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Hoosiers sign up top class

IU’s six recruits for 2013 ranked 3rd-best in nation

For the second year in a row, Indiana landed one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

IU’s six-player class of 2013 is ranked No. 3 nationally by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.

“For a six-man class, this is a high-level class. You just have to love what (IU coach Tom) Crean is bringing in. Even with the anticipated departure of a guy like Cody Zeller, it doesn’t look like the Hoosiers are going to miss a beat,” said Brian Snow, Scout.com East Coast basketball recruiting analyst, in a phone interview Wednesday.

IU has three players ranked in Scout.com’s top 100 list, led by 6-foot-8 power forward Noah Vonleh (New Hampton (N.H.) Prep at No. 8.

He’ll be joined by 6-6 forwards Devin Davis (Warren Central) and Collin Hartman (Indianapolis Cathedral); 6-10 center Luke Fischer (Germantown, Wis.); 6-4 guard Stanford Robinson (Henderson, Nev.); and 6-6 forward Troy Williams.

Williams (Oak Hill Academy in Virginia) and Robinson are ranked 43rd and 59th by Scout.com.

Northrop’s Bryson Scott, Basil Smotherman and Kendall Stephens comprise Purdue’s class of 2013, which is ranked No. 23 overall by Scout.com and No. 26 overall by Rivals.com.

Scott, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 25.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a junior for the Bruins. He is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and listed at No. 88 overall. Stephens is a 6-5 guard from St. Charles (Ill.) East. He averaged better than 24 points per game as a junior and is ranked No. 66 overall by Scout.com. Smotherman, a 6-6 forward from Lawrence North, averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds last season.

Notre Dame’s four-man recruiting class is ranked No. 10 by Scout.com and No. 14 by Rivals.com.

Joining the Irish are New Haven’s V.J. Beachem, a 6-foot-6, 165-pound forward who averaged 20.8 points and 6.6 rebounds as a junior and is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com; Demetrius Jackson (Mishawaka Marian), a 6-1, 170-pound guard who averaged 22.3 points and 4.4 assists and is a five-star prospect; Steve Vasturia (St. Joseph’s Prep, Philadelphia), a 6-5, 190-pound guard who averaged 21 points and 9.3 rebounds as a junior and is a four-star prospect; and Austin Torres (Penn), a 6-7, 190-pound forward who averaged 10 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior.

At IPFWmen’s coach Tony Jasick expects at least one letter of intent, and women’s coach Chris Paul anticipates three.

Mo Evans, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Indianapolis Cathedral, orally committed to the Mastodons last month.

According to Indiana Recruiting Guide, Evans is “the best passer in the state. …He can break down defenses single-handedly and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands.”

South Side’s 5-11 All-SAC forward Ariana Simmons committed to the Mastodons’ women’s team last year. She averaged 14.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. Also expected to sign letters of intent are Brett Green, a 5-10 guard/forward from Mooresville who averaged nearly 11 points last season, and Rachel Rinehart, a 5-7 perennial All-NECC point guard from Angola who averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 assists and 5.8 steals last season.

Signing with Purdue were Ashley Morrissette, a 5-foot-9 guard from Twinsburg (Ohio) High School, and Bridget Perry, a 6-2 guard/wing from Indianapolis Roncalli High School. The Boilermakers’ recruiting class ranks 23rd nationally by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Notre Dame has the third-ranked class, according to Blue Star Basketball, with 5-7 guard Lindsay Allen; 6-4 center Diamond Thompson; and 6-3 forwards Kristina Nelson and Taya Reimer.

Ball State will announce its men’s recruits today, according to a men’s sports information representative.

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– Journal Gazette staff writers Tony Krausz, Steve Warden and Ben Smith contributed to this story.

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