy. With one change to my schedule, an English class, I am able to graduate with the class of 2013.

“I’m ready academically. I’m more mature now in so many ways. I’m a different person and player. From a basketball standpoint, I’m working harder than I ever have. I’ve come a long way physically and emotionally since I arrived at New Hampton. After this year, I will be ready to really contribute to a top program next year. I’m in the gym every day, working really hard now to be ready.”

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  • N71

    I can’t tell if this is a good or bad thing. His being high on IU of course is good but the shift from 2014 to 2013 has me confused. He would have been a key figure in the 2014 class so I imaging Cliff Alexander suddenly becomes very important for 2014 now. Noah is a one-and-done level talent so we’d have him for a maximum of 2 years like Cody. I can’t help but think this creates a traffic jam now for our 2013 guys which I was hoping Ron Patterson would also join. We have 4 top flight guys in BeeJay, Troy, Kennedy, and Noah now on the dance floor. To even land one would be great but 2 or 3…wow.

  • b_side

    Not to be a total downer, but from what I’ve read the ship has sailed on Ron. He is looking elsewhere and we are not actively recruiting him.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    He is awesome. I love how he likes to run. he actually has good handles in transition for a big man.

  • Andrew

    Didn’t realize Cody already announced he was leaving after this season.

  • N71

    Say it ain’t so b_side, the Buss is one of my favorites. I know he’s looking at other schools but to say IU is out, where are you getting that?

  • TJ91

    What are the chances we potentially bring in 2 more for the class of ’13?

  • inLinE6

    Do you have a link? Not a surprise but wondering when he officially announced that?

  • SCHoosier

    This kid is probably believing he’s a “one and doner”…so….??!! IU is already tight for 2013. Gonna be a rush to find room….guess that’s why Crean gets paid the big bucks.

  • Pritch24

    Any way we can transfer over some scholarships from the football team? We’ll just take a couple and bring in 20 or so guys next year. This is like picking the dream team, no matter who we take, an Isiah Thomas is still gonna be out there that would like to go to IU, but can’t.

  • Knuckledrager

    Depends on whether your looking forward of backwards, or is the glass half full, or half empty?

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Vonleh would be a great late get. I could see Crean still taking Anya or Meeks too and/or Troy Williams but probably not both he and Noah. They wouldnt want to come in together either. Think you could easily see Anya and Troy commit during HH and take the decision away. Especially now that theres even one more fish in the pond.
    Still not sure where I see Austin and Collin fitting long term but we will see how it shakes out. We’ve got a nice base of 3-4 year players so we can stand to add some studs and its obvious Indiana isnt going to have a talent gap anytime in the next 5 years. Thank you Eron and Hyron and Jarred and De’ron!

  • http://twitter.com/IUMitchell Deon M

    After 4 years still haven’t passed CTC 101. This week lesson the value of 13 scholarships. Quote from the instructor ” It’s Indiana “

  • IUCubFan

    Imo, I don’t see Cody leaving until IU has a banner and/or, he has a degree. He says he will have his degree in two and a half years. Wouldn’t be surprised if he stays through his junior year.

  • N71

    While I’m not Cody being the #1 draft pick is worth roughly $200 million in salary alone (4 year guaranteed contract). Then you factor in how handsome and funny he is, the endorsement deals will be huge. Banners and degrees are great but he can finish school rather easily if he leaves after this year with the resources that kind of money brings. The banner thing who knows, we’re #1 this year, we are the odds on favorite but we all know how difficult it is to win it all. If it were me, boy, I’d be off to the NBA after this year, wouldn’t you? A degree will come either way to Cody, he’s also very bright so those 2 things are already in the bank. The $200 million is not yet certain so it gets down to risk mitigation and leaving after this year, assuming he’ll be the #1 pick, is the only choice. To be more specific, if he stayed, got some type of injury, and fell to the 20th pick the following year, that would cost him over $100 million in guaranteed income. Really, what would you do?

  • marcusgresham

    Buss seems like way to nice a kid for X

  • IUCubFan

    Completely agree! It just seems like his family is a little more unique in decision making. Their dad talked Tyler into staying for is senior year, when he could have been a lottery pick after his junior year. I would understand either decision Cody makes seven months from now.

  • jasonwehlage

    $200 million calculation is waaaaayyyy over inflated. The second contract is where you make your $’s in the NBA, regardless if you were drafted 1st or 60th. Kevin Garnett played for 15+ seasons and didn’t earn near $200 million

  • N71

    Whoops…need to remove a zero…$20 million. That’s still more than an entry level marketing position pays.

  • Devout Hoosier

    John Wall & Kyri Irving (#1 draft picks in 2010 & 2011 respectively) hit the two year salary cap of 5.5 million per year.

  • IHATEUK

    It would have been nice if I could have reclassed to ’94.

  • jessica oxendine

    Come to UNC. I hope we get Noah and Randle.

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