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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Anthony Leal stays home at IU, while Pack, Powell pick collegiate destinations

By: , August 12, 2019, 11:54 am

The schoolboy sensation is staying home in B-Town for his college hoops career. Panther pride has gone Cream & Crimson.

Bloomington South senior off-guard Anthony Leal, the No. 1 prospect in the state’s Class of 2020 and the early frontrunner for Mr. Basketball, committed to Indiana University late last week. The 6-foot-5 smooth operator in the backcourt with mad hops and sick shooting skills chose the hometown Hoosiers over going out west to Stanford. He’s the first baller from Bloomington in a decade to earn a scholarship to IU and crushes opposing defenders with consistency.

Leal averaged 20 points, five rebounds and three assists per game (while hitting for 55 percent from the field) as a junior in 2019 on a Panthers squad that won a sectional. This winter, the consensus four-star recruit will most likely become South’s all-time leading scorer, passing former teammate Chance Coyle (Southern Indiana). He joins Culver Academy’s Trey Galloway as recent in-state additions to IU head coach Archie Miller’s 2020 recruiting stable.

Galloway is the state’s No. 2-ranked prospect and arguably the state’s best shooter while also being an athletic finisher at the rim just like Leal — he committed in July. The pair have played AAU ball together.

Can you say FIRRRRRRRRRRE for the future of guard play at historic Assembly Hall?

Other big summer recruiting news:

Nijel Pack (Lawrence Central G) — The 6-foot-0 floor general committed to Kansas State. Pack is as a pure of a point guard as you can find in Hoosierland, just the consummate gritty playmaker and coach-on-the-floor. He’s a sleeper pick in the 2020 Mr. Basketball race.

Kiyron Powell (Evansville Bosse F/C)— Maybe the state’s most exciting post prospect, Powell committed to the University of Houston. An elite rim protector, the 6-foot-9 paint prowler oozes upside. A true SIR-SWAT-A-LOT SPECIAL!!