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Draft Profile: Noah Vonleh

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Scouting Report

Vonleh checks off many of the characteristics you look for in a power forward. He’s big. He’s strong. He has great hands that are enormous. He can shoot. He can post. He can defend. The only true negative to his game, at least on the surface, is that he doesn’t possess great athleticism. He reminds me a little bit of Tristan Thompson, but with a better offensive repertoire. Vonleh only notched a 31-inch standing vertical leap at the Combine. It’s clear on film that he lacks explosiveness off the floor at both ends of the court. However, his elite length and hands can oftentimes make up for that lack of explosiveness, both from a defensive and rebounding standpoint. Vonleh’s offensive game is very diverse. He has range that could expand to NBA 3-point territory in due time, but in the immediate future he will make an impact up to 20 feet out. He can also score on the block and on face-ups. He has a strong handle and can finish with both hands. He has very good touch and can kiss hooks off the glass with both hands. What stands out to me most about his offensive game, outside of his perimeter shooting, is his patience. He does not rush things and takes his time with his moves. That’s a great attribute. He uses his body very well. He is not a very talented passer at this time. Vonleh is a max-effort guy with a very high motor. He really plays hard and cares about both ends of the court, though he can certainly improve greatly at both ends. He’s going to need to improve his screening at the NBA level, which is critical for pick-and-rolls or pick-and-pops. Defensively, he can contribute some blocks off of help defense. He doesn’t always do the necessary work early on while defending the post. A lot of these issues can easily be fixed. Everyone must keep in mind that Vonleh is still only 18 years old and is learning the game. His youth shows but that should subside as he gains more experience.

Biography

New Englanders may be already be familiar with Vonleh, who was born on Aug. 24, 1995 in Haverill, Mass. and spent his entire youth in the region. He is the son of Samuel Vonleh and Renell Kumeh and has two siblings. Vonleh went to high school at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H. He averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists during his senior season. Those numbers led to him becoming a McDonald’s All-American and being ranked 13th on the ESPN 100 list. He was recruited heavily by northeastern powerhouses like UConn and Syracuse, but eventually committed to play at Indiana under Tom Crean. Vonleh averaged 11.3 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game during his freshman season. He was chosen as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and made the All-Big Ten Third Team. He announced on April 3 that he would enter the 2014 NBA Draft.