New Hampton (N.H.) forward Noah Vonleh told ESPN Senior Basketball Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep earlier today that he will be reclassifying back to the Class of 2013 from his current class of 2014, to be ready to play college basketball for the 2013-14 season.
"I'm ready academically to go back up to 2013," Vonleh told Telep. "I just have to change an English class and I'll be ready to graduate. I'm more mature as a basketball player and as a person.
"From a basketball standpoint, I'm working even harder and I'm ready to go to college. I have a better understanding of what it takes to be good and be a student of the game."
Vonleh, a 6-foot-8 Haverhill resident, was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2011 after averaging 18.4 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks for his sophomore season at Haverhill High. He transferred to the New Hampton, N.H. campus over the summer of 2011, and re-classified to the 2014 class.
Ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect nationally in ESPN's "Super 60" 2014 rankings, Vonleh will move to No. 7 in the ESPN 100, which ranks the top high school seniors.
The move also makes him eligible for the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game, which maintains a policy of only qualifying seniors in their fourth year of high school. Tilton (N.H.) swingman Wayne Selden made a similar move this summer, switching back to the 2013 class, and along with Vonleh is considered a favorite to be named to the game.
Vonleh also told Telep that Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio State are currently working the hardest in their recruitment of him.
For Telep's full report on Vonleh's decision today, CLICK HERE.
New Hampton also released its own statement on Vonleh's decision today, which you can find by clicking HERE. Below is an excerpt:
Regarded as one of the top basketball high school basketball prospects in the nation, Vonleh enjoyed a solid first year of play in the highly competitive NEPSAC Class AAA League and followed up with a stellar summer playing for the Mass Rivals AAU program. He also competed in various camps and invitationals, including the Adidas Nations where he earned MVP honors. Vonleh, who originally reclassified to 2014 to gain another year of physical, emotional, and athletic maturity, believes he is ready to make the jump to college.
"When I left Haverhill High after my sophomore year, I wasn't sure how my game would develop and how much I would mature physically and emotionally," Vonleh said. "I thought going to 2014 would be the best thing for me as I went off to boarding school and enrolled at New Hampton. My mom and I have continually tracked my progress. This summer we looked at things from an NCAA eligibility status, and it was easy. With one change to my schedule, an English class, I am able to graduate with the class of 2013."