Vonleh, a 6-9 forward from Massachusetts, is a year away from his Indiana debut, but the fact that he’s a signed, sealed and delivered Hoosier is a big deal.
Vonley said via an Internet-streamed press conference that, “I don’t want to have any numbers on my position. I want to be a basketball player who can do many things.”
If you’ve seen coach Tom Crean’s Hoosiers play, you know he puts a premium on versatility. It’s why, for instance, that 6-9 power forward Christian Watford sometimes guards point guards.
Vonleh said his goal at IU is to “win a national championship and get myself high in the mock (NBA) drafts.”
As far as when his plans on heading to the NBA, he said, “I just tell people however long it takes me to get to the NBA will be how long it will take.”
Vonleh also said IU recruited him the hardest and that “I fit in perfect to their style of play.”
Vonleh is the highest rated player signed by Crean at IU. Sophomore forward Cody Zeller was No. 12 by Scout.com in 2010.
Vonleh was one of five players to set sign with Indiana today as part of the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, another national Internet recruiting service.
The others are Virginia shooting guard Stanford Robinson (rated No. 50 nationally), Indianapolis small forwards Devin Davis (No. 122) and Collin Hartman (not ranked) and Wisconsin center Luke Fischer (No. 115).
Virginia forward Troy Williams (ranked No. 37) is set to sign on Monday.
Crean’s recruitment of Vonleh began last spring. Not coincidentally, it coincided with the hiring of assistant coach Kenny Johnson, whose strong East Coast recruiting connections have made a big impact on this recruiting class.
Vonleh, Williams and Robinson all committed after Johnson was hired.
IU’s class ranks No. 3 nationally by Rivals.com and Scout.com behind No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Kansas. The Hoosiers were ranked No. 20 until Vonleh committed last weekend.
CBSsports.com has the class at No. 4 behind Kentucky, Kansas and Memphis.