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Friday, August 09, 2019 6:30 pm

Top 2020 in-state recruit Anthony Leal chooses IU

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana basketball added a commitment to its 2020 recruiting class Friday when four-star Bloomington guard Anthony Leal chose the Hoosiers over Stanford. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound Leal attends Bloomington South High School and is the top in-state prospect in the 2020 class, per 247sports.com. He's the 96th-ranked player in the country and is the second player to commit to the Hoosiers within the last two weeks, joining AAU teammate Trey Galloway from Culver.

"Growing up as a kid, playing for IU was something I could only imagine in my dreams,” Leal told the Indianapolis Star. "Now that I have the opportunity to achieve that dream and hopefully inspire people of all ages, it feels so right to be able to say I am a Hoosier and be a leader in returning Indiana basketball to its reputation of success and pride that I and so many people like me fell in love with in the past."

Leal and Galloway are the two commits in Indiana's 2020 class right now, but they are good enough by themselves to propel the class to No. 14 nationally. Leal's commitment also makes four straight Hoosiers recruits – Trayce Jackson-Davis and Armaan Franklin in 2019 and Leal and Galloway in 2020 – that are in-state products. Miller has landed seven Indiana recruits in his tenure with the Hoosiers.

"Thank you to Coach Miller and his staff for investing in me and giving me the chance to live my childhood dream of being a Hoosier," Leal wrote on Twitter.

Leal averaged 19.9 points per game as a junior at Bloomington South and was named an Indiana Junior All-Star. He is a big-time outside shooter and will provide much-needed floor spacing going forward, which was a huge issue for the Hoosiers throughout the 2018-19 season.

Galloway becomes the first Indiana commitment from Bloomington since Jordan Hulls made the choice to play for his hometown school beginning in 2009. If Leal is half the player Hulls turned out to be, I bet that Indiana fans will be pleased with this commitment.

The Hoosiers are set to have four scholarship spots open heading into the 2020-21 season, so there is still room for two more recruits to join Galloway and Leal in the class. Indiana is working hard to land 6-foot-7 power forward Matt Cross from Massachusetts and are also in on five-star point guard Caleb Love, a top 30 recruit nationally. Miller has the makings of a solid class, but the Hoosiers have to finish it off this year. In 2019, they got commitments from Jackson-Davis and Franklin relatively early and then were spurned by several of their top targets after that. 

dsinn@jg.net