Noah Vonleh, one of the nation’s top high school players, reclassified from the class of 2014 to the class of 2013 last month. At the time of the announcement, Vonleh was considering many schools and his plans were very unclear. On Thursday, Vonleh’s high school coach, Pete Hutchins, provided some clarity.
One school that made the list and is somewhat of a surprise is UConn. After the coaching change and NCAA sanctions, Vonleh’s recruitment is very important to the downtrodden Huskies.
“Noah is obviously aware of the history and tradition at Connecticut and he saw some of that firsthand at their Midnight Madness last year,” Hutchins said. “Kevin Ollie’s a very dynamic person and coach, and he’s done a good job relating to Noah and everyone in his corner believes they’ll do a great job. As a local school, if Noah decides to not go away far from home, Noah thinks they would be a great choice.”
However, according to Hutchins, Indiana, Ohio State, Syracuse and Georgetown seem to have the inside track at this point.
Indiana will be looking to replace Christian Watford next season and a player like Vonleh could prevent them from falling off if Cody Zeller departs for the NBA. Ohio State may also have to consider replacing DeShaun Thomas if he declares for the 2013 draft. Of course, Syracuse will be looking for a good recruiting class as they make their move to the ACC.
Vonleh is one of the top commitments still to be made in the class of 2013 and, as a result, his situation is one worth following in the coming weeks.
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