Noah Vonleh joins Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class

Just over 24 hours after arriving in Bloomington for his official visit, 2013 New Hampton Prep (NH) forward Noah Vonleh decided he’d seen enough to make a decision.

So Vonleh, who made his first official visit with his mother, committed to the Hoosiers on Saturday night. His high school coach, Pete Hutchins, confirmed the news to Inside the Hall late Saturday night in a text message.

He’s the sixth verbal commitment in the 2013 class for the Hoosiers and the No. 8 prospect nationally according to ESPN.com.

Vonleh had also been considering Connecticut, Georgetown, North Carolina, Ohio State and Syracuse after deciding to reclassify on Sept. 24.

The 6-foot-8 forward attended IU’s season opening win over Bryant on Friday night and drew chants of “We want Noah,” from a soldout Assembly Hall crowd.

The five-star forward told ESPN.com that the intensity of IU’s pursuit was a major factor in his decision.

“From day one, Indiana has been recruiting me the hardest,” Vonleh told Adam Finkelstein of ESPN.com. “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.

“They said next year I could come in and be one of the main guys,” he added. “They’re going to lose Christian Watford, and probably [Cody] Zeller, so they want me to come in and be a big piece right away.”

Vonleh joins Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson, Luke Fischer, Collin Hartman and Devin Davis in IU’s 2013 class.

Inside the Hall will have more on this developing story.

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  • IU diehard from CT

    vic will not be NBA ready next year. he is a great defender and amazing athlete, but in order to get into the NBA as a combo guard, he needs to get better shooting the basketball. he simply will not jump his senior year and be a first or second round pick. i see him as a Tony Allen type. I love vic as much as anyone, and by no means am i trashing him or trying to speak in a negative way. i have read a bunch of posts about future starting lineups, and they are all missing vic. because IU is so stacked, and deep, he simply will not play enough minutes to showcase all his skills. VIC, YOGI, WILL, VONLEH, ZELLER……2013 starting 5. Zeller is staying until they hoist #6. he has set goals, and will stop at nothing to achieve them. his competitive fire is going severely underrated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6818713 Jim Davis

    I wonder if we can keep all these guys ‘happy’ and on the team next year. I think that if VO doesn’t leave early that either Hollowell or Perea may move on to somewhere they can play alot. Hollowell came here to be the starter replacing Watford, but that isn’t happening now with Noah coming in, and with Williams and Sheehy being at the 3 next year. I’m afraid that maybe where the scholly’s free up for DD and CH…. Hope I’m wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6818713 Jim Davis

    I wonder if we can keep all these guys ‘happy’ and on the team next year. I think that if VO doesn’t leave early that either Hollowell or Perea may move on to somewhere they can play alot. Hollowell came here to be the starter replacing Watford, but that isn’t happening now with Noah coming in, and with Williams and Sheehy being at the 3 next year. I’m afraid that maybe where the scholly’s free up for DD and CH…. Hope I’m wrong.

  • IU diehard from CT

    LOVE Vonleh..the kid can play. what impresses me the most about his game is his handle. when a kid that big can handle the basketball, that tells me he is fundamentally sound. he has all his ducks in a row, and what you see in highlights are dunks and shots. granted, they are all nice, but the part in his highlight video that stood out to me was his ability to read a situation as a screener was coming over, and he crossed his man over into the screen and pulled up for a 15 footer at the elbow. thats what got me all worked up

  • IU diehard from CT

    Vic isnt going anywhere. Zeller is going to stay until they raise #6, or potentially stay all four years. crean will have his best talent sign right away, and the other players will be given options to leave or walk on….plain and simple. the players understand. they havent even played their senior years yet, and have time to make decisions.

  • Guest

    funny but not a very novel idea. red hot chili pepper’s bassist flea came up with the idea several days ago. i.e. his “free shabazz” t-shirt.

  • Bob827

    I thought that was the case but wasn’t sure…Thanks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    I was making a reference to his high release. It kind of struck me as similar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    red shirt counts as a scholly…that player just does not lose a year of eligibility.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    red shirt counts as a scholly…that player just does not lose a year of eligibility.

  • MillaRed

    We are all in agreement. I am a meanie of incredible proportions. Just weeks ago I killed a spider. And didn’t even think twice about it.

    Watching these KY kids, they are not Kidd-Gilchrist and Unibrow. Not even close. Last years team was special. I’m just glad they got to know the kids so well, they all graduated with flying colors, and will forever be Wildcats through and through. Wait, what?

  • MillaRed

    My wife just laughed hysterically at this post and said I wasn’t absolved of anything. Thanks for trying though Mike.

  • MillaRed

    Kenny is obviously a master diplomat. In this day and age it is a requirement to roll with the big dogs. Mark me down as a KJ fan all day long.

  • MillaRed

    Jerry has made an appearance recently. Check the ND State article. I emailed him the other day and he is indeed still kicking.

  • MillaRed

    Jerry has made an appearance recently. Check the ND State article. I emailed him the other day and he is indeed still kicking.

  • DannerPerea

    But Free Shabazz isn’t quite the same as “FREE PETER” (yes, mentally, i’m the equivalent of a 5th grader). Your sense of humor isn’t as juvenile as mine. Some people here get it.

  • IUMIKE1

    Oh well, I tried, us guys gotta stick together.

  • IUMIKE1

    Looks like it’s a club of at least two then. I don’t know what the overall coaching job market was when he was available, he may have had all kinds of offers, but I’m thinking that this may kinda be the, filling a open coaching position version of finding the player that is a diamond in the rough.

  • IUMIKE1

    I get what you are saying and while I don’t know if every one that you listed will make the jump, that is how things are set up to work there, and the premise that you lay out is, in my opinion correct.

  • IUMIKE1

    I get what you are saying and while I don’t know if every one that you listed will make the jump, that is how things are set up to work there, and the premise that you lay out is, in my opinion correct.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    my favorite part of watching Noah’s highlight videos is watching him work Nerlens Noel. He knows he’s a good shot blocker, so he makes his move gradually. Noah really impresses me.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I think Cody is gone… YOGI, VIC, WILL, VONLEH, JURKIN

  • marcusgresham

    I have no use for yoga, but I hope women like that never stop wearing the pants.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Your daddy’s right!

  • Geoff_85

    By “we” you certainly don’t mean me.

  • Devout Hoosier

    Stud of a student as well as an athlete and elite baller. Welcome to Indiana basketball Noah. Go Crean!

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