Indiana scored a huge commit Saturday night when it landed Noah Vonleh, a 6-foot-9 power forward from New Hampton (N.H.) who had reclassifed to 2013 from 2014.
The news was first by reported by ESPN.com.
“From Day One, Indiana has been recruiting me the hardest,” Vonleh told ESPN.com. “They were just letting me know how they could develop me into the player I want to be at the next level. Their academics are good, they’re the No. 1 team in the country and they’ve got another great class coming in next year.”
Vonleh pledged to Indiana on his official visit this weekend. His cousin, Tevin Coleman, is a freshman running back on the Indiana football team.
Vonleh also considered Syracuse, Georgetown, UConn and North Carolina.
The Rivals No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2013, Vonleh could slide in and potentially replace Cody Zeller, should the sophomore big man head to the NBA after this season.
“They said next year I could come in and be one of the main guys,” Vonleh said. “They’re going to lose Christian Watford, and probably Zeller, so they want me to come in a be a big piece right away.”
Vonleh is Indiana’s sixth commit in 2013.
Vonleh’s AAU coach, Vin Pastore, said Indiana is getting a player with a huge upside going forward.
“As people have said about Noah in the past, he’s young, he doesn’t really have a weakness,” he told SNY.tv. “He’s skilled as can be. He’s long at 6-9 and plays as hard as can be. If that’s not a great combination, I don’t know what is.
“I think everybody who’s watched Noah play over the last couple years expects big things from him. Indiana is a great fit.”
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