At the adidas May Classic in Bloomington this weekend, Van Treese showed why he's ranked among the Top 50 prospects in the Class of 2009. Though he comes off the bench for his Indiana Elite AAU program, a team that includes Duke commit Mason Plumlee, Purdue commit DJ Byrd and IU commit Bobby Capobianco, Van Treese is the guy that provides energy and hustle for his team.
"I think my speed as a big man – I think I run the floor real well and I try to make everyone else run. I try to be the tone setter," Van Treese said. "I try to get everybody moving and ready to play. I can get out and run on the break and I just try to outhustle everyone on the floor."
Off the court, Van Treese has a good handle on his recruitment. He's narrowed his list to five elite-level programs – UCLA, Kansas, Louisville, Indiana and Ohio State – and will likely pick one of the schools later this summer.
"I'm neutral with all my schools right now," said Van Treese. "I'm really just trying to get comfortable with all the coaches and get to know everyone. That's why I cut my list down to five so I can focus on those five schools. I don't see any other schools coming in. I think these schools fit my style. "
Van Treese has already made an unofficial visits to Louisville, Indiana and Kansas and briefly met with new IU coach Tom Crean while at the adidas May Classic this weekend.
"UCLA, Kansas and Indiana are the ones really recruiting me hard. I talk to Ohio State and Louisville just not as much as I do those other three," Van Treese said. "I'm just now really starting to talk to Coach (Tom) Crean. I'm looking forward to watching how all the coaches play their forwards."
The home state Hoosiers might be the team to beat when Van Treese sits down to make a decision, though UCLA is said to be making a strong push of late. Louisville, Kansas and Ohio State are all solidly in the mix.
"I really want to make my official visits," Van Treese said. "I'm trying to maybe make my decision by August – definitely before my basketball season for my school. I want to get everything out of the way. My relationship with the coach will be important. I just want to be comfortable with everything. I just want to be comfortable where I'm at."