Q & A: Noah Vonleh at McDonald’s All-American media day

  • 04/02/2013 3:19 pm in


CHICAGO — 2013 IU signee Noah Vonleh touched on a range of topics at McDonald’s All-American media day this afternoon at the United Center.

What follows is an edited interview with the versatile, five-star forward during a one-on-one session with Inside the Hall.

On his role next season at IU: “Coach Crean talked to me a little bit. Me and Troy Williams will probably end up being a couple of the main scoring options because they’re losing Victor (Oladipo), Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and possibly Cody Zeller. So they’re going to need people to come in and score and be ready to go to war.”

On his relationship with Williams and Stanford Robinson: “I played against Stan at LeBron camp. I played against Troy at NBA camp, LeBron camp. I’ve played against those guys a lot. We talk a little bit. We were watching some of the (Indiana) games and we text each other and talk about how we can’t wait to be together next year.”

On potentially having to shoulder a big role as a freshmen: “It’s going to be tough going in there as a freshmen, but I’m ready to take it. I’m ready to take on whatever’s thrown at me.”

On his current height and weight: “I’m 6’9”.  I think I’m still growing a little bit. Every time I come to events like this, everybody’s like: “Oh, you got a little bit taller.” I’m 225 (pounds), I’d say.”

On his schedule after the Jordan Brand game and Nike Hoop Summit and before he heads to Indiana: “I’ll just be in the gym, trying to finish school off strong. I’ll be lifting because Indiana sent me a plan. Just working on my skills, trying to get better, and then I’ll be up in Bloomington the second week of June. (The weight-lifting plan) is some upper body one day, lower body the next day. I think they’ll send up a workout soon for strength and conditioning.”

On what he’s looking to improve upon before his freshman season with IU: “Being ready to compete. I’m going to be playing against guys faster and stronger than me. So I got to be ready to get faster, be ready to defend guys bigger than me.”

On New Hampton’s 17-13 season and what he learned from it: “It wasn’t the best year. I think we could have done a lot better. I think I should have been more aggressive this year, stepped up more as a leader.”

His thoughts on IU’s finish to the season: “It was disappointing, I had them winning the whole thing. They struggled with (Syracuse’s) length. They hadn’t seen that really much all year so it was tough for them. I’m happy for Victor. He had a great season. He’s about to go to the NBA. Cody Zeller, he might potentially leave. But if he comes back, we’ll be a pretty good team next year.”

On who he’s talking to: “I talk to Kenny (Johnson), Crean, coach (Tim) Buckley a little bit. I talk to Troy sometimes. Stan sometimes. (Kenny) checks in on how I’m doing. Seeing what I’m thinking mentally, if I’m ready for next year.”

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  • Guest

    Not trying to be a downer. Before you get too excited, I think you should read the NBA requirement one more time.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think they will steal your idea and tweak it just a bit, lol.

  • Right when I posted this I thought somebody would steal it. I sure hope nobody steals, cause I worked really hard on this!

  • Daren Collentine

    Yea. Push Cody to leave so Collin Hartman can have a scholarship. That is brilliant.

  • nate91

    Oh I know who Kirk is haha, I meant that as an answer to the question. My page did not update with the previous answers

  • Big D

    Yogi is a great kid, great player, hard worker, quick player and will improve greatly over the next several years as did Hulls. Yogi will help our team win many games. But when we get into the NCAA and he meets a guard 4 to 6″ taller that’s just as great as Yogi he will be in trouble. And we will be going home again.

  • HoosierTrav

    Have you seen the teams he played game in and game out? These Prep Schools usually are full of Div1 players, and in most cases, high school all american’s.

  • HoosierTrav

    He will turn 19 in 2014 which will make him eligible.

  • HoosierTrav

    I think you’re wrong. Our issue was that we had two guards that were outmatched. Yogi is gonna be a superstar at IU.

  • HoosierCruz

    He may have already decided and is just waiting for CZ to make up his mind. Making an announcement now would prob put some pressure on CZ to go too.

  • HoosierCruz

    Hey Milla did you ever post your thoughts after seeing Luke Fischer play

  • VAHoosier

    Just a wild guess:

    Yogi, Will, Jeremy, Noah, CZ (if he’s back)


    Yogi, Will, Jeremy, Noah, Fischer (if Cody’s not back)

    Remy is 6th man, either way.

  • Iuhoosiersrboss

    Any1 have an idea of IUs seeding in March Madness next year??? I guess 3 or 4

  • Guest

    von will be ok

  • Why does evryone keep saying Cody is ready for the nba? Syracuse made him look small and weak. I just wonder whet Crean said “if anything” to influence his decision? This kid will ride pine for a year in which he could have been getting better and getting our team better. I’ll never understand that one!

  • Isaiah Thomas