Five-star forward Noah Vonleh moves to class of 2013

  • 09/24/2012 1:53 pm in

The class of 2013 just became even stronger at the top.

According to multiple reports (Dave Telep of ESPN was first to report the news), New Hampton Prep (NH) forward Noah Vonleh has re-classified and is now a member of the 2013 class.

Vonleh, who turned 17 on Aug. 24, was considered a consensus top five prospect in the 2014 class.

Jeff Borzello of is reporting that the Hoosiers, along with North Carolina, Florida, Syracuse and Ohio State, are the primary schools in the mix to land Vonleh.

Louisville is expected at New Hampton today to watch Vonleh, according to Jeff Goodman of

Indiana was the first school to travel to New Hampton to watch Vonleh workout this fall back on Sunday, September 9.


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  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Well crap. SO many good players…so little room.

  • HoosierGrad07

    I think this could be great news for IU. While we all understand we are already over signed for 2013 and are going after a handful of guys, I know that Vonleh is at the top of my wish list. And with him reclassifying, he will almost certainly wait until the spring to make a decision which is what must happen for IU to have a shot at him.

    There are so many possibilities with what could happen to our roster after we hang banner #6 this year and I know I’ve heard people mention that our 2013 could grow to as many as 6 people when it’s all said and done so anything is possible. It’s just great to hear that we are pushing so hard for Noah! His reclassifying could really put us in the driver’s seat because it’s seems lately we have been recruiting him like he was a senior already. Maybe Crean saw this coming and went all-in and will now get to enjoy the huge reward for his risk!

    We can only hope! (Is it Nov. 12th yet?)

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Wow. Wish we had about 10 more scholarships. This makes Trey Lyles that much more important for the 2014 class……Great

  • inLinE6

    Now I wish all of the sophomore class and above to go Pro next year!

  • The Trey ship has sailed. Tons of other good players that IU is in on, though.

  • Kris

    And now we know more clearly why Crean attended Noah’s workout and passed on Trey Lyles the very same day. Not only was CTC aware of the Lyles situation getting messy, but Noah is now a 2013 prize. I’d say Coach has his priorities in the correct order.

  • Daburns0

    I tend to think this isn’t such a good thing. Guys seem to reclassify if they have an idea of where they are headed. That wouldn’t point to the already oversigned Indiana Hoosiers. Stranger things have happened though.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    For as much as many of us criticized or doubted Coach’s moves a few years ago (“Sheehey and Oladipo aren’t even in the top100 on Rivals or Scout!”), it seems that he’s making all the right ones lately. The dude’s got foresight.

    I’m with Daburns0 on this one, though; whereas Vonleh seemed a replacement for Lyles’ 2014 spot, we might have a harder time landing him now. However, I think our chances for landing a big for 2013 just went up: Meeks or Anya or Vonleh. We just need one!

  • Guest

    Trey Jaquan Lyles

  • Yanni

    I personally think this isn’t a good thing for our recruitment of him. Many have mentioned that we are already over-signed, but realistically we will probably get one more from Anya or Williams (I don’t see us as serious contenders for Meeks). If we really are that high up on his list like he mentioned awhile ago, do we prioritize for him or Anya/Williams? Just a mess now IMO. I’d love to go after Vonleh but I don’t think it’s a realistic chance, but with Crean being there on the first day for workouts that could signal something that we are missing…

  • cdog

    Either someone recruiting him asked him to move up a year as they have a need or he feels he is a one-and-done and wants to get his NBA career started a year early. I don’t think CTC would have asked him to reclassify unless Anya and Williams are longer shots than we think. I have a feeling it was one of the other schools and he is no longer in our mix. This is disappointing because I thought we had a good chance at landing him for 2014.

  • HoosierGrad07

    Also something for us all to keep in mind is that all the major national recruiting guys say that we have been going after him the hardest and that we are right there at the top of his list. Also Noah’s coach was quoted as saying that IU has been doing the best job at recruiting him of late. Crean certainly wouldn’t be doing this unless a couple things were certain

    a. Noah isn’t going to commit till spring after next years group goes pro/transfers/graduates and our roster will be able to make room for another player or two.
    b. Crean knows it’s possible (or even likely) that a recruit next year or a player on the upcoming team won’t be back for 2013 and/or perhaps Creek won’t even be healthy enough to play beyond this year. Spots have a way of opening up as we’ve all seen first hand recently.

    But the main thing I’ve taken away from the news today is that these national recruiting guys usually tell it like it is. They don’t care which fan base they are pissing off, and they all say we are right in the middle of his recruitment. I’m sure Crean will make sure it stays that way!

  • Pritch24

    Trey ship has more than sailed, and that’s a good thing. We don’t need to be involved in a recruitment with the “scandal” connotation going around. I don’t even want a hint of that around our program.

  • Hardwood83

    If they leave a banner in their wake, I’m on board too.

  • Hardwood83

    It’s like a Hoosier recruiting version of ‘Highlander’ Meeks, Anya or Vonleh- THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

  • IUHope

    ….don’t forget Troy.

  • marcusgresham

    Look at his hands–this kid could palm a Volkswagen Beetle.

  • marcusgresham

    I never thought about it, but was George McCloud related?