According to a CBSSports report, Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh has declared for the NBA draft this upcoming summer. Although he couldn’t help his team reach the NCAA Tournament, Vonleh proved enough in just one season at Indiana that he is ready to take his game to the next level.
Vonleh is a 6’10” power forward with a 7’3″ wingspan that brings a lot of skill, athleticism and upside to the NBA. Vonleh led the Big Ten in rebounding pulling down nine per game and that production helped him win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year from both the coaches and the media.
According to NBADraft.net, the draft projection for Noah Vonleh would be 6th overall by the Boston Celtics. I find this to be a very interesting draft projection because after learning more about Vonleh’s skill set, I’m very intrigued by the idea of having him here in Boston if Joel Embiid is still uncertain about his future in the NBA. Just for the fact that Vonleh grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts (a suburb 45 minutes north of Boston) playing for the Celtics and remaining close to home.
Vonleh finished 3rd on the Hoosiers with an average of 11.3 points per game this season, while making 52.3 percent of his field goal attempts. He has also hit 48.5 percent on his 3-point shots on total attempts as well. Vonleh has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor whether it is a jump shot, down in the post or just simply being aggressive enough to get himself to the free throw line.
As great as Vonleh plays offensively, he is a much better player defensively. As I stated earlier, Vonleh led the Big Ten with 9.0 rebounds per game and 8th in the Big Ten with 1.4 blocks per game. One NBA Eastern Conference scout noted Vonleh as a player that has a smart defensive I.Q. level that can move his feet quickly.
After learning more about Noah Vonleh within the last few days, I’ve been really impressed with what he will bring to the NBA once he is drafted. I haven’t been to sold on this year’s NBA draft class, but Vonleh has a really good skill set that the Boston Celtics have been in dire need of all season long. With his great rim protecting abilities and can create his own shot will be a key factor when it will be the Celtics’ time to draft.
We at TitleTownTalk hope that the Haverhill native will have a long and successful NBA career no matter where he ends up. Hopefully here with the Celtics.