Bloomington – Stephan Van Treese has plenty of people who want him to be a Hoosier.
First, there's AAU teammate Bobby Capobianco, who committed to play for the Hoosiers last month. Van Treese was one of the first people Capobianco called after making his commitment, and he tried to sell him on the idea of teaming up in Bloomington.
"Every once in a while he'll say he needs a roommate, but he doesn't put on too much pressure," Van Treese said.
The real pressure is applied by Van Treese's older brother, Nathan, who is already an IU student. Whenever Stephan comes to town to visit his older sibling, he gets an earful from him as well as his roommates about the virtues of being a Hoosier.
"I get it pretty bad from my brother whenever I am in town," Van Treese said.
The question that Van Treese is going to have to answer, though, is whether or not he wants to be a Hoosier. The 6'8 ½", 220-pound forward from Indianapolis' Lawrence North H.S. has Indiana in his top five, but he's also giving serious consideration to Kansas, UCLA, Ohio State and Louisville as well.
While others in the 2009 class are beginning to pick their college destinations, Van Treese appears content to take his time before making his choice.
"Everything is neutral right now," Van Treese said. "I'm trying to get comfortable with the coaches and get my official visits in. I'm not in any hurry to commit."
Van Treese's five finalists figure he's well worth the wait. While his junior season averages of 11.6 points and 9.7 rebounds are relatively modest compared to other big names in the '09 class, Van Treese is still the 36th-ranked player nationally according to Scout.com. He runs the floor well, is explosive around the basket and clearly has the tools to be special at the collegiate level.
Van Treese has grown up in Indiana and has been an IU fan, but he's just now getting familiar with new coach Tom Crean. The two have talked on the phone, and Van Treese had originally planned to have a sit down with the first-year Hoosier coach last Friday before the start of the Adidas May Classic. But Van Treese said he was late getting out of Indianapolis, and by the time he got into town Crean was already meeting with a handful of other recruits. Van Treese joined in the meeting, but he's still looking forward to getting some one-on-one time with Crean.
While that meeting will have to wait, Van Treese said it's clear that IU's interest in him hasn't wavered.
"I know he's interested," Van Treese said.
So are many others. Van Treese recently whittled down a lengthy list to his five finalists, a quintet of schools that have big-name coaches and big-time reputations. Two of the most formidable recruiting opponents figure to be Kansas and UCLA, a pair of schools that Van Treese has spoken very highly of in recent months.
"It's overwhelming because with those schools they have great traditions, a lot like the tradition at Indiana," Van Treese said.
Van Treese Is Worth the Wait
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