Vonleh, Williams in Jordan Brand Classic

In the wake of Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller departing for the NBA, start getting a look at some of next year’s Hoosiers Saturday night at 8 o’clock on ESPN2 with the Jordan Brand Classic.

IU signees Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh are teammates on the West squad, along with three Kentucky recruits. Of course, there are three Kentucky recruits on the East squad as well.

The 6-foot-9 Vonleh previously took part recently in the McDonald’s All-American game and will also represent the United States at the Nike Hoop Summit on April 20.

The 6-6 Williams will follow up the Jordan Brand appearance by participating in the Derby Festival Classic on April 19 with the four remaining members, besides Vonleh, of Indiana’s 2013 recruiting class.

8 comments

  1. They did well, in the limited playing time they got. Williams looked extremely quick/athletic and Vonleh looked like a kid who could rebound and dunk anything. I didn’t watch all of it but the little I saw I was pleased, even though allstar games usually mean nothing. Kentucky will be legit again, their class is loaded with real deal 1 and dones.

  2. Thanks, Bombay. Yeah, about the only defense you ever see in these games is someone trying to send a blocked shot into the stands. So you can only take so much away from these performances when just about everybody’s going for style over substance. HMP isn’t very polished offensively–to put it mildly– but from what little Ive seen and read, he and Vonleh should be some rebounding machines next year. We’ll need that when scoring is more at a premium.

  3. “All of these young men will have very bright futures in college. Whether it’s Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh going to Indiana or Kasey Hill and Chris Walker heading to Florida, these 22 players will make big impacts on their teams, even as freshmen.” -BleacherReport.com

  4. watched the whole game. Williams hit the only ( what i would have called ) contested jumpshot ;to the Right of the lane, going up over a defender and hiotting it just inside the 3-point line. Noah Vonleh ,they said, is 6’9 with a “wingspan of 74 inches. they Listed Williams as 1 of the top 5 Athletes from both teams. Vonleh needs to work on his Mid-range shot and his free throw shooting was 1 for 4 here following an 0-4 at the McDonald’s. John Randle’s reason for going to the UK is so he can walk IN the front door and out the back on way to NBA

  5. TJ – not trying to be a dink… But a 6’9″ guy with a 74 inch wingspan would look pretty funny… Like T-Rex. He has 7’4″ wingspan (88 inches).

    I think Noah will be a decent FT shooter next year. It isn’t a matter of form or rotation. I think he just was juiced up playing on national TV both times. He’ll get used to that early next season. He wasn’t great, but I think he shot around 65% on the season.

    (Are you talking about Julius Randle? That kid is a stud.)

  6. yes Geoff….it is Julius….and I swear the TV moderators said Vonleh had a 74 inch wingspan…also said he rebounded like a starving child at a thanksgiving feast…especially on the offensive board

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