Class of 2014 Findlay Prep (Nev.) forward Jonah Bolden announced his list of six finalists tonight and Indiana remains in the mix for the 6-foot-9, 210 pound forward.
Bolden, the No. 49 player nationally according to the 247Composite, is also considering Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Methodist, UCLA and USC.
The Hoosiers are making a late push for Bolden, who is a native of Australia that transferred to Findlay Prep for his senior season.
“I started hearing from Indiana only in the last month,” Bolden told Inside the Hall recently. “My conversations with IU so far have been about my need to the program. Just talking about how they are.
“I like the way they play. It’s a very free style of play with as minimum but as much as needed structure as possible. I feel it suits the way I play and my availability for my position as a small forward.”
Bolden’s father, Bruce, played professionally in Australia after a collegiate career at Boise State.
Indiana has three players already signed for its 2014 class — guards James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson and forward Max Hoetzel.
In its most well rounded performance of the season thus far, Indiana soundly defeated Stony Brook, 90-74, on Sunday night at Assembly Hall in the 2K Sports Classic.
Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s fourth win:
· Vonleh’s historic start continues: For the fourth straight game, freshman Noah Vonleh posted a double double and made it look relatively easy. The Haverhill (Mass.) product posted 18 points and 15 rebounds and committed just one foul. Through four games, the opposition has yet to have an answer for stopping him.
What’s so impressive about the start is how fundamentally sound Vonleh has been in the post. He knows how to establish position and is making it easy for his teammates to get him the ball. Once he catches the ball, Vonleh’s arsenal of moves is diverse for a first year player of his size and he executes his moves without hesitation. There will be times when Vonleh struggles offensively this season, but his rebounding and ability to use his length to change the game defensively can both become constants in his production.
· Offensive rebounding, free throw rate are major strengths: We knew the shooting wouldn’t be able to keep pace with last year’s group, but two other key metrics from a season ago have continued through the first four games this season. Indiana is rebounding 45.4 percent of its misses and has a free throw rate (FTA/FGA) of 65.6 percent.
Noah Vonleh has flown under the radar. The 6-foot-10 freshman has quietly dominated the court in his first four games of his college career while staying humble off the floor.
In games, he demands the ball not with his voice, but with his body. When speaking to the media, Vonleh has kept his sentences brief and simple, sometimes even deflecting his achievements to his teammates and coaches. But things might change very soon for the 18-year-old.
Sunday afternoon, Vonleh recorded his fourth double-double in as many games to start his college career, posting 18 points and 15 rebounds in a 90-74 Indiana win over Stony Brook. He’s the first freshman to do just that since Michael Beasley did it in 12 straight games for Kansas State back in 2007-2008.
So how long is Vonleh’s streak going to continue and how long will he continue to stay under the radar as his game continues to take off?
Check out 33 photos by Jamie Owens from Indiana’s 90-74 win over Stony Brook at Assembly Hall in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. Purchase prints from J. Scott Sports.
Collin Hartman, Noah Vonleh (18 points and 15 rebounds) and Yogi Ferrell (24 points, six assists and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 90-74 win over Stony Brook at Assembly Hall.
Watch the press conference in the media player below:
A full transcript is available after the jump.
Tom Crean met with the media following Indiana’s 90-74 win over Stony Brook on Sunday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch his postgame comments in the media player below:
A full transcript is available after the jump.
Thoughts on a 90-74 win over the Seawolves:
On paper, Stony Brook looked like another sneaky early test for the Hoosiers, a veteran team with some strong individual talent. But the Hoosiers had a lead coast-to-coast in this one, and aside for a few runs here and there where the Seawolves threatened, Indiana pretty much controlled the game en route to its fourth straight victory to open the season.
It was a brand of ball we’ve come to expect from this Tom Crean squad: Get to the foul line again and again and again, score in transition, utilize all the athleticism to overwhelm the opponent. The Hoosiers wasted no time attacking the hoop and visiting the charity stripe. The fouls really piled up by the final buzzer. 55 in total. Two Seawolves fouled out, another three had four fouls. Will Sheehey fouled out late. Hanner Mosquera-Perea had four. (The new rules continue to make these early Indiana games free throw fests.)
At half, the Hoosiers had amassed a whooping 140.0 free throw rate (FTA/FGA). But they hit on just 15-of-28 (53.6 percent). For the game, the Hoosiers made just 30-of-49 (61.2 percent). Had they been more efficient from the line, this could have been a bigger blowout, the Hoosiers flirting with and perhaps surpassing the century mark once again.