J.R. Angle became the second-youngest player to ever commit to Iowa. Jeff Horner still holds the record after committing shortly after he was offered at the FutureStars Shootout at Drake during Easter weekend of his freshman year.
Angle is on course to become another in a long line of Indiana high school basketball legends. J.R. shot his way to a 23.9 scoring average during his freshman campaign. That places him slightly ahead of Damon Bailey's career scoring record pace. Another Indiana high school legend, Steve Alford, picked up on J.R.'s performance and pulled the trigger on an early Iowa offer.
Larry Angle, J.R.'s father and coach has a long history with the Alford family. He coached against Steve's father, Sam, for many years. He also coached Steve and the Indiana All Stars in 1983, Steve's senior season.
Larry Angle said, "As a coach, I could have sent J.R. to several schools where he could have received expert instruction. But, as a father, I want to be able to be able to put my head on a pillow at night knowing how my son will be treated. I know how Sam raised Steve and therefore, I have a comfort level with J.R. at Iowa. Any time J.R. misses a class or does anything wrong I know that he will be in Steve's office the following day. As a father, that is what I want. I would want J.R. with the Alford's if Steve and Sam were coaching at Northwest Nowhere. Therefore, I think that this is the greatest thing ever"
J.R., the six foot six sharpshooter, said, "Although Iowa is the only school to offer me, I've heard from Kansas, Purdue, Indiana, UCLA and Kentucky."
Indiana Basketball News ranks Angle the second best player in his class.
That's my take, but what do I know?