Vonleh cuts list to six, will visit IU in November

As first reported by Dave Telep of ESPN.com and Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com, 2013 five-star forward Noah Vonleh has cut his list of potential destinations to six.

Still under consideration for Vonleh are Connecticut, Georgetown, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Vonleh’s high school coach at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire, Pete Hutchins, confirmed the list of six with Inside the Hall in a text message.

Vonleh will visit Bloomington the weekend of Nov. 9-11, which is the same weekend the Hoosiers will host Kennedy Meeks. The Hoosiers open the regular season on Nov. 9 at Assembly Hall against Bryant.

Shortly after his decision to reclassify from 2014 to his original class of 2013 in September, Hutchins said Indiana was doing the most thorough job of recruiting Vonleh.

“Indiana has probably done the most thorough job of recruiting him thus far since they started recruited him when Kenny Johnson took the job,” Hutchins said.

Vonleh is the No. 7 prospect nationally in 2013, according to ESPN.com.

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  • MitchellBMitch

    We gotta lock this kid up. Having him on board in 2013 would ensure a very small drop-off from this years team to next. I really hope we land him and I believe the Vonleh family will buy what CTC is selling. Go Hoosiers…

  • MitchellBMitch

    We gotta lock this kid up. Having him on board in 2013 would ensure a very small drop-off from this years team to next. I really hope we land him and I believe the Vonleh family will buy what CTC is selling. Go Hoosiers…

  • So_Cal_Hoosier

    This kid has so much talent. I put him in the same group as Gary Harris in regards to if he wants to commit, then we make space for him.

  • twarrior87

    Wish we could get him in during a more exciting game than Bryant… Also not sure how this is going to work out with scholarship numbers. We’re already full and I know we still want Anya or Meeks; Vonleh is a guy we obviously want, but what if Anya commits after Hoosier Hysteria? Do we still recruit Vonleh and Meeks? I’m sure CTC has it under control, but its baffling to me.

  • HoosierTrav

    Personally, I believe we have some tough competition in NC State for Anya. Its also his last visit. Anya is no doubt a superb talent and would provide stability down low for a few years. Vonleh on the other hand, is a program changer. hes a freshman that puts you into title contention in his first year. He’s also rumored to have a strong head on his shoulders. A Zeller type with more advanced skills than Zeller at the same point in careers. I agree with So_Cal. Make room for this kid.

  • HoosierTrav

    Personally, I believe we have some tough competition in NC State for Anya. Its also his last visit. Anya is no doubt a superb talent and would provide stability down low for a few years. Vonleh on the other hand, is a program changer. hes a freshman that puts you into title contention in his first year. He’s also rumored to have a strong head on his shoulders. A Zeller type with more advanced skills than Zeller at the same point in careers. I agree with So_Cal. Make room for this kid.

  • nate91

    Imagine a frontcourt of Vonleh, Anya, Jurkin, Fischer, and Parea…No way to stop that

  • twarrior87

    I’ve got to think we have the inside track on Anya with Stan, Kenny, Victor, and Mo… I agree you don’t turn Vonleh away, but I guess that’s my question. How do we make room? We can’t take away someone else’s scholarship. What options do you think we have in the situation of landing both Anya and Vonleh?

  • HoosierTrav

    Oh and I also believe that Meeks is a UNC lean. Grew up rooting for them and they are making him a priority. Lets just hope Vonleh is tuned into ESPN on Nov 27th and we destroy the Tar Heels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.chenoweth Geoff Chenoweth

    More like 5 teams, why would he even consider UCONN at this point? That program is going into the cellar along with the Big East.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d agree with us having the inside track. If we actually do land both I would see some kids transferring. Kids that came to IU thinking they were going to get minutes, when finding out the contrary, will decommit/transfer. It sounds bad but these are the things that happen. I only foresee these types of problems for a little while. I dont see us offering so many so early as we had to before.

  • HoosierTrav

    I’d agree with us having the inside track. If we actually do land both I would see some kids transferring. Kids that came to IU thinking they were going to get minutes, when finding out the contrary, will decommit/transfer. It sounds bad but these are the things that happen. I only foresee these types of problems for a little while. I dont see us offering so many so early as we had to before.

  • HoosierTrav

    Kevin Ollie is the ONLY reason most likely. He’s gonna be a good one.

  • Derbus

    It’s Perea. Do not see a need for Anya, if we get Vonleh. I prefer troy Williams & Vonleh. Imho

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    Agreed. If we land 2 of these studs, another option would be a prep school year for someone (CH and/or DD). They wouldn’t play much anyway in year one. I’d hate for us to continue to be “Gary Harrised” because of lack of schollys.

  • http://twitter.com/DrewLyon21 Drew Lyon

    Noah, please do what all the other smart recruits are doing these days: signing with IU. I really hope we get this guy. I know if I were Crean, this guy would be my top priority to round out the 2013 class, him or Troy Williams. Both studs. That being said, Crean knows better than I, so whether he is the top target for him or not, it’s good to see us making the top 6!

  • http://twitter.com/DrewLyon21 Drew Lyon

    The same reason he’d choose IU 3 years ago. Because UCONN will be back.

  • MattMan

    I’m so sick of our scholly situation. It appears to me that Coach Crean does not have it under control. The Ron deal was a bit sketchy IMHO. I really think we are losing out on some guys because of our scholarship situation. I don’t get some of our moves sometimes.

  • IUCubFan

    Not exciting! It’s the first game of the year. There will be 17000 excited and loud fans there ready to start our run for banner #6. Great time for Vonleh and Meeks to come.

  • twarrior87

    Yes, I know it will be packed and fans will be excited for the first game. However, I’m sure the recruits that were at the UK game last year were more excited to see that game than they would IU beating Bryant by 50 points. Problem is we don’t have any OOC games of that caliber at AH this year to bring the recruits to. UNC is the closest one.

  • twarrior87

    Yes, I know it will be packed and fans will be excited for the first game. However, I’m sure the recruits that were at the UK game last year were more excited to see that game than they would IU beating Bryant by 50 points. Problem is we don’t have any OOC games of that caliber at AH this year to bring the recruits to. UNC is the closest one.

  • twarrior87

    And based on HoosierTrav’s comment below looks like we should have tried to schedule Meeks to come in and see UNC get rolled by the Hoosiers!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    THANK YOU

  • Evansville Hoosier

    that is my exact thought process. I’m not that sold on Anya and ad if us not taking him means we have room for Williams, I’d rather take Williams. SO explosive, WAY better than his 32nd rank or wherever he is in the 30’s

  • cdog

    Indiana Freshman All-Americans
    2011-12 Cody Zeller
    2012-13 Yogi Ferrell
    2013-14 Noah Vonleh
    2014-15 Jaquan Lyle
    I am smelling a trend here. Noah is the clear #1 of the four guys we are recruiting as far as pure talent goes. Nothing against the other guys, but none of them are NBA locks like Vonleh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.chenoweth Geoff Chenoweth

    Vonleh is a one and done player, not someone like Hulls or Watford that can see a program make dramatic leaps over their four years. Why would a player of his caliber bother going to a team that can’t even play in the Big Dance when every top 10 team is dying to get him.

    I think Ollie can do well and possibly turn that program around, but UCONN is hitting the reset button. Cody said IU wasn’t a possibility for his brothers because of the state of IU at the time. No different for Vonleh at this time. I can’t see any scenario where Vonleh ends up at UCONN

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.chenoweth Geoff Chenoweth

    Vonleh is a one and done player, not someone like Hulls or Watford that can see a program make dramatic leaps over their four years. Why would a player of his caliber bother going to a team that can’t even play in the Big Dance when every top 10 team is dying to get him.

    I think Ollie can do well and possibly turn that program around, but UCONN is hitting the reset button. Cody said IU wasn’t a possibility for his brothers because of the state of IU at the time. No different for Vonleh at this time. I can’t see any scenario where Vonleh ends up at UCONN

  • HoosierTrav

    I agree! I dont think he will end up at UCONN. You asked why he would even consider them. I was just saying that Kevin Ollie has to be the “ONLY” reason he’s even considering the Huskies. Honestly I think it boils down to IU, OSU, and UNC. Lets get him on board.

  • HoosierTrav

    I agree. I dont want to keep thinking of what/who we could have landed.

  • Bob

    I remember the day IU wouldn’t have been in his top…50…!!

  • SCHoosier

    the schollie numbers crunch has to enter into here somewhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/c1int3astw00d Adam Bouslog

    wait till he hears assembly hall! i think that will lock him in! especially with this years student section and all of the anticipation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/c1int3astw00d Adam Bouslog

    it wont be an exciting game but with the anticipation this year there will be an amazing student section and the hall will be loud!

  • marcusgresham

    BJ’s a bruiser—totally different player from those other guys

  • Hoosier_DC

    Speaking of that, where did the scholarship page go? Is that just a premium option now?

  • Hoosier_DC

    Speaking of that, where did the scholarship page go? Is that just a premium option now?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    not according to ole nerlo_rangel if you know him from the ESPN boards… according to him he is a cuse LOCK

  • marcusgresham

    If it were all that sketchy he’d be at another college this year and not a prep school.

  • HoosierPat

    He can’t just recruit enough kids to fill the team. He needs to leave room for transfers, early departure, ect. Also, the way scholorships are offered now, he needs to offer them early which he has been doing. It just so happened this season they had one too many guys on scholorahip. Think of it as a good problem.

  • HoosierTrav

    That guy thinks that every recruit considering Syracuse is a “lock” to come there. Talk about a program with delusions of grandeur, in terms of their tradition. lol. ESPN’s site is a complete joke. If they had any integrity at all (JOKE) they would monitor the people who comment on their forums. I’ve seen some of the most disrespectful, racist, idiotic, and just plain evil stuff being said. Its to the point where i can’t read the comments section anymore, especially when IU headlines the article. I think IU has a very good chance at landing Vonleh. Our system will suit him best, he seems interested in academics and values family. Sounds like a Hoosier to me.

  • CreanFaithful

    UNC?

  • HoosierTrav

    Like I’ve said before, Dont expect these problems for too much longer. CTC was put in a unique situation where we were transitioning from irrelevancy to very top of the food chain. You will have some scholly situations. CTC was looking out for the best interest of the program. How do you think it would have turned out if he would have only offered to 5 stars in 2010? Then when these kids decide they dont want to commit to a team that hasnt done anything since they can remember. We’d be back at square one, he would put his job at risk, and we would be set back even further. Nobody else wanted to take this job bc they knew they would face the same road CTC was faced with. Thankfully he took the job. Saying he’s doing anything less than spectacular is an injustice. This man is ELITE in all facets. He now has the tools to put this program into warp speed. Let him do his job and lets do ours….. which is support him and the team NO MATTER WHAT! If Kentucky fans can give unwavering support to their doucheball of a coach, we can certainly do the same. Dont you think? Make sure you thank CTC at HH for all he’s done for our beloved Hoosiers. I sure will.

  • SU in Hershey

    As a ‘cuse fan, let me say that Nerlo is a joke even on our boards! I would love to see a talent like Vonleh at SU but I think he is going to use the time he has to make the best decision for him. He would “fit” in any of the schools listed. Just glad to see that Calipari U. is actually NOT on the list for once! Best of luck to I.U. And Coach Crean…what a turn around for your program and it is great to see from a College Basketball Fan’s perspective. Class act!

  • marcusgresham

    “Just glad to see that Calipari U. is actually NOT on the list for once!”
    I like you, SU!

  • IUMIKE1

    What a refreshing change from a slimy blue pUKe fan trolling this board with nothing but BS to spew. Fans of other teams are always welcome hear as long as they want to have an “intelligent” discussion like you have done. Well I guess the Mr. Obvious thing in this is those parameters leave pretty much all pUKe fans out of the loop. Thanks and feel free to return again.

  • twarrior87

    @CreanFaithful:disqus

    Not sure what your question is… yes, UNC comes to AH on 11/27

  • indigodoc

    I can’t even fathom how anyone could criticize coach for the job he’s done bringing back IU basketball. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!

  • weezie

    Thanks a lot for recognizing good programs and integrity. Luck to ‘cuse!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    And Zeller

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I agree with the Cal U remark. It is amazing (not really) what Cal the Pal has done while not having a drivers license. Good luck to Cuse this season and if we meet in the tourney it will be a good one.

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