After opting to reopen his recruitment back on May 29, interest in class of 2015 Sagemont (Fla.) guard Prince Ali has ramped up.
Ali, rated the No. 37 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite, had an impressive spring for Southern Stampede on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.
So when he decided last month that he committed too soon to Connecticut, it gave schools another shot at recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard who is originally from New York.
Indiana had been interested in Ali prior to his decision to commit to Connecticut and the Hoosiers are right back in the mix. In a phone interview with Inside the Hall from the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington D.C., Ali listed Indiana, along with Connecticut, Michigan and UCLA, as the four schools recruiting him the hardest right now.
“So far it’s just been them telling me that they’ve been watching me for a while and when I committed (to UConn), it kind of threw them off and then when I decommitted, it made them happy,” he said. “That’s what Tom Crean told me. He told me I play like two of his former players in Victor Oladipo and Dwyane Wade. I remind him a lot of them.”
So what does Ali think of being compared to a pair of former All-Americans and current NBA guards?
Former Indiana forward Will Sheehey wasn’t selected in Thursday’s NBA draft, but he’ll still get a shot to play in the NBA.
After working out for 10 teams in the pre-draft process, Sheehey had some second round interest, but didn’t hear his name called.
He’ll now have to play his way onto a roster and he could get that chance beginning in the NBA summer league with the New York Knicks, according to his high school coach, Adam Ross.
Class of 2015 La Lumiere guard and IU recruiting target Jalen Coleman announced his top six schools on Friday and the Hoosiers are on the list.
Coleman named Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Notre Dame, UNLV and NC State as his finalists, in no particular order. The news was reported by Brian Snow of ScoutHoops.com.
The 6-foot-3 Coleman is rated the No. 30 player nationally by the 247Composite. He’s averaging 15.2 points per game and shot 50 percent from behind the 3-point line for All-Ohio Red in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. All-Ohio Red will play in July’s EYBL finals at the Peach Jam.
Indiana was the first school to offer Coleman a scholarship before he entered his freshman season at Cathedral in Indianapolis.
Former Indiana big man Noah Vonleh was the No. 9 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Charlotte Hornets. Vonleh met with assembled media at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn afterward for a brief Q & A (transcript via ASAP Sports):
THE MODERATOR: Noah, if you’d start opening statements about being drafted by the Hornets.
NOAH VONLEH: This is a blessing. This is a dream come true to finally get picked up by a team. And just watching the NBA draft for so many years, I’m very excited to be able to go to Charlotte and start off my NBA career.
Q. Noah, congratulations. Charlotte made the playoffs. They’ve been making strides. Talk about how your game, especially being a stretch four, can help complement Al Jefferson’s post game and Kemba Walker’s outside shooting.
NOAH VONLEH: I think it can definitely complement those guys, playing in the pick-and-roll with Kemba, being able to pop, hit the shot from 18 feet, step out, hit some NBA threes, catch the ball, be able to take guys off the dribble, and just use my versatility to the best of my abilities.
Q. Noah, kind of known around the NBA Michael Jordan signs off on who gets picked. Being picked by Michael Jordan, what’s that say to you, and what do you feel like?
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The Charlotte Hornets selected Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh with the 9th pick in the 2014 NBA draft this evening.
Vonleh was second Big Ten player selected in this year’s draft (Michigan’s Nik Stauskas went No. 8 to Sacramento) and his selection means that Indiana has had three lottery picks in the past two seasons.
He’ll join Cody Zeller, the No. 4 pick in last year’s draft and a second team All-Rookie selection this past season, in Charlotte.
Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last season and was named Big Ten freshman of the year for the Hoosiers, who finished 17-15 and missed the postseason.
Video of Vonleh’s selection is after the jump.
When Noah Vonleh, all of 17 years, two months and 20 days old, signed his letter of intent to play for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers on Nov. 14, 2012, a visit to Bloomington the previous weekend sealed the deal.
“Cody Zeller, he was doing a lot of the guard drills,” Vonleh said at the time. “I want to do something similar like that. That just really stood out to me.”
Three months earlier at the adidas Nations championship game, a sixteen-year-old Vonleh was doing plenty of guard work on the court for USA Red 2014, but with mixed results:
It wasn’t until late in the game, when Vonleh stopped trying to dribble penetrate and went to the block for scores and rebounds, that he was able to force overtime, impose his will and bring his team a victory. He finished the game with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
This is the modern thought of talented teenagers at 6-8 or above with wingspans and size that once deemed them to the paint; they see Kevin Durant shining in the NBA, the positional revolution churning, and who can blame them for thinking: “I can do that … I want to do that, too?”
Noah Vonleh met with the media on Wednesday afternoon in New York City as part of NBA draft media day.
Watch his interview, where he’s asked about his time in Bloomington, his position in the NBA, which player from the draft he’d most like to play with and much more, in the embedded media player below: