Report: Noah Vonleh declares for NBA draft

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It had long been rumored, but late Sunday night, Noah Vonleh confirmed the reports. He is declaring for the 2014 NBA draft, he told Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.

Vonleh was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in his lone season at Indiana, in which he led the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game and scored 11.3 points per game.

“It’s going to suck leaving college without an NCAA tournament,” Vonleh told Parrish. “But I have to do what’s best for me.”

The 6-foot-10 forward is projected to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA draft, and Vonleh told Parrish he thinks he will be selected anywhere from pick No. 4 to pick No. 12.

Vonleh is the first player under Tom Crean at Indiana to leave for the NBA after his freshman year. He is the first Hoosier to do so since Eric Gordon (2007-08), who currently is the starting shooting guard for the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Recalling the career-ending injuries of Sam Bowie and Greg Oden, it’s not difficult to look at available options and then take the $$ and roll the dice. I hope he has a long, illustrious career.

  • KmanCRK

    I don’t disagree on that front. Big men rarely come on as strong in the NBA. Look at Hibbert for the Pacers as a recent example. Bigs take longer in general in the league. But that doesn’t change draft status. Look at #1 pick from last year, he’s been a joke, but he was still the #1 pick. NBA drafts 90% on potential, and Noah is loaded with potential the way he shoots the long ball, his wing span, etc.

  • drewheck

    Noah said he would in an interview before but things change

  • JJ

    Totally agree. As a diehard Celtics fan, I’d love him with a PG that actually knows how to feed the post. He needs time, but the tanking teams have that and as for the Celtics, Ainge isn’t going anywhere and he’s a local kid. Win-win…

  • William Hagenmaier

    yes because its the truth. Sorry i offended the president of the Cody Zeller Fan club

  • William Hagenmaier

    why do”t you go be a kentucky fan since you love one and dones

  • HoosierGrampy

    I can think of a couple “Showtime” Laker teams that would give those Celtics a 7-game struggle…

  • William Hagenmaier

    he is a bench warmer

  • Bdub-hoops

    I think Crean had him slotted as a solid 4-year center that would start 2-3 of those years. If Cody would have stayed another year he could have played behind him or alongside with Hanner as a backup. When Cody left that gave us the opportunity to get Noah and we might have seen Luke a lot more at the 5 after he was healthy for a while with Noah being able to go to the 4. That leaves us in a good position if Noah stays or goes because we have a guard heavy class coming in to fill gaps there. So i think he was planned to be our solid 4 year center so that getting some one and dones in the front-court wouldn’t be so up and down year after year. Sad that it turned out the way it did.

  • Rie

    I did not read the entirety of the thread after making my comments; I was just explaining to Milla the context and purposefully left out your name. Either way, I did that at your expense and I am sorry.

  • Don Anastas

    Good luck in “D” league Noah. Do the math, that money won’t stretch that far.

  • Rie

    No, it is fine; just another case of the Mondays!
    At this point, we may as well move on to the other stuff that is happening today, and unfortunately, it is within our program. Hopefully, we will know what actually transpired with Austin.

  • Btown4life

    First off, a big thanks to Noah for coming to IU and giving his all to our team.

    So how do you all perceive this departure to affect our ability at attracting other big men to IU to play center? I feel like any of those guys who could be recruited to a major program will NEVER choose IU based on the ridiculous under usage of Vonleh. Why would they come to IU when they know that we run a system where it will be hard for them to get the ball? There were too many times that Vonleh could not even get CTC to run a play for him, or he is standing there wide open while one of our guards dribbles, and dribbles, and dribbles and then fires off a shot without passing…. Our style of play under CTC seems to be play as fast as possible. That is tough for all but very few centers (Cody did it but he is a true 4, not really a center, and he was very much the exception to the rule with his ability to beat the other team down the floor). We can’t operate in the half court, and we don’t run plays for our center when we do. Feeling pretty pessimistic at our chances to land any sort of quality big…. Thoughts? Am I off base here, what am I missing that makes our program attractive to a legit center?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Not in 86. That was the best team ever assembled and most of them were peaking. 5 Hall of Famers!

  • ForeverIU

    No worries, Rie. All is good.

  • MillaRed

    Agreed. Not liking what I’m hearing.

  • Ole Man

    LOL on the home-cooked meals. Great idea!

  • Ole Man

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid transferred to Wisc. now. And IU couldn’t stop him

  • Ole Man

    Didn’t see that. Shocked!

  • Rie

    Actually, players declare for these colleges because they know they will receive the proper amount of exposure and playing time. The revolving door allows for the best recruits to go to a program, because they know the current ones are gone when it becomes their time. If anything, the talent would be much more widely disbursed between programs.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Great comment! Hanner may get some real court time this coming season since Jeff won’t be available for major minutes any longer.

  • ScoopGeoff

    You’re not paying attention… Cody plays anywhere from 16-24 minutes (33-50%) of the game and has scored in double-figures 7 of the last 14 games.

  • Snookafly

    In fairness the NBA made it’s own bed with some of those terrible rule changes. It’s like they went out to purposely destroy team basketball.

  • CreanFaithful

    Let’s just stick to the facts shall we? Which part of my post do you refute? Also, Cody was not one and done. He played 2 years.

  • Snookafly

    That’s a good point– I don’t know any adults that follow the NBA. That’s not a knock on NBA fans, I’ve just never met any older than Jr. High. Not serious followers anyway.

  • Snookafly

    If those players had to stick around, at least half of them would never commit to UK. They go there to get drafted after one year because they think Cal can “get me to the league.” If he couldn’t do that, I doubt many would want to sit deep on a backlogged bench.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Your presumption that CTC would somehow learn how to use a “BIG” this coming year is almost over-the-top ridiculous. I contend that his not being more involved in the offense this year was a major factor in his decision to forsake the likelihood of a repeat performance. The addition of incoming shooters in CTC’s “system” does not automatically translate into more touches for NV–it would probably lessen his involvement since there is only 1 ball in play. I wouldn’t place too much credence in what NBA GMs say in March about any player…their talk may be designed to discourage interest in a baller they really want for their team.

  • Ole Man

    25% is the national average. Don’t know what is is with D-1 schools.
    However, 3 is average; four is above average; and five is freaking over 40% of your program.

  • Eastwood88_2

    Great post and comparison. Let’s hope crean can get us to move more with out the ball like michigan

  • Eastwood88_2

    NV a lottery pick that never passed the rock

  • Eastwood88_2

    Anyone find it interesting that CBS broke the news? Did he even tell Crean he was leaving? AE transferring is all about PT. Good luck brother and wish you the best. He was never going to play.
    Just heard hollowell gone

  • Brcturne

    My “like” of this comment is one of agreement, and should in no way be construed as me “liking” this comment…

  • HoosierGrampy

    W/that answer, it’s fairly apparent that you don’t excel at gambling either…LOL! You had a 50% chance of getting the “right” answer and blew it. Would you like to have a Mulligan or do-over and try again?

  • MillaRed

    Well, i could be wrong but I honestly think it would hurt what Calipari is doing. They know that guy can’t coach. If you are stuck three years and truly need to develop I think it changes the landscape. Coach Cal is not in favor of changing anything. Trust me!

  • HoosierGrampy

    You’ve confused NV with AJ Hammons.

  • MillaRed

    I am def not a gambler. I mean I like it. But i suck. This is not viewed as a good combination by my wife.

  • HoosierGrampy

    Just finished watching a w/e full of games featuring coaches who generally made sound substitutions AND in-game adjustments based on what was happening in front of them. Add to that the fact that every team had a half-court offense that involved touches for their BIGS. Some of those coaches were “experienced” and some were fairly young in terms of # years as a D-1 head coach. Couldn’t help but think, “What if….” The current staff at IU is incapable of taking this program to the next level because they cannot do any of the 3 afore-mentioned things. I doubt results would have been much different if they had a team consisting of Randle, Wiggins, Ennis, Van Vleet, Early, Harris, Dawson, Hancock, Smith, Robinson, Stauskas, etc…you pick the team. Not so much pessimism being expressed here as sometimes brutally honest analyses and evaluations of the state of IU basketball under CTC. Players who get criticized (or bashed as you put it) are generally the ones who have exhibited the least emotion on the court, the least desire off the court to improve (time in Cook), and have not yet fully understood that wearing the Indiana uniform is not a right or entitlement but an honor and privilege few are offered. If these posts offend you so much, so be it. You made the right choice by leaving.

  • HoosierGrampy

    The ONLY thing CTC can offer right now to a post player (real 5 baller–not a 4 in the 5 slot) is playing time. Any actual improvement which occurs will be by personal commitment of the player or divine intervention; it most certainly will not come from anyone on the staff unless someone learned an invaluable lesson from the way NV was handled this past year.

  • CreanFaithful

    You don’t have any idea what you are talking about… And yeah, I am a fan of one of the greatest basketball players to suit up for the Hoosiers. I appreciate what he did for us in 2 years. I suppose you didn’t like Isiah Thomas?

  • dwdkc

    Not sure I get your point. With 13 scholarships among 4 classes, and 3 people either turning pro or transferring in any 4 year period, you would have to average 4 new recruits per year. And with who we recruit, we probably will have more than that every 4 years turn pro, and a few more than that transfer for PT. So 4-5 every year would be about right.

  • William Hagenmaier

    Isiah’s family was dirt poor. He did what was best for his family.I do know what I am talking about. Cody didn’t need the money. Thats the difference. You saying cody was one of gteatest players to play for iu , I diagree. If he was so great we would have at least got to a final four. Cody is not even in the top 10 players at iu ever.And me saying top 10 might be a bit generous. Iu made zeller he didnt make iu.

  • IUMIKE1

    Now Milla that just isn’t true and I know it isn’t cause I heard Calislimy say it himself he doesn’t like the one & done rule. dws

    Duck, cause if you believe that pigs & monkeys with wings are getting ready to fly out of my butt & could easily injure you if you get hit by them.

  • IUMIKE1

    Those ” players ” would never go to pUKe in the first place, they would go straight to the pros if they could.

  • Jeff

    Best of luck in the NBA Noah & thanks for your contribution. It is sad to see you leave after just one year but with the players that are leaving the program year after year it is no surprise. There must be something wrong in Hoosier Land with the turnover the team is experiencing. When kids leave (plural) each year and the best players in the state select Kentucky, Michigan State, and Michigan over IU there is a need to take a deeper look at the leadership and organization.

  • PDXHoosier

    It was a pleasure to watch him wear the candy stripes for a year

  • Joshua Haltom

    A troll is someone who comes in, makes an opinion or states an outlook to purposely attempt to upset people. Thus the argument could be made that you HoosierKenny73 are indeed a troll. People state their opinions. Its a forum. Get over it or stop reading other peoples opinions. Figured you would have learned to play well with others in the 80′s.

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    By your own admission then you qualify as a ‘TROLL’.. I quote you, ” A troll is someone who comes in, makes an opinion or states an outlook to purposely attempt to upset people”.. That is you. There is no factual basis for the above statement of your’s other an attempt to further upset people in an already inflammatory state of mind. Pardon me, but there is no other motive for a person saying what you did.. nothing constructive, no solution presented.. Just an inflammatory type of remark, not based upon fact but conjecture.. and not very well thought out conjecture at that.. I did learn to play well with others. But ‘others’ in this case would have at least a modicum of intellect and ways of expressing themselves in a more well thought out manner. Troll…lol…

  • Guest

    You’re right. Surely with our coaching staff and returning players we will win the National Championship next year. Oh the beloved Hoosiers how could they to win? Better, Kenny?

  • Joshua Haltom

    You’re right. With our 7 returning studs, all the playing time they have received, our incredibly talented coaching staff we will be the favorites to win the National Championship this year. Oh, beloved Hoosiers I am sure that we narrowly missed that chance this year. That better, Kenny?

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