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November 11, 2012 Terrence Payne
While at Indiana on an official visit, New Hampton 2013 forward Noah Vonleh gave his commitment to head coach Tom Crean.
The reports came out late Saturday night, with ESPN breaking the story.
"From day one, Indiana has been recruiting me the hardest," Vonleh told 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."
Vonleh has been busy so far this fall. In September, Vonleh decided to reclassify to the Class of 2013. One of the more sought after recruits, regardless of class, then trimmed his list to six a month later. Indiana, North Carolina, Syracuse, Georgetown, Ohio State, and UConn were the finalists, before the 6-foot-8 Vonleh set a list of official visits.
Vonleh, the USA Today preseason All-American, set up visits with Indiana being the first one. Crean had made it clear that the Hoosiers were going all in on Vonleh, solely focusing on him as the headlining piece for the 2013 recruiting class. The Haverhill, Mass. native told Finkelstein that the atmosphere at Indiana's home opener Friday night played a role.
"As soon as I walked out near the court they started chanting 'We want Noah,'" said Vonleh.
IU lands a physically gifted athlete, who has been able to stretch his game out past the perimeter. Vonleh is a talented rebounder and someone who can create off the dribble and in the open floor.
Vonleh and small forward Troy Williams (Oak Hill Academy/Hampton, VA) headline the Hoosiers incoming freshman class.
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