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Bloomington South's Anthony Leal commits to IU



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Bloomington South's Anthony Leal watches a teammate go up for a layup in the first half. Leal scored seven points as the Indiana Junior All-Stars lost to the Indiana Senior All-Stars 127-116 Wednesday night at New Castle High School. Phillip Steinmetz Buy Photos

Since IU basketball Coach Archie Miller took the job back in 2017, he’s recruited within the Hoosier state better than the likes of Purdue, Butler University and everyone else in the state.

On Friday afternoon, Bloomington native Anthony Leal made his announcement on Twitter to become Miller’s second in-state and overall commitment of the 2020 recruiting class. He chose IU over Stanford and had scholarship offers to Ohio State, Butler, Northwestern, Maryland, Xavier University and others.

Leal is a four-star shooting guard from Bloomington South High School and is ranked the highest by 247Sports at 96th overall and is the No. 1 player within the state of Indiana. With that No. 1 in-state ranking, Leal joins Romeo Langford as the second straight top-ranked in-state player choosing IU. 

As a junior, Leal averaged 19.9. points per game and helped lead Bloomington South to the IHSAA 4A semi-state. He was one of six players to be named to the core Indiana junior all-stars. Leal joins 3-star Culver Academies guard Trey Galloway to make up the 2020 IU recruiting class thus far.

One of the areas that IU lacked last season with 3-point shooting, which is one of the Leal's specialties. He’ll be able to step in with players like sophomore Rob Phinisee and junior Al Durham beside him and be relied on to hit the open shot while helping spread the defense.

With the 2019-20 season yet to begin, the commitment of Leal has helped give hope to the future of the program in the years to follow.

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