Noah Vonleh Archive
Five former Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Noah Vonleh, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford — participated in the NBA summer league, which concludes later today in Las Vegas.
Oladipo played in the Orlando summer league, while Watford played both in Orlando and Las Vegas. Zeller, Vonleh and Sheehey played in Vegas. Here’s a look at how all five players performed:
· Zeller, Charlotte: 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.
The sample size was small — just three games — but the results were encouraging for Zeller, who may be in line for a bigger role following the departure of Josh McRoberts to Miami via free agency. Most impressive about Zeller’s play was his shooting from the field (58.6 percent) and the fact that he got to the line 20 times over three games.
His play was enough to draw the praise of Amin Elhassan at ESPN Insider:
Zeller has looked a lot more assertive on the floor this year and more sure of himself, and that confidence has definitely manifested itself in the box score, where he has shot an impressive 63 percent from the field (over his first two games). His combination of size and speed makes him an extremely tough cover, and he’s finding ways to get open looks around the rim by being active and taking full advantage of his physical gifts.
After a rough start to the Las Vegas NBA Summer League (an 0-of-13 performance against the Golden State Warriors), Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh rebounded vs. the Sacramento Kings with 10 points and 18 boards. Against the New York Knicks on Monday, Vonleh chipped in 13 points and five boards in a loss, as the Hornets fell to 0-3.
Highlights of his performances against the Kings and Knicks are available in the embedded media player below:
The complete 2014-2015 Indiana basketball schedule won’t be announced until the fall, but IU’s Big Ten opponents have already been confirmed as well as several non-conference contests.
The latest non-conference game to be confirmed is Grand Canyon University, which is coached by former Phoenix Suns guard Dan Majerle.
The Antelopes finished last season 15-15 overall, No. 241 in the KenPom.com rankings, No. 205 in the RPI and will visit Assembly Hall on Dec. 13.
According to AZCentral.com, Tom Crean was a student at Central Michigan when Majerle played there in the 1980s, which helped facilitate the game.
Grand Canyon, which is in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), added 2,000 seats to its arena this offseason.
Thus far, Indiana has three neutral site non-conference games confirmed for next season in Louisville, Butler and Georgetown and five non-conference games at Assembly Hall.
The home non-conference games released so far are SMU, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Lamar and Grand Canyon.
NBA summer league to feature several Hoosiers
We’ve already highlighted the additions of Christian Watford (Detroit, Golden State) and Will Sheehey (New York) to the NBA summer league, but each of IU’s lottery picks over the last two years will also participate.
Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, along with North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston, was introduced by the Charlotte Hornets on Friday afternoon in a press conference with general manager Rich Cho.
Vonleh was the nith pick in the draft and the third lottery pick for Indiana in the last two years. Watch his full press conference in the embedded media player below.
Former Indiana big man Noah Vonleh was the No. 9 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft to the Charlotte Hornets. Vonleh met with assembled media at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn afterward for a brief Q & A (transcript via ASAP Sports):
THE MODERATOR: Noah, if you’d start opening statements about being drafted by the Hornets.
NOAH VONLEH: This is a blessing. This is a dream come true to finally get picked up by a team. And just watching the NBA draft for so many years, I’m very excited to be able to go to Charlotte and start off my NBA career.
Q. Noah, congratulations. Charlotte made the playoffs. They’ve been making strides. Talk about how your game, especially being a stretch four, can help complement Al Jefferson’s post game and Kemba Walker’s outside shooting.
NOAH VONLEH: I think it can definitely complement those guys, playing in the pick-and-roll with Kemba, being able to pop, hit the shot from 18 feet, step out, hit some NBA threes, catch the ball, be able to take guys off the dribble, and just use my versatility to the best of my abilities.
Q. Noah, kind of known around the NBA Michael Jordan signs off on who gets picked. Being picked by Michael Jordan, what’s that say to you, and what do you feel like?
(Photo via BigTenNetwork on Twitter)
The Charlotte Hornets selected Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh with the 9th pick in the 2014 NBA draft this evening.
Vonleh was second Big Ten player selected in this year’s draft (Michigan’s Nik Stauskas went No. 8 to Sacramento) and his selection means that Indiana has had three lottery picks in the past two seasons.
He’ll join Cody Zeller, the No. 4 pick in last year’s draft and a second team All-Rookie selection this past season, in Charlotte.
Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last season and was named Big Ten freshman of the year for the Hoosiers, who finished 17-15 and missed the postseason.
Video of Vonleh’s selection is after the jump.
When Noah Vonleh, all of 17 years, two months and 20 days old, signed his letter of intent to play for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers on Nov. 14, 2012, a visit to Bloomington the previous weekend sealed the deal.
“Cody Zeller, he was doing a lot of the guard drills,” Vonleh said at the time. “I want to do something similar like that. That just really stood out to me.”
Three months earlier at the adidas Nations championship game, a sixteen-year-old Vonleh was doing plenty of guard work on the court for USA Red 2014, but with mixed results:
It wasn’t until late in the game, when Vonleh stopped trying to dribble penetrate and went to the block for scores and rebounds, that he was able to force overtime, impose his will and bring his team a victory. He finished the game with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
This is the modern thought of talented teenagers at 6-8 or above with wingspans and size that once deemed them to the paint; they see Kevin Durant shining in the NBA, the positional revolution churning, and who can blame them for thinking: “I can do that … I want to do that, too?”