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Noah Vonleh commits to Indiana University

You only get one chance to make a first impression, when Indiana made their pitch to Vonleh it was simple and straight forward.  There were no private jets involved nor cameras that followed the process, it was simply,  “Mr. Vonleh this is what we can do to prepare you for the next level.”  Vonleh liked what he heard and informed Indiana, the Hoosiers would be the first official visit on his schedule.

Vonleh couldn’t have picked at a better time to visit Indiana. Vonleh was present at Assembly Hall during Indiana’s first home game of the 2012-2013 season.  Vonleh states “The crowd was screaming we want Noah!!  It was the best feeling, I couldn’t do anything but smile.”

“I really liked Indiana a lot since they came into my recruitment and Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson showed me how they will prepare me for the next level.”

Preparation is key,  AAU Coach Vin Pastore was able to prepare Vonleh’s game as a forward who is comfortable with the ball in his hands.  This has made Vonleh one of the best prospects in the country.

Some have questions about what position Vonleh will play when he starts his collegiate career. “They told me I can come in and play either forward position and I will be the main guy to help replace Cody Zeller and Christian Watford”

“I would like to give a special thanks to God, my mother and father, Vin Pastore, Pete Hutchins, Scott hazelton, and Mike Trovato as well as all my family and friends that have supported me throughout the process.”

Thanks again HoopDreamsMag.com Im a Hoosier.

 

 


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NIKE EYBL The Circuit // 2012 Season Recap

There are tournaments… and then there is the NIKE EYBL. This is The Circuit.

From countless players on countless courts to coaches dedicating countless hours to shape them, there are different levels of basketball – and the one above them all is the NIKE EYBL.

On the Circuit, the players face the toughest of competition, but it’s the coaches who must navigate hundreds of games, 4 cities and 40 of the best teams in the country… All to be one of the Elite 24 teams to reach the NIKE EYBL Peach Jam Finals.


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Alex Oriakhi 2.0

 

Oriakhi, a 6’9″ post player, played at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, Alex was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.

Following his high school career, Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. Alex started most of his freshman season, averaging 5.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  At the close of the season, he was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team.

As a sophomore, Oriakhi raised his game to average 9.9 points, 8.7 rebounds (second in the Big East) and 1.6 blocks per game (7th in the Big East). Oriahki was the main post presence for the Huskies when they won the 2011 Big East Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tournament. As a junior, Oriakhi saw his minutes decrease with the addition of highly recruited freshman Andre Drummond.  Oriakhi’s production dropped as well, as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

After the season, Oriakhi announced his intentions to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies’ 2013 ban on postseason play.  He will be eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season.  Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri where he would team up with AAU teammate Phil Pressey , seems like things have paid off, Oriakhi has made  great improvements with his body as well as his workout with Pro/Elite skills trainer KP.

Look for Alex to play a major role, as Missouri looks to make another run towards the NCAA tournament.

 

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NCAA adding Division II and III titles games to Final Four weekend

It truly will be March Madness in Atlanta next spring. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NCAA Tournament, the organization announced Thursday that it will move the Division II and Division III championship games to Atlanta during Final Four weekend.

The 2013 Final Four games will be held Saturday, April 6, at the Georgia Dome with the championship game on Monday, April 8. On Sunday’s off day, the NCAA will hold the Division II and Division III championship games at Philips Arena.

“This is a first in the history of NCAA basketball, and our membership is energized to play all three men’s championships games in the same city during the same weekend as a unique and special way to celebrate 75 years of March Madness,” Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president of championships and alliances, said in a statement. “This is a chance for us to highlight the entire collegiate athletics experience through the platform of men’s basketball.”