2014 forward Noah Vonleh talks IU, improving game

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Ma.), the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2014 according to ESPN.com, said he wants a program that develops players and helps them eventually get to the NBA.

He sees that in Indiana.

“They are starting to have a lot of guys going to the NBA soon,” Vonleh told Inside the Hall. “Coach Crean said they love to work out their players. They are in the gym all the time and work on different stuff to get them ready for the next level, so that sounds pretty good.”

The 6-foot-8 power forward said the Hoosiers are among the schools pursuing him hardest, along with Arizona, Boston College, Providence and Connecticut.

He received a text on Friday morning from a member of the IU coaching staff.

“They have some good players that could possibly go to the NBA,” he said of IU. “They develop players over there to get them ready for the next level.”

Vonleh has been one of the most impressive players at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, held this week at the University of Virginia. He’s attacked the basket hard and has been just as effective from beyond the arc.

“My AAU coach, he wants us to play hard all the time,” Vonleh said. “It comes from there. I just like playing hard and competing.”

Vonleh – who said he has no visits planned at this time – is averaging 9.8 points and 5.8 rebounds through four games of the camp.

Despite his lofty national ranking, Vonleh believes there is plenty of room for growth in his game.

“I need to get my ballhandling better, keep getting my shot better, keep rebounding and work on everything. Develop a midrange game, too,” he said. “I’ve been able to shoot threes for a while, but it’s getting better. I’m going to keep working on it.”

  • SCHoosier

    Any kid ranked number 1 in the class probably has “one and done” in his mind. I’m ok with recruiting somebody like that IF he’s the missing piece to a possible final four year. Given our roster issues..having one guy for one year might make sense. Noah reminds me a little of Bob Love..use to play for the Bulls..long lean..lopes around the court..very smooth with all his moves. If you watch the video..wait till the end where they have an index of other player highlites..check out the one on Perea…..if Hanner develops and outside jumper..the world is his oyster (assuming he can play D)

  • Luke72

    Looks like a one and done to me! My hope is that the NBA will chage their rules so players stay two years at the college level. Really believe it’s in the best interest of the kids.

  • Luke72

    Looks like a one and done to me! My hope is that the NBA will chage their rules so players stay two years at the college level. Really believe it’s in the best interest of the kids.

  • Kelin Blab

    Looks like for 2014 we are aiming for some of the top kids in the country. I love it, some are in state and some are out.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    If we added Vonleh, then Jaquan would follow suit, and then Russell or Alexander. I like them both. Alexander is a monster, to have the athleticism he has at his size is preposterous. Anyway, that class would be absolutely tremendous. I’m glad we’re at least in the running for a lot of high level guys, I’d be fine with Pinson instead of Russell (though I think he’s Duke bound) or, of course, Tyus Jones over Lyle. Just saying, should be a special class. I’d wager, at this point, it’d be top 3 for sure.

  • IU5PU0

    Trey and Noah…that would be a TON of versatility.

  • HoosierKen73

    Are yoi kidding me? Hanner is a monster on defense…In one of these posts, he had agame with like 10 blocked shots and 12 rebounds….from everthing I’ve read, he’s a great defender and rebounder…very long arms…maybe not proportionately as long as Patterson… I read he’s a plus 10 or better…and can jump through the roof….that’s pretty awesome. I agree wih the first post here on Vonleh, except I’d go a bit farther to say…that’d give us, by far, the best front court in the country bar none. Can you omagine…PJ will likely still be around then…probably even Fisher…don’t think they’re ‘one and dones’..
    I read recently, that Trey Lyles is now 6′ 10″ in shoes..he’ll likely be around 6′ 11″ or so by the time he graduates…We get this guy, we’re going to be very hard to handle, especially with the front court guys we’re recruiting. Fantastic stuff.
    Go Coach Crean…and Go Hoosiers!!!

  • http://twitter.com/clsinn Clayton Sinn

    talk about some handles for a power forward.. that would be scary.

  • sireric

    Are we seriously in contention for this kid?! Can you imagine a class of Trey, James, Vonleh, and maybe Lyle or Russell. We’d be talkin one of the all time best classes. Come to Bloomington Noah!

  • marcusgresham

    He’s quite a bit thicker from the shoulders down than he appears to be in the photo at the top of the story. I’d say though, if wants to become an NBA player he’ll need to continue to work on his game from the perimeter (which already looks pretty solid,) because 6’8″ is a bit short to play the 4.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    Would be great to get Noah to jump onboard as well. Kid looks like a heck of a talent. The ’14 class is starting to look really really nice with the potential additions.
    JaQuan is a long shot for the Hoosiers but mostly of their own doing. He’s had some maturity issues down at E’ville the last couple years and Indiana has backed off alot lately. He hasnt heard from Indiana in awhile according to himself. Never say never in recruiting but this seems dead.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Honestly the more I watch that video, the more it seems like he’s an NBA 3, not a 4, kinda like Derrick Williams. It’s good cause Trey isn’t as fast as him but is a bit taller and has a better post game, while this guy seems a little more athletic and could play well on the wing. I had been wondering how well they’d play together, but really I think they’d complement each other perfectly.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    How would you find two people big and versatile enough to match up with him and Trey if they were on the floor at the same time?

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I had the same reaction. I knew we had interest, but I didn’t know he was taking us very seriously. I think 2014 is the year that Crean is trying to make the jump from solid recruits to elite recruits only.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    Still just finished up his sophomore year, might have a few more inches coming.

  • SCHoosier

    success opens doors..after the pub and attention IU will get next season..if they win big…probably no limits on recruiting in the immediate future. Realistically…the elite programs will always get their share..and IU is approaching that level again.

  • SCHoosier

    success opens doors..after the pub and attention IU will get next season..if they win big…probably no limits on recruiting in the immediate future. Realistically…the elite programs will always get their share..and IU is approaching that level again.

  • SCHoosier

    U may be correct about Perea’s defense..he is athletic enuff to be great..but I’ve read stuff from two rating services which both said he spent a lot of time in foul trouble. I think that’s right..nothing that good coaching and better technique won’t solve.

  • NaplesHoosier

    There are kids that actually want to get an education and he could be one of them…so……..lets see what happens.

  • SCHoosier

    Saw where IU’s D. Davis threw down 25 pts and 15 boards against the KY junior all-starts last night. Hartman’s performance was pretty modest.
    Davis has a non-stop motor..gonna be a great player if his jumper dev elopes.

  • REMY WILLING AND ABELL

    On a side note IU’s Andy Bayer won the national championship 1500m . CONGRATS !

  • Evansville Hoosier

    This is the point, Davis is a high caliber athlete who is developing skill. Hartman is not athletic and thus doesn’t have as much potential. Hartman is a great kid, he just doesn’t fit our roster.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    This is the point, Davis is a high caliber athlete who is developing skill. Hartman is not athletic and thus doesn’t have as much potential. Hartman is a great kid, he just doesn’t fit our roster.

  • ScoopGeoff

    I should probably watch a little more of Vonleh, but here are the impressions I got from this clip…

    Definitely more of a 3 than a 4
    Athletic, but not very explosive
    Not as skilled as Trey

    Now that doesn’t mean I don’t want him, but I think we have the better player committed already. This guy is a bonus get.

  • HoosierFanaticFromUSI

    I just don’t think a 2 and done is that much different than a one and done. For the fans, it’s great. It would improve the quality of the college and professional game. When it comes to the players, it doesn’t make that much of a difference. Unless you’re Cody Zeller, you’re probably not going to get a degree in 2 years. Most of these kids would rather be developing their game on the bench in the NBA making money than going to classes in a second year that won’t likely result in a degree. It’s unfortunate, but it is true. If they’re going to make kids stay in college longer, I would say 3 years as opposed to 2 because then most of them can actually get a degree.

  • ace132

    from what i have heard he is a relentless rebounder and hard worker with developing skills. man among boys in the 2014 class. he would be a great compliment to trey’s finesse game

  • ace132

    from what i have heard he is a relentless rebounder and hard worker with developing skills. man among boys in the 2014 class. he would be a great compliment to trey’s finesse game

  • ace132

    i would have to agree with SCHoosier. Hanner finds himslefout of position alot. because of that the athleticism can hurt him because he goes for every block. attempting to block D1 players out of position = foul trouble.

  • Kelin Blab

    Reggie…as one of the moderators on ITH, one of the things I think everyone appreciates about this site is the lack of rumors spread, statements to get things ‘going’ without any facts, and the many posters who stay on topic. As I deleted your comment I considered all of the above. Negative ‘on topic’ comments happen all the time but this thread/article was Noah Vonleh…not Colin Hartmann.

  • HoosierKen73

    I really didn’t mean to sound like I know it all… I agree with you. I know he’s not ready to walk on a D1 level court and perform…blocking shots all over the place at the present time.. I was just trying to point out that he appears to have the athleticism…enough to be doing it at high school and AAU b’ball level…. and with good coaching at the D1 level, can be a big contributor on defense. Getting back to the Vonleh article, it really is exciting to think we might be able to get a Vonleh or Iversson in addition to Trey on this class… Gosh what a great time for IU basketball… I AM PUMPED….lol… AND.. I love the work ‘Inside the hall’ is doing on this site…making the summer go faster so we can get back to IU basketball season…Can’t wait.

  • marcusgresham

    True, I wasn’t thinking about him being that young.

  • redrevival73

    Athletes develop at different rates. It’s relevant how well Hartman “fits our roster” now. He’s 16. It’s what’s he’s going to be in 5 or 6 years. Obviously CTC saw some combination of skills, size, smarts and psyche that he liked in Hartman, and that’s good enough for me. Love this site.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Yeah – he would probably be a great compliment to just about anybody’s game. I just think its a little wierd that I saw a highlight tape from a top 10 prospect where everything was either a lay-up or a 3… He didn’t have ONE single finish above the rim. Not that that is a pre-requisite for a 16-yr-old to be great… Just odd.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Yeah – he would probably be a great compliment to just about anybody’s game. I just think its a little wierd that I saw a highlight tape from a top 10 prospect where everything was either a lay-up or a 3… He didn’t have ONE single finish above the rim. Not that that is a pre-requisite for a 16-yr-old to be great… Just odd.

  • marcusgresham

    He also stands to be possibly the best spot-up shooter on a team of athletes who can drive and kick out to an open man, and at 6’6″ is tall enough to get his shot off.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    That I can see. If we lose Etherington then he fits that role well.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    That I can see. If we lose Etherington then he fits that role well.

  • stevetodd73

    You can not have 15 NBA starters on one collage basketball team! some of the players have to have the drive and passion and that is enough to make the starters better and that is their job.
    I dont know what Hartmen will bring in 2 or 3 years but your 13 man is not going to be a NBA star.

  • marcusgresham

    Did we ever expect to see the day where the recruiting is so successful you don’t even have to change your name to sway opinions?

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, I was kind of looking at the guys around his age when he’ll be an upperclassman. I think he’ll kind of become the heir apparent to Etherington, who stands to inherit the role from Roth (although Etherington and Roth are totally different types of players.)

  • marcusgresham

    Like Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser in ’79. Didn’t they do OK?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I’m trying man, but I don’t get it…

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    It should be 4 years. Then the “leaving early” scenario is over. Collegiate teams can realistically be built knowing who is coming and going when and where. The shadow of the doubt would be over. That would keep elite college basketball players in college longer and create even more depth at the collegiate level that would trickle down through college basketball and make the game better and more exciting. You would have elite players coming out of high school deciding on real factors then. Who has the best spot available for me to take and which school has the best education program available to me? Players would then decide on a 4 year deal, not if Kentucky, UNC, DUKE, Kansas, or suddenly has a few spots open up to factory produce players to pass through college just to take a check in the NBA. Now all of a sudden the talent pool is deeper and schools like Bradley or UNLV have chances to land top recruits. Recruiting kids out of middle school would cool off because coaches would know what they have now and until when and then they could wait to see how the players develop instead of frantically recruiting. Juniors and Seniors could be limited to committing to only after their first day of Junior year. Players would become more developed and the NBA would have to take less of a risk on potential and also be getting more developed players with more fine tuned skills. Seniors would be worth something and respected again. Not looked at as aged produce. I think to make basketball better across the board in the United States from grade school all the way up into the NBA a 4 year rule would change everything. The NBA was at its peak when 90% (hypothetical but probably close) played 4 years of college ball. Why not get back to that and have more educated men handling the rigors of NBA life and business? The NBA screwed itself on this by not standing up long ago and let this happen. My message to them is to add this as a prerequisite. Do you think someone can go be a mechanical engineer without a degree? No way. You want to play ball and make millions then get your degree and get educated. For this cycle to occur it will only take 4 years and the NBA is not short on talent now. This will give the veterans a few extra years to play and in 4 years the talent pool going to the league is better and the NBA game is better. The players that should be there making the money are there, and they guys that don’t are assured to get their degree if they do the work. Wins for everyone across the board.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Not really asking him to be an NBA star, just wishing we had room for guys that seem like higher caliber players. All that said, he’s a strong outside shooter, and every team needs a guy like that. If he accepts that role, he could be quite the contributor. He’ll need to be near automatic though. Best case scenario, I think, is he’s Jon Diebler. Worst case, he’s… Let’s say… kory Barnett. Great guy, but not an integral part. Here’s hoping for Diebler with the personality of the human victory cigar

  • marcusgresham

    You may not have been around here a year or so ago. That would explain it. Kelin was a rotating bevy of names. Kelin Yogi Zeller, etc…..

  • Evansville Hoosier

    So you’re telling me that we’ve recently signed Cody and Yogi, and Kelin is stopping what has been working now?!

  • HoosierKen73

    Not sure I get what you’re saying. The video on Vonleh…shows several finishes above the rim…doesn’t a two handed dunk count as a finish above the rim?… or the one handed slam? Hmmmmm did you mean the video above? Maybe my video card is screwed up…

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to Indiana Noah!

  • Jan1978

    We will really miss you next year on the floor. Hope to see you in the house with the program next year!

  • Beard21

    IU basketball could be better than ever with Coach Crean and the fans we have. The off season is almost as much fun as the season (though nothing ever tops upsetting uk). Thanks to ITH as well for keeping us all up to date. Never better to be an IU alum.

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