Vonleh selected for 2013 McDonald’s All-American team

021412ueFor the third straight year, Tom Crean will bring a McDonald’s All-American to Bloomington.

Cody Zeller was Crean’s first McDonald’s All-American in 2011 and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell was selected in 2012. The latest Indiana signee to get the prestigious nod is Noah Vonleh.

Vonleh will be on the East roster and is the only Big Ten recruit in the game. The 24-man roster was announced on Thursday evening.

For the third consecutive year, the game will be played at the United Center in Chicago. It will tip-off at 9:30 ET on ESPN.

“As talented and as skilled as he is, that upside, it’s hard to imagine it,” Crean said of Vonleh in December. “He’s incredibly unselfish. They can give him the ball at the top of the key in a 1-4 set, and he’ll deliver the ball. He’s like Cody in that he doesn’t look for his offense nearly enough. He’s another one of those young guys we have here who is untapped in the sense that they have no idea how good they can be.”

Vonleh, who attends New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire, is the 27th McDonald’s All-American to sign with Indiana.

He will also participate in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

A complete list of McDonald’s All-Americans to attend Indiana is available after the jump.

MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICANS TO ATTEND INDIANA

Tom Baker – 1977
Ray Tolbert – 1977
Landon Turner – 1978
Isiah Thomas – 1979
John Flowers – 1981
Daryl Thomas – 1983
Delray Brooks – 1984
Ricky Calloway – 1985
Jay Edwards – 1987
Eric Anderson – 1988
Greg Graham – 1989
Pat Graham – 1989
Damon Bailey – 1990
Alan Henderson – 1991
Sherron Wilkerson – 1993
Andrae Patterson – 1994
Neil Reed – 1994
Jason Collier – 1996
Luke Recker – 1997
Dane Fife – 1998
Jared Jeffries – 2000
Bracey Wright – 2002
D.J. White – 2004
Eric Gordon – 2007
Cody Zeller – 2011
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell – 2012
Noah Vonleh – 2013

  • LiveIUBBall

    Hope to keep this consecutive year thing going for a long long time…

  • hoosierodi

    I like the one McDonald’s AA a year thing. Get one or two instant impact players mixed in with solid multi year players. I like Creans recruiting strategy. Seems to be working for us. I see Troy as a 6’7 Victor. Just needs to be the worker Victor has been. I think the only thing keeping Troy from being an AA is his jump shot. Same thing for vic that kept him off the Draft boards. Can’t wait for the next couple years. DYNASTY TIME

  • dtfreed

    Steve Alford not on the list and Neil Reed is?

  • yimyames

    “Untapped”, get to it Adidas we need some shirts! Lovin’ it!

  • Dub town hoosier

    Steve Bouchie mr basketball 1979 also from Washington IN

  • Dub town hoosier

    Steve Bouchie mr basketball 1979 also from Washington IN

  • WisconHoosier

    Some people thought John Flowers had the chance to be one of the all-time greats. 6’10″ with the strength and speed to be a natural forward. Ended up at UNLV.

    Wish he had stayed a Hoosier, in a lineup with 7’3″ Ewe Blab.

  • Dagwoods

    Just remember, Calbert Cheney & Victor Oladipo were NOT McDonald All-Americans! Personally, I don’t think the selection means anything.

  • xCowHoosier

    I think it means the talent is noticeable…but MAA status does not showcase heart and desire….intangibles that Cheaney and Oladipo have in spades…

  • notfargj

    good point.

  • Nickc

    Good to see the kid being recognized as one of the nation’s best at the high school level. That being said, entirely too much stock is put into “McDonalds All American” status, just ask UNC. I love that I get to witness the evolution of our extremely talented non McDonald’s All American players over the course of several seasons rather than one and done. Seems to working out ok, too.

  • HoosierTrav

    I think it does matter to a point. It matters to these players, that’s for sure.They have some misses but for the most part they select future NBA players. I think troy was a snub.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawncongo Shawn Congo

    The article says he will also play in 2 other all-star games. I thought they could only play in 2 total & have to decide which.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawncongo Shawn Congo

    The article says he will also play in 2 other all-star games. I thought they could only play in 2 total & have to decide which.

  • DarkSouth

    Think thats just an IHSAA rule. Indiana is about as restrictive as it gets with travel, all-star games, etc. That’s why you don’t see teams in these national ESPN-televised tournaments, and why games against out-of-state teams are always in Indiana (unless its nearby, ie East Chicago vs Chicago team).

  • N71

    Those shirts they did for Golden State are…ah…suspect. I like the idea of doing a jazzy IU uniform for a game here and there to drive shirt sales and $’s for the school but, at a minimum, they should be good looking.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    wow, surprised to see some of these names on the list! speaking only of their college careers, at first glance the bomb/bust ratio looks to be right around 50%?

  • WhatsUpKnight

    wow, surprised to see some of these names on the list! speaking only of their college careers, at first glance the bomb/bust ratio looks to be right around 50%?

  • WhatsUpKnight

    actually, that’s pretty unfair. more like only 25% bust.

  • NWI_Hoosier

    It’s certainly an honor for the kid but it’s by no means a guarantee of future success. Carolina would confirm that. If this kid has even half the work ethic that Vic has, watch out.

  • plane1972

    Isn’t Stan Robinson supposed to be the heir apparent to Victor’s role on the team. The lockdown defender who can create for himself when little is drawn up for him offensively? At least, I hope so.

  • plane1972

    Even that is a bit high. Almost all of these guys had respectable college careers. Certainly not All-American careers, but were more than serviceable in college. Tom Baker is the only one I don’t remember. Strange since Ray Tolbert was the same year and was my all-time favorite Hoosier. Great dude!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.spera.3 Gregory Spera

    The entire team coming out in t-shirts that say “untapped” would be quite a shot at our coaching staff.

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

    I wouldnt try and pigeon hole any guy coming in to any position. Certainly not Victor’s. No one is going to come in and replace what he has meant to this team. I think Stan is a different player. Right now he is an all-around guy who can score, pass and defend but he’s not great at any of those yet.
    Quite frankly I am hoping Vonleh plans on being here for at least two years. He will need it.

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

    You can only play in up to two while you are still in HS. Once you graduate you can play in however many you want to during the Summer.

  • Dagwoods

    Tommy Baker, unfortunately got caught (or turned in by a teammate) smoking pot and kicked off the team. He could have been great. i believe he transferred to Western Kentucky and broke all kinds of records there. I don’t know what kind of shot he had professionally, but he died relatively young of a heart attack (I think).

  • plane1972

    Just talking “roles” not comparing their games. Would have to think Stan is going to earn his minutes by being special on the defensive end with upperclassmen likely to carry more of the offensive load.

  • TJ91

    Can’t agree with you that Troy should have been selected. Obviously he is one of the better players in his class, but I don’t feel like he one of the best 24 players in the country. Supreme athlete without a doubt, but not as skilled as the guys that made the game.

  • Warden

    He got into drugs real bad. Buried in a paupers grave. Shame. He graduated from Jeffersonville H.S. T. Baker could jump out of a gym.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Congrats to Noah for making this team. For him he should view it as a good personal accomplishment before he moves to his next level of play and in life. In reality it just gives ESPN more content to discuss on these players.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Jeffersonville, New Albany, and Floyd Central have been known to play road games against Louisville high schools.

  • DarkSouth

    Thought there is an NCAA bylaw involved? I was confusing 2 issues above.

  • SCHoosier

    That’s why they call pot the “gateway drug”..opens abusers up to everything else available. Sad.

  • twarrior87

    gateway drug stuff with pot is stupid. the real gateway drug is alcohol. I don’t know anyone who ever smoked pot and then was motivated to try a harder drug. However, I know several people who were drunk, inhibitions were low, and were offered a hard drug and tried it b/c they were already wasted.

  • marcusgresham

    OK, I’m not goingto lie—I’m almost 43 and I had to google “Tom Baker” because I don’t remember that name at all. Must not have been as great as he was expected to be since he transfered to Eastern Kentucky.

  • marcusgresham

    …and intelligence.

  • marcusgresham

    …and intelligence.

  • marcusgresham

    Any relation to Darryl Baker?

  • Geoff_85

    I thought he was speaking more about tee shirts like Michigan’s “We On” except you know, literate.

  • Kenneth234

    Personally, I would prefer recruits to play only in the major all star games, but come to Bloomington as early as possible and get into development mode with the returning players at Cook Hall and/or basketball courts in the area.

  • Kyle

    I’ve smoked pot almost everyday for 20 years and have never once experimented with another drug besides alcohol. I don’t even use tobacco. Whoever said calling weed a gateway drug is stupid, is on the money.

  • Kyle

    I’ve smoked pot almost everyday for 20 years and have never once experimented with another drug besides alcohol. I don’t even use tobacco. Whoever said calling weed a gateway drug is stupid, is on the money.

  • CreanFaithful

    That is just not acurate…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerry-Zook/1488392400 Jerry Zook

    He was kicked off the team by Coach Knight in 1978.

  • marcusgresham

    After looking up his story I was refreshed a bit. I remember a guy being kicked off for pot, but I never could remember who it was.

  • yimyames

    yeah, I hear ya. Guess we are still “untapped”. Oh well I have a gut feeling this next team is going to be better.

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