Vonleh takes on nation’s top player on ESPN showcase

012112It wasn’t quite the showing 2013 Indiana commit Noah Vonleh had hoped for against the nation’s top player in Andrew Wiggins, but even so, he showed plenty of signs of the player he can eventually be on Sunday evening.

Vonleh fouled out in only 16 minutes of action in New Hampton’s 56-47 loss to Huntington Prep (West Virginia) at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The 6-foot-8 Vonleh finished with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, one steal, one assist and one turnover in the contest.

Even though Vonleh’s minutes were limited due to several questionable early foul calls, it was evident from the outset that nerves were a bit of a factor for Vonleh. He forced a few shots early on, missing three consecutive field-goal attempts without hitting the rim in the first half. Vonleh even airballed a 3-pointer that never got anywhere near the rim.

But once Vonleh got comfortable, he did some positive things on the offensive end.

He got on the board with a 3-pointer from the right wing early in the second quarter and made a nice post move on Wiggins for an and-one just over a minute later. He pump faked, got Wiggins up in the air, and drew the foul.

Vonleh then picked up his third foul just before the half and was never able to be nearly as aggressive. He drilled a deep 3-pointer with 5:09 to go in the game to bring New Hampton within two points, but he missed his final shot attempt and fouled out shortly thereafter.

On the defensive end, Vonleh started out on Wiggins, the 6-foot-7 forward who remains unsigned. The officials didn’t give Vonleh much of a fair opportunity to guard the nation’s top-rated recruit, though, calling what appeared to be two bogus fouls on him early. On the first, the official bailed out Wiggins on a poor 3-point shot attempt with the shot clock winding down. Wiggins went to the floor, but Vonleh didn’t appear to touch him.

The way in which the game was called undoubtedly influenced Vonleh’s production, but he wasn’t exactly a disappointment on the big stage. While nerves were a factor early and foul trouble was an issue throughout, Vonleh still showed enough to validate his top-10 national ranking.

(Photo credit: Lonnie Webb/MaxPreps)

  • hardcore_hoosier

    It’s a shame Wiggins was getting the star treatment in this game. Completely agree that the first two fouls were horrible calls and gave Vonleh no chance to highlight his skillset on national TV. From his limited minutes though it was clear that he is extremely talented. Handles the ball very well for his size, can shoot from 3, rebounds with authority. He will be able to come in and play some quality minutes right away. Now to catch Troy Williams today at 2 followed by Stanford Robinson at 4.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    It’s a shame Wiggins was getting the star treatment in this game. Completely agree that the first two fouls were horrible calls and gave Vonleh no chance to highlight his skillset on national TV. From his limited minutes though it was clear that he is extremely talented. Handles the ball very well for his size, can shoot from 3, rebounds with authority. He will be able to come in and play some quality minutes right away. Now to catch Troy Williams today at 2 followed by Stanford Robinson at 4.

  • HoosierTrav

    The refs were giving Andrew Wiggins Kobe/Lebron calls. You might as well make a rule that says no one is allowed to even try and guard him or its a foul. They completely took Vonleh out of this game.

    From what we did get to see, Vonleh is a stud. Effortlessly rebounds the ball when hes able to be aggressive, Sweet sweet stroke, phenomenal ball handling skills, and did a great job of guarding Wiggins, even though the referees frowned upon that sort of thing.

  • JerryCT

    FIndlay & Oak Hill are on ESPNU this afternoon 2pm and 4pm. Vonleh has tools but like most HS kids he has a lot of work to do to transition to college

  • JerryCT

    FIndlay & Oak Hill are on ESPNU this afternoon 2pm and 4pm. Vonleh has tools but like most HS kids he has a lot of work to do to transition to college

  • HoosierKen73

    Isn’t this exciting? We have some extremely talented and gifted athletes coming next year, and while I love this year’s team..can’t wait to see what these guys will look like next year.
    Gotta catch those two games today..or at least record them to watch sometime. I had to miss the Vonleh game yesterday…didn’t even know it was oon. Wonder if ESPN will run it again sometime soon? Anybody know? Would love to see it.

  • MillaRed

    Cody averages 21 and 11.5 last week, Hardaway goes 16.6, 5 and 2 and he is B1G Player of the week? They both had a loss. Love the politics involved with that. Cody was the best player in the B1G last week.

  • MillaRed

    Cody averages 21 and 11.5 last week, Hardaway goes 16.6, 5 and 2 and he is B1G Player of the week? They both had a loss. Love the politics involved with that. Cody was the best player in the B1G last week.

  • Oldguyy

    You can stream the replay on ESPN3.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I agree with you. However, Hardaway Jr. was tremendous in the first half against Minnesota. It was one of the best 20 minutes of basketball I have seen an individual play this season. Zeller’s total week of work was better but Hardaway Jr. was very impressive at Minnesota in that 1st half.

  • HoosierPat

    Player of the WEEK. It should be based on the total work of the week, not on the first half of one game.

  • jayrig5

    Zeller’s first half vs Wisconsin was quite impressive as well.

  • SCHoosier

    NV didn’t get to showcase all of his skills given the foul trouble..but he is a baller. Biggest thing is he sort of “lopes” around..slow motion then puts on a burst and he’s at the basket. When coaches say H>S guys have trouble adjusting to the speed of the college game I believe it. The game NH played in looked like two WIS teams playing…very deliberate. I’m sure Noah thinks he’s moving quickly now./.wait till IU gets his attention about what’s expected in getting up and down the court.

  • Benhyoung14

    They’re just trying to add fuel to the fire that Cody is overrated. I hope they keep it up, and Cody is overrated come NCAA tourney time.

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