’20 Indiana Guard Anthony Leal Discusses Iowa Visit, Offer

September 16, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Give Iowa credit. It’s not afraid entering enemy territory for recruits.

The Hawkeyes played host to Class of 2020 shooting guard Anthony Leal this weekend. They offered the Bloomington (IN) South High standout a scholarship during the stop.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but really excited. I felt it may be coming as the visit went on. It means a lot. Coach (Fran) McCaffery is really doing something special over at Iowa and it meant a lot getting such a big offer,” he told HawkeyeNation.com.

Xavier, Bradley and Evansville also have extended opportunities to Leal (6-4, 185). The home-town Hoosiers have been evaluating him but not yet offered.

That allows the Hawkeyes to continue building a relationship with Leal, who runs with Indiana Elite on the Adidas Gauntlet AAU circuit. He knows they believe him him.

“The campus and players were all so welcoming. It was a great place, much greater than I was expecting. I liked their investment in me and my game and showing me how well I’d fit into their system,” Leal said.

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He is a well-rounded player but his ability to hit shots from deep highlights his game. Leal and the Hawkeye coaches see him as a good fit for the system.

“I like their style and the direction they’re moving in putting versatile shooters on the floor. They see me fitting in the guard spot as a guy who could utilize my versatility offensively and defensively,” he said.

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There’s no doubt Iowa is standing out to Leal after the visit and offer. The high school junior us not rushing his recruiting process, however.

“I’m approaching it with a completely open mindset, just trying to take in the blessing I have to travel and see all these different places that are interested in me as a student and ball player,” he said.

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Leal earned honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore, averaging 14.4 points per game. The 247 network has him ranked as the No. 81 player nationally in the ’20 class, while Rivals put him at No. 122.

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