Fast facts: IU’s new 2020 commit, Anthony Leal

Bloomington South’s Anthony Leal is going to be a Hoosier.

Here are some facts and figures on the 6-foot-5 guard.

A ‘two or ‘three’

IU’s coaches have told Leal they plan to use him as a wing, either at the two or the three positions.

“Someone who can guard anywhere on the perimeter and space the floor and shoot the ball,” Leal said.

Leal certainly has the potential to heat up from beyond the 3-point line. He logged 11 games with three or more 3s in 2018-19.


That is Leal’s overall success rate from 3 as a junior, but it’s not his best mark.

As a sophomore, Leal hit 51.1 percent from beyond the arc. Granted, he was South’s secondary scorer at the time, and opposing defenses were mostly geared toward stopping Chance Coyle. (now at Southern Indiana)

The adjustment from No. 2 scorer to No. 1 wasn’t easy for Leal. His first two games in ’18-19, both losses, he put up 12 shots from 3-point range and missed 11. So the rest of the way, Leal shot well above 40 percent from deep.

Can Leal be the 3-point shooter he’s been at the high school level, sans the poor start of his junior season? His high school coach, J.R. Holmes, thinks so.

“I think now he’s been through a year where he’s been ‘the guy’ that other teams are targeting,” Holmes said. “I would look for him to have a very solid senior year.”


While the 3-point shot has been Leal’s calling card, he spent much of his junior season trying to prove he wasn’t a one-dimensional player.

He spent more time attacking the basket, and this number — 66.8 percent on 2-point shots — shows how much he improved in that regard. He wasn’t much of a dunker in previous seasons, but he had a few two-handed finishes as a junior.

Sometimes, those drives weren’t always to Holmes’ liking. He ended up passing up some good 3-point looks in favor of a more aggressive play, often times dribbling into more traffic than necessary.

But Leal continues to grow, searching for the proper balance between his jump shot and his dribble drives. He could maybe develop something in between, too.

“He’ll have to continue to work on his drive and pull-up jump shot rather than trying to get all the way to the basket,” Holmes said. “There are going to be more bigger bodies meeting him there than in high school. That’s a lost art (the pull-up). I think that’s something he can really improve on.”


If Leal can continue to grow as a scorer, this number could skyrocket.

Leal’s career points total, 1,143, is just 410 short of South’s overall record, held by his former teammate Coyle.

So if the Panthers play 28 games, like last season, Leal would have to average 14.6 points per game to sit atop South’s all-time list. He produced 19.9 points per in ’18-19 on his way to being a “core” Indiana Junior All-Star.


That is the number of games South has won during Leal’s three years, all seasons of 20-plus wins.

Of course, Leal plays for the winningest coach in Indiana high school basketball history. The Panthers have been sectional champions the last five seasons.

“I’m glad that he has decided where he wants to go and we got that out of the way before we start senior year,” Holmes said. “He has to worry about the purple and white instead of the cream and crimson.”

14th of December

Speaking of Leal’s senior year, this is a date Hoosier fans are going to want to reserve.

On Dec. 14, South will travel to Southport and play Culver Academies at the Tipoff Classic. The Eagles, of course, are led by a fellow IU recruit and Leal’s AAU teammate, Trey Galloway.

It will be an 8:30 p.m. tip.

“That’s hopefully going to be a really cool atmosphere and a really good experience. We’ve never actually played against each other in a high school game,” Leal said. “That will be a fun thing to do our senior year, and to be able to go against Coach (Mark) Galloway, who is someone I’ve gotten really close with, too. It’s going to be really fun to go out there and compete.”


  1. IU will have some big, tall, strong and long guards for defense in the future. I had the good fortune to live in Chicago for the “Jordan Years”! Michael was unreal. But what led to the Championships was the “Junk Yard Dogs” or Doberman Defense of Michael, Scottie and Harper. It was very hard to start an offense in the half court! Al is 6’4 and very long; Armaan is 6’4 and very long and tough, both Trey and Anthony are 6’5 and each big and tough. Each of them “believes” in defense! Archie may have what he wants!

  2. Don’t forget Rodman…He was a force on the glass and a superb long defender. When Rodman was taken out of a game for a supposed “breather,” he’d jump on an exercise bike behind the bench to stay ready and limber. He made the Bulls fun….and unique. Politics and eccentricity aside, the man was a stunning athlete who was instrumental to the Bulls second three-peat.

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