NBA projection: Vonleh is projected to be taken among the top 10 players in the draft.
Vonleh was voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year and third-team All-Big Ten by the league’s coaches and media after leading the league in rebounding and finishing third in field-goal percentage and eighth in blocked shots.
Key statistics: 11.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, 2.1 tpg, 26.5 mpg, .452 FG, .485 3PT, .716 FT
Cool statistic: Vonleh became the first Indiana freshman since Christian Watford in 2009-10 to start his career with a pair of double-doubles (11 points, 14 rebounds against Chicago State; 17 points, 11 boards vs. LIU-Brooklyn.
Reminds me of: Chris Bosh
What Insiders Say
Indiana coach Tom Crean
“We've put our time into helping him become better, but he has worked as hard or harder than anybody has worked with him. He has got an uncommon work ethic for his age. I'll give you one example. I've never coached a freshman as an assistant coach or head coach in the time that I've coached that dives into the film and studies film like he does, and not just the film that we watch as a group but the film that he watches.”
What Outsiders Say
Illinois coach John Groce
“Vonleh is such a great player. He's a great rebounder, great athlete, and has such a good skill set.”
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If taking Saric is too scary for teams, there are alternatives, like Indiana's Noah Vonleh. The freshman wowed pro scouts in his one college season, winning Big 10 Freshman of the Year honors (11 points, 9 rebounds per game). He has a 7-foot-3 wingspan and potential pouring out of him. A mid-lottery appearance is certainly possible.
"When it's all said and done, I think you're going to find most teams are that high on Vonleh," one team executive said. "He's going to be a guy that character wise is exceptional. He has high basketball integrity. High work ethic. Just an all-around great kid. I think he has one of the best upsides of anybody in the draft. Some would tell you if he hits his upside you could be looking a future LaMarcus Aldridge." More>>