Indiana Basketball: Crean Lands Top-10 Recruit Noah Vonleh

Aaron Siegal-Eisman@@ASiegalEismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

Jan 15, 2012; Springfield, MA, USA; New Hampton Huskies forward Noah Vonleh (35) drives to the hoop against the Notre Dame Crusaders during the first half at Blake Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Class of 2013 No. 3 ranked power forward Noah Vonleh decided to commit last night, giving IU Head Coach Tom Crean his biggest recruit ever.

Vonleh ranked No. 8 in the Top 100 of the class, according to ESPN.com, and was recruited hard by the Hoosiers. After an official visit this weekend decided to commit.

From Day One, Indiana has been recruiting me the hardest, Vonleh told ESPN.com's Adam Finkelstein. 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.

After receiving the SF Troy Williams commit, the IU Coaching staff decided to solely focus their attention on the recruitment of Vonleh.

Vonleh is a very athletic and versatile power forward who can rebound really well. He has an excellent jump shot to go with his game. Check out this video to see his skills.

He will need to get stronger on the next level, just like Cody Zeller did, which shouldn't be a problem for him.

Vonleh had scholarship offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, Georgetown, UConn and a bunch of other schools. 

The Haverhill, Mass., native also moved up one year to the Class of 2013 after being the top PF in the Class of 2014.

Indiana already boasts a class with SF Troy Williams, SG Stanford Robinson, PF Luke Fischer, SF Devin Davis and other SF Colin Hartman. 

Not only is this Crean's biggest recruit he has landed, but also his biggest overall recruiting class, which should easily be in the top-five recruiting class after the Vonleh commit.

Hats go off to the new assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who is starting to be a recruiting guru for the Hoosiers because of the commitments of Vonleh, Williams and Robinson over the last six months.

The most important thing is that if Zeller goes to the NBA after this year (most people think he will), then Vonleh can step right in and be a dominant big man for this IU team next year. 


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