Fabulous Freshmen? Don’t Forget About Indiana’s Vonleh

NEW YORK — During the first half of Indiana’s 102-84 blowout of Washington Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, one Hoosiers fan seated behind the Indiana basket yelled out a message for freshman forward Noah Vonleh.

“Hey, Noah, stay one more year,” the fan implored. “Noah, one more year.”

The way the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Vonleh has shot out of the gate in his freshman season, you can understand why the Hoosier faithful are already concerned that he might be one-and-done.

Vonleh finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds in just 24 minutes in the rout of Washington in the 2K Sports Classic, one rebound shy of what would have been his fifth straight double-double for the Hoosiers (5-0). To read more of this story, click here

James Blackmon Jr. to Indiana

It isn’t often that a player decommits from a school and then ends up committing there a second time.

But that’s exactly what happened Thursday night when 6-foot-3 shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. of Marion (IN) High pledged to Indiana.

Again.

He first committed before ever playing a high school game but then decommitted from the Hoosiers in August to explore his options, This time around, Blackmon Jr. chose the Hoosiers again over Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Kansas.

“Just really the way Coach [Tom] Crean recruited me as a main priority,” he said on ESPNU as he slipped on a Hoosiers baseball cap. “And the way that I see myself impacting the program and keeping Indiana back on top. I think I can get them back on top and where they need to be.” To read more of this story, click here

James Blackmon to Visit Indiana This Weekend

James Blackmon Jr. will visit Indiana this weekend, he Tweeted.

The Indiana visit follows a visit to Kentucky last weekend, where he was joined by Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles and Kentucky pledges Tyler Ulis and Karl Towns Jr.

“A lot of people think just because I decommitted from [Indiana], I’m not looking at them,” he told SNY.tv recently. “But they’re still one of my top five and if it’s the right fit for me I’ll definitely go back because I love that place. I’m from Indiana so that’s always a plus.” To read more of this story, click here

Johnson Recruiting Robinson, Okonoboh to Indiana

Robert Johnson of Chesterfield (Va.) Benedictine committed to Indiana on Friday. In this Player Blog for ZAGSBLOG Johnson said he’s working on getting a few other recruits — Devin Robinson and Goodluck Okonoboh -- to join him.

What’s up, everybody?

This is Robert Johnson and this is my blog. I am very happy to say I am now a future Indiana Hoosier!

I thank God for everything he has done in my life. The recruiting process has been long and tiring and I’m glad it’s all over. To read more of this story, click here

Robert Johnson to Indiana

Robert Johnson is off the board.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard from Chesterfield (Va.) Benedictine School said on Friday that he will attend Indiana, choosing the Hoosiers over North Carolina, Virginia and Florida State.

“After all the visits, at the end of the day, I felt strongest about Indiana,” Johnson said, according to Jeff Rabjohns of Rivals.

Ranked No. 42 in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2014, Johnson says he wants to transition to point guard from shooting guard as he moves forward.

“If I want an opportunity to play this game after college, that’s something I’ll probably have to do,” Johnson told SNY.tv this summer.

The news comes one day after Indiana missed out on Brooklyn Lincoln two guard Isaiah Whitehead, who chose Seton Hall over the Hoosiers, St. John’s, Minnesota and Pitt. To read more of this story, click here

Whitehead Enjoys Indiana, Future Visits Will Occur

Isaiah Whitehead enjoyed his weekend visit to Indiana and plans to return for an official visit, Lincoln head coach Tiny Morton told SNY.tv Tuesday.

“It went very well,” said Morton, who accompanied Whitehead. “There were a lot of questions answered. It was a great visit.”

Morton said Whitehead could potentially play either guard spot at Indiana, which just recently offered the New York City star.

“It’s open, he has a chance to play both positions if he wants,” Morton said. To read more of this story, click here

Blackmon Decommits from Indiana

James Blackmon Jr., a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Marion (IN) High, has decommitted from Indiana, according to multiple reports.

“He feels like he needs to be 100 percent sure,” his father, former Kentucky player James Blackmon Sr., told Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star.

Blackmon Jr. played exceptionally well at the recent Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. He committed prior to his freshman year of high school and was Indiana’s lone commit for 2014.

He will reportedly still consider Indiana but is also planning on signing in the fall, meaning he could have somewhere else in mind.

“It won’t take until the spring,” he told the Indy Star.

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