Indiana basketball has had one incredible weekend. It started with Tom Crean getting an extension through 2020, before Friday’s opener. Then Indiana crushed Bryant in that opener, showcasing their immense talent. Finally, the best news came Saturday night when the seventh ranked recruit for 2013, Noah Vonleh, gave a verbal commitment to come play at Indiana next fall.
Vonleh is from New Hampshire, an uncommon location for elite basketball talent. He is 6-9 and over 220 pounds, and plays at power forward.
That will be a position of need next season, as Christian Watford will have graduated and Cody Zeller is almost certain to be gone, in the NBA. Vonleh was aware of the need, saying, “They said next year I could come in and be one of the main guys.”
Vonleh was targeted by almost every big time program, but chose Indiana. That is yet another reminder that the Hoosiers are truly back. After a short period of struggling both on the court and Tom Crean has restored the program to prominence. The result is big time recruits choosing Indiana. Many college basketball observers know that a coach’s recruiting abilities are just as important as their actual coaching abilities. Basketball is a game of talent, and once a team starts loading up on top tier talent they are going to be tough to beat.
Just ask Kentucky.
Vonleh is not the lone standout player in Indiana’s 2013 class. He is joined by two other top 50 players, according to Rivals, Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson. Crean is getting talent to Bloomington, next there will be banners coming in.