Indiana Basketball: Analyzing Each 2013 Recruit's High School Season

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2013

Indiana Basketball: Analyzing Each 2013 Recruit's High School Season

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    Indiana basketball head coach Tom Crean has secured a highly-touted recruiting class for next season. According to rivals.com, the Hoosiers have the No. 3 ranked class.

    IU has added a diverse set of players that should help as it attempts to defend its Big Ten regular-season title. If the Hoosiers are to repeat the success of 2012-13, they will need production from this batch of freshmen.

    This slideshow will review the senior seasons of each recruit and examine how they can help Indiana next year. 

Noah Vonleh

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    Noah Vonleh, a 6' 9" power forward from Haverhill, Massachusetts, had a memorable senior season. Playing for prep school, New Hampton School, Vonleh led his team to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class AAA semifinals.

    While his high-school season might not have ended with a championship, Vonleh received well deserved postseason accolades. For his efforts, he was named NEPSAC Class AAA First Team All-League. More importantly, Vonleh was selected as a McDonald's All-American.

    The 5-star recruit has all the tools to be an impact player for the Hoosiers. He is long (7' 4" wingspan), athletic, and plays tough defense. He has superb dribbling skills for his size. Not only can Vonleh score at the rim, but he can also knock down outside shots. 

    The Hoosiers will need him to live up to the hype of being a top recruit.

Luke Fischer

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    Luke Fischer, from Germantown, WI, had a spectacular senior season. The 6' 9" post player averaged 21.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Germantown High School.

    Fischer led his team to a 28-0 record and a second straight state championship.

    He was named the state tournament's most valuable player, 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year for Wisconsin, and is Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball.

    Fischer has the skills to contribute right away. He runs the floor well, has great hands and can score in a variety of ways. Unlike most post players, Fischer is a consistent shooter from 15 feet.

    IU's Christian Watford is graduating and Cody Zeller could leave for the NBA. This leaves holes in the post that Fischer could fill. With a need for size in the lineup, expect Fischer to get an opportunity to play a lot of minutes next season.

Troy Williams

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    Troy Williams will arrive in Bloomington fresh off a productive season for high school powerhouse, Oak Hill Academy. This year's squad went 33-5. Oak Hill finished its season by losing in the semifinals of the National High School Invitational.

    Williams was a big part of the team's success. He averaged an impressive stat line of 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. 

    Williams is a standout player because of his athleticism. He is a pest on defense and creates havoc in passing lanes.

    Williams can be a prolific scorer and should pair nicely with Noah Vonleh. If Tom Crean can get those two players to click, Indiana should be a force to be reckoned with next season.


Devin Davis Jr.

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    For Devin Davis Jr., his team didn't fare as well as some of his recruiting class counterparts. He headlined a Warren Central High School team (Indianapolis, IN) that went 12-8 and lost to Lawrence Central in the sectional round of the Indiana 4A playoffs. 

    In the loss, Davis Jr. was the lone bright spot. He led the Warriors with 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. 

    As he showed in that sectional game, he rebounds very well. The one thing Davis Jr. has to work on before his freshman year at IU is his shooting. He does most of his damage going to the rim because his jump shot is unreliable.

    Before Davis Jr. can make any sort of contribution next season, he has to be able to knock down long-range shots.

Stanford Robinson

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    Stanford Robinson helped Findlay Prep in Henderson, NV, to a 35-1 record. The team's only loss came in the NHSI semifinals to St. Benedict's Prep. With Robinson's contributions, Findlay ended the season ranked No. 3 in USA Today's Super 25.

    The 6' 4" guard is known to be a streaky shooter. He can hit outside shots, but must become more aggressive on the offensive end. He has the talent to be an elite player, but can he apply it on the big stage?

    When Robinson arrives at IU, he should get the chance to play. Robinson will most likely have to come in off the bench, but this is an area in which he can excel. The Hoosier bench struggled to score. This season outside of Will Sheehey, no member of the second unit averaged over 4.0 points per game.

Collin Hartman

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    Like Luke Fischer, Collin Hartman helped get his team to the state finals. Hartman's Cathedral High School from Indianapolis, IN, met Carmel High School in the 4A championship game and lost 57-53. He was held to only eight points.

    As soon as Hartman steps on campus he will draw comparisons to former Indiana guard Matt Roth. Like Roth, he is deadly from beyond the arc.

    Hartman is a suspect defender, isn't great at creating his own shot, but can affect the game because of his shooting ability. As Roth and Indiana's most recent three-point master, Jordan Hulls, have showed, in IU's offense, a long range shooter can thrive.

    Indiana's fast-paced offense allows for plenty of transition three-pointers. If he earns playing time, Hartman should be able to score at the college level.