Bloomington’s own Anthony Leal is staying home.
After recently sharing a final two that included Stanford, the 6-foot-5 South High School product announced his verbal commitment to Indiana University on Friday afternoon via Twitter.
Indiana by birth, Hoosier by choice. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kR0E5f8vdu
— Anthony Leal🧘🏽♂️ (@anthonyl3al) August 9, 2019
Archie Miller and the IU coaching staff have been recruiting Leal for well over a year and offered a long awaited scholarship in April.
Now the local kid turned Hoosier will follow in the footsteps of other Bloomington natives to IU including Jared Jeffries and Jordan Hulls.
Leal is a four-star recruit according to the 247Sports Composite. That service ranks him as the No. 96 player nationally and the No. 1 player in the state of Indiana in the 2020 class.
Perhaps best known as a shooter, Leal is a very good athlete that can finish at the rim. A cerebral player, the shooting guard is an intense competitor, has a high motor, and is effective in transition on both ends.
On defense Leal will provide good length on the perimeter while being fundamentally sound in executing Miller’s pack-line scheme.
As a junior at Bloomington South, Leal averaged 19.9 points per game. He made 55% of his shots on the 2018-19 season including 38% from long range. He added 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per contest.
South head coach J.R. Holmes gave this assessment of Leal on The Hoosier Report with Matt Denison earlier this week:
“His game has been elevated from a pure three-point shooter to a overall scorer with the ability to drive and dunk and get to the free throw line.”
Holmes went on to say that becoming more consistent will be a key area of improvement for Leal during his senior season.
Leal becomes the second player to commit to Indiana in the class of 2020, following in the footsteps of good friend, AAU teammate, and fellow in-state product Trey Galloway. The pair should be in the group of front runners for the 2020 Indiana Mr. Basketball.
WIth Leal and Galloway now committed, Miller will likely focus on filling the remaining two scholarships in the class of 2020 with a point guard and/or big men.
Check back with The Daily Hoosier later today for quotes from Leal on his decision.
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