Indiana added to its 2020 recruiting class on Friday afternoon with a prospect who is very familiar to Hoosier fans.
Anthony Leal, a 6-foot-5 guard from Bloomington South, announced his commitment to IU on Friday afternoon.
It is the second commitment for the program in two weeks as Culver Academies guard Trey Galloway announced his pledge to the Hoosiers on Friday, July 26. Leal and Galloway are close friends and were AAU teammates for several years with Indiana Elite.
Leal chose Indiana over Stanford. He also had scholarship offers from Ohio State, Northwestern, Butler, Xavier, Iowa, Maryland, Evansville, Toledo and Bradley.
Like Galloway, the Indiana coaching staff tracked Leal for a couple of years before offering him a scholarship. But when that offer came in April following the lone spring evaluation period, it was clear that Indiana was at the front of the pack in his recruitment.
“It’s a blessing. It’s so special to know that they believe in me,” Leal told Inside the Hall in April. “It was mostly just a conversation about how they admire what I have to offer as far as shooting the ball, competing and winning. They emphasized that to be able to do what they want to do at IU, they’re going to need shooter on their team. They really emphasized that and how I could fit in there.”
Leal is the highest rated prospect from Indiana in the 247Composite for the 2020. He’s the No. 96 player nationally and a four-star prospect.
As a junior at Bloomington South, he averaged 19.9 points per contest as the Panthers won 24 games and advanced to the Class 4A semi-state. On the adidas Gauntlet circuit for Indiana Elite, Leal shot 50.9 percent on 2s and 35.3 percent on 3-pointers, according to Open Look Analytics.
Along with Galloway, Leal was named a core Indiana junior All-Star and competed in several scrimmages in June against the Kentucky junior All-Stars and the Indiana All-Stars.
He is the seventh in-state player to commit to the Hoosiers under Archie Miller joining Damezi Anderson, Rob Phinisee, Romeo Langford, Armaan Franklin, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Galloway.
With Galloway and Leal in the fold, Indiana’s recruiting focus is expected to remain on Woodstock Academy (CT) forward Matthew Cross, who already took an official visit in May.
The Hoosiers are also pursuing several guards in the 2020 class, including Hassan Diarra, R.J. Davis, DJ Steward and Caleb Love along with frontcourt players like Dawson Garcia and Zach Loveday.
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