Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Meet the Hoosiers' 2013 Class

Kyle GrandFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2013

Indiana Basketball Recruiting: Meet the Hoosiers' 2013 Class

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    Indiana has secured an impressive recruiting class for next season. Six new players will join IU's team.

    Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman, Stanford Robinson, Luke Fischer and Devin Davis Jr. will soon be sporting cream and crimson and will display their talents in Assembly Hall.

    This slideshow will introduce the incoming IU freshmen, give their background and project how they will contribute in the 2013-14 season. 

Noah Vonleh

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    Height/Weight: 6'9"/220 lbs.

    Position: Power Forward

    Hometown: Haverhill, MA

    High School: New Hampton School (New Hampton, NH)

    Signed Letter of Intent: November 14, 2012

    Strengths: Noah Vonleh is a great athlete. He is long with a 7'4" wingspan. Vonleh has the size of a post player, but can dribble and drive to the rim like a guard. He can also knock down outside shots

    Weaknesses: In order to compete in the post at the college level, Vonleh must get stronger. With his lanky frame, he could have trouble against bigger players.  

    Projected Role: The 5-star recruit headlines the 2013-14 incoming class. IU is losing four starters, giving Vonleh a golden opportunity to make an impact as soon as he steps on campus. He will be in the starting lineup next year. It's up to Tom Crean to decide whether Vonleh will play in the post or on the wing.  

Troy Williams

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    Height/Weight: 6'7"/190 lbs.

    Position: Small Forward

    Hometown: Hampton, VA

    High School: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA)

    Signed Letter of Intent: November 19, 2012

    Strengths: Williams has insane leaping ability and knows how to finish around the rim. He averaged 7.5 rebounds per game his senior season, so he isn't afraid to crash the glass. 

    Weaknesses: Williams needs to improve his dribbling. He scores a lot of points by grabbing offensive rebounds and by being set up by teammates. At the college level, he must be able to create his own shot.

    Williams can make outside shots, but he needs his jump shot to become more consistent. 

    Projected Role: Like Vonleh, Williams should start next season. The Hoosiers will need someone to fill the shoes of Victor Oladipo, and he has the skills to do so. With his quickness and ability to play above the rim, he should be able to replace Oladipo.

Collin Hartman

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    Height/Weight: 6'7"/200 lbs.

    Position: Small Forward

    Hometown: Fishers, IN

    High School: Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, IN)

    Signed Letter of Intent: November 14, 2012

    Strengths: Hartman is a deadly three-point shooter. His shooting ability resembles past Hoosiers Matt Roth and Jordan Hulls. Because of his height, he is able to shoot over defenders. Hartman's long-range capabilities make him a constant threat and also spreads out opposing defenses.

    Weaknesses: Hartman isn't very quick. His lack of athleticism and speed make it hard for him to create his own shot. Hartman struggles to defend faster, more athletic wing players. 

    Projected Role: Hartman will likely spend most of the season on the bench. He needs to develop his offensive game and improve his speed before he can play meaningful minutes. Despite this, outside of Will Sheehey, no one on Indiana's second unit averaged more than 4.0 points per game. If the bench struggles to score again, don't be surprised to see Hartman get a chance. 

Stanford Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6'4"/175 lbs.

    Position: Shooting Guard

    Hometown: Fairfax, VA

    High School: Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV)

    Signed Letter of Intent: November 14, 2012

    Strengths: Robinson can score in a variety of ways. He can get to the rim, hit mid-range shots and even step outside and score from distance.  

    Weaknesses: There are times when Robinson isn't aggressive enough. He has the skills to dominate a game, but he doesn't always do so. 

    Projected Role: Robinson should find plenty of playing time with IU's second unit. Will Sheehey, the team's returning leading scorer, will be the starting shooting guard. This leaves Robinson the chance to be the backup. Indiana's bench will need a scoring threat. Robinson is capable of putting up points and is a nice fit for the second unit.

Luke Fischer

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    Height/Weight: 6'10"/210

    Position: Power Forward

    Hometown: Germantown, WI

    High School: Germantown High School (Germantown, WI)

    Signed Letter of Intent: November 14, 2012

    Strengths: The 2013 Wisconsin Mr. Basketball recipient has all the tools to be a successful post player. He knows how to score when he gets the ball down low. He can also step away from the post and make jump shots. Fischer has the shot-blocking ability needed in order to play defense in the paint.

    Weaknesses: Fischer has height, but lacks muscle. He must get in the weight room and add some bulk in order to battle post players in the rigorous Big Ten Conference.  

    Projected Role: Fischer has a chance to be a starter when next season begins. With the departure of Cody Zeller and Christian Watford, Indiana will need to find players that can fill those empty spots. IU's lone returning post player with any experience is Hanner Mosquera-Perea. He underwhelmed in his freshman season when he only averaged 0.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. This means Fischer has the opportunity to play a lot of minutes.

    Indiana will need production from its bigs next season. Look for Fischer to be a significant part of IU's rotation. 

Devin Davis Jr.

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    Height/Weight: 6'6"/200 lbs.

    Position: Small Forward

    Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

    High School: Warren Central High School (Indianapolis, IN)

    Signed Letter of Intent: November 14, 2012

    Strengths: Davis Jr. slithers his way through the lane and can finish near the basket. He is a relentless rebounder. 

    Weaknesses: He must improve his jump shot. Davis Jr. is a streaky shooter. He can step out to about 19 feet and make shots, but he has to become more consistent.

    Projected Role: Davis Jr. has a good chance to see meaningful playing time next season. Indiana's second unit is wide open. Remy Abell is transferring. Maurice Creek has suffered so many injuries, he isn't nearly the player he used to be. Jeremy Hollowell had a solid freshman year, but should by no means be guaranteed a spot in the rotation.  

    This leaves a chance for Davis Jr. to make his mark. With a great offseason and an even better preseason, he could find himself as a major part of next season's team.