Top prospect Noah Vonleh reclassifies, joins class of 2013

acarter@newsobserver.comSeptember 24, 2012 

Noah Vonleh was already receiving considerable attention from some of the top college basketball programs in the nation. Now his recruitment is likely to become even more frenetic.

Vonleh, a 6-foot-9 forward from Haverhill, Mass., had been one of the top prospects in the class of 2014. Now he’ll be one of the top prospects in the class of 2013. He recently reclassified, which will allow him to graduate high school a year earlier than anticipated, according to Rivals.com and other websites that cover recruiting.

North Carolina and several other high-profile schools have been heavily recruiting Vonleh, whom Rivals.com had ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2014. Connecticut, UCLA, Syracuse and Kansas are also among schools pursuing Vonleh, according to Rivals.

It’s unclear how his reclassification might affect the Tar Heels’ pursuit. North Carolina already has two commitments from the class of 2013: Isaiah Hicks, a forward from Oxford, and Nate Britt, a point guard from Washington, D.C.

Vonleh is the latest player from a northeast high school to reclassify. Nerlens Noel, a New Hampshire center who reclassified from the class of 2013 to 2012, was considered the top prospect in the nation when he signed in the spring with Kentucky.

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