NCB On The Trail: Noah Vonleh

#AskCoachB: Hoosiers will get stronger

December, 16, 2013
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One of the glaring weaknesses with the Hoosiers this year is their lack of outside shooting. With the addition of top-100 players Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr., those concerns will eventually be gone.

Johnson is a terrific guard who can make shots, drive, defend and he makes solid decisions. Blackmon has range and accuracy from deep.

The only certain losses next year are the graduation of Will Sheehey along with Evan Gordon.

They should have an outstanding backcourt with the additions plus returning players such as Yogi Ferrell at the point. If the front-court returns Noah Vonleh Indiana could be the one of the favorites in the Big Ten and a top 25 team again on a national level.

#AskCoachB: Star power for Hoosiers?

November, 7, 2013
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When you say "big-name" players I am assuming you mean highly ranked prospects. When you look at the last few years the Hoosiers landed ESPN No. 14 Cody Zeller in 2011, No. 24 Yogi Ferrell in 2012, No. 13 Noah Vonleh last year, and are set to bring it No. 19 James Blackmon Jr. and No. 44 Robert Johnson in this year’s class.

Zeller commitment changed the program and gave the Hoosiers the No. 1 class. Ferrell kept that going. Now Vonleh is there to replace Zeller as the star power on the roster. Next year I would take Johnson and Blackmon against almost any guard combination in the class. In fact, IU beat out Kentucky for Blackmon, although the Hoosiers were beaten by the Wildcats for No. 7 Trey Lyles.

The highest-ranked players don't always pan out to be the best college players. Indiana has a roster full of very talented players -- they are just extremely inexperienced right now.

In recruiting you can't be concerned what others are doing as long you are getting who you want and what you need. There is no way to explain how each recruit makes his decision. I will tell you the dynamics of every prospect is so different, so what might be a good fit at Duke might not be as good at Indiana.

The Hoosiers are doing just fine landing big-name talent.
With seven ESPN 100 commitments in as many days, the last week has been incredibly busy on the recruiting wire, but the best could still be yet to come with Reid Travis, Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones all likely to make decisions in time to sign during the early signing period, which begins next week.

In case you missed any of last week’s headlines, here’s a rundown: Devin Robinson chose Florida over Indiana on Wednesday; later that night, big man Michael Humphrey picked Stanford over Arizona; Devin Booker started a busy Thursday by picking Kentucky over Missouri; James Blackmon Jr. pulled a surprise by spurning Kentucky to recommit to Indiana; Kevon Looney’s commitment to UCLA was equally surprising, with most predicting Duke, Florida or Tennessee; former UCLA pledge Trevon Bluiett picked Xavier over Butler and Michigan State on Friday; and Trey Lyles chose Kentucky over Louisville on Tuesday.

That flurry of activity, along with the upcoming announcements, has brought more clarity to a lot of top national programs. Here’s a look at some of the implications:

Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

January, 21, 2013

USA Basketball announced on Sunday the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).

The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).

The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Hoophall preview on ESPNU RecruitingNation 

January, 16, 2013
ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi will preview this weekend's Spalding Hoophall Classic on ESPNU's RecruitingNation on Thursday.

One of the marquee events during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, this year will feature 25 players in the ESPN 100. Biancardi will breakdown the games of No. 1 Andrew Wiggins and No. 2 Jabari Parker along with No. 7 Aaron Gordon, No. 8 Noah Vonleh and No. 12 Dakari Johnson. ESPN and ESPNU will televise six games on Sunday and Monday.

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Noah Vonleh commits to Indiana 

November, 10, 2012
Indiana landed their sixth commitment in the 2013 class on Saturday night with a verbal pledge from PF Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton), according to RecruitingNation's Adam Finkelstein.

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