January 25, 2007

Van Treese has IU on early list of schools

After yielding Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr., you'd think Lawrence North would be all tapped out for blue-chip level basketball talent. But that is far from the case.

Although the Wildcats might not be the hands down favorite to win another state title, they're in the mix, and players like Stephan Van Treese have helped them to an 8-5 record on the season.

The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Van Treese is pretty familiar with winning. He was only a freshman when Oden and Conley led North to a state title last year, but over the summer he helped lead his Indiana Elite 15 and Under squad to enormous success on the AAU circuit. The team won the Real Deal on the Hill, the Hoosier Shootout, the Tournament of Champions and the state AAU tournament. The Indiana Elite finished the year ranked second and made it to the elite eight of every tournament they played in.

So naturally, the early sets of 2009 rankings have given the Lawrence North standout some recognition. He currently sits as the eighth best prospect in his class and has been receiving the attention from schools that usually comes hand-in-hand with that type of distinction.

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