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

  • 04/02/2013 3:19 pm in

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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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  • GaHoosier

    Love his quote, “So they’re going to need people to come in and score and be ready to go to WAR”

    WAR = Big Ten Schedule

    Can’t wait to see you Bloomington Noah.

  • nate91

    I cannot wait to see this young man don the Cream and Crimson. A heck of a talent, but still seems to be very grounded and mature. No matter who else we have on the court next year, I am very excited for the future of Indiana Hoosier basketball!

  • skotchie

    I hope he wears #35, I already have the IU #35. Can someone tell me the last prominate IU player who wore #35?

  • Haha. Well if Noah knows something we don’t, Victor is a lock to leave. I mean, it wouldn’t surprise me but as a fan I always hold out hope against all odds. This guy is going to be really good for us next year. High impact player, can shoot, incredible rebounder, and is definitely versatile. He’ll be key in maintaining our recent level of success, especially if CZ leaves too. Can’t wait to see you in the candy stripes, Noah!

  • whhaaattttt

    how does a 5 star talent have his hs team go 17-13?????

  • nate91

    Kirk Haston?

  • nate91

    Kirk Haston?

  • Mike griff

    Kirk haston

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I guess NV just announced for VO that he is going pro, lol!

  • MillaRed

    The name I’ve heard most in terms of skill and impact is Harrison Barnes, but twice the rebounder and defender. I’ll take him.

  • MillaRed

    The name I’ve heard most in terms of skill and impact is Harrison Barnes, but twice the rebounder and defender. I’ll take him.

  • Benhyoung14

    Does Vonleh know something we don’t?

  • Going to be interesting to see how all the young guys and new faces gel next year. Could see it being a bumpy road for awhile. With Crean’s propensity to sub and sub often, it could be difficult for a group to get a rythym. We should definitely be very athletic and long.

    Think it goes this way Yogi, Will, Jeremy, Noah, Hanner. Though wouldnt suprise me to see Luke starting at Center if Hanner doesnt make a big jump. Troy/Remy/etc first off the bench.

  • would be shocked if Vic comes back. Thinking maybe Cody could, but I’d put that at 30%.

  • They’re playing teams like Huntington Prep, Brewster Academy, South Kent, the Tilton School and others. It’s a high level schedule. Not saying they couldn’t have done better, but they’re not playing 2A and 3A schools in Indiana.

  • steve

    Thank god we were able get noah and williams late or next season really would have been tough. At this point I dont see any reason to give out grants to marginal players two years in advance as we have done. Dont waste the grants unless they are yogi or noah types.

  • SCHoosier

    REally want to see how NV competes at the college level. Can;t help thinking..looking at his numbers and some clips..that he didn’t really get after it in high school .Sort of let the game come to him..backed off at times etc. He has a whole new challenge reaching the intensity level Crean will demand. Glad to hear him say he’s going to war..IU will need that form him next season.

  • Daburns0

    didn’t Kirk Haston wear that (edit: Sorry, I posted that before I refreshed the page. Makes me look like a smart ace)

  • Big D

    I say start Will and Stanford at guards next year. We just saw that last game that 6′ guads aren’t going to make in the big dance.

  • esapata

    That’s how it seems…

  • esapata

    That’s how it seems…

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Get ready Hoosier fans. You are gonna see what a 6’9″ power forward is supposed to look like. Blocking shots instead of getting shots blocked. The best is yet to come, Hoosier Nation.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    He’s not lying about his height. When he was on campus I almost didn’t recognize him because I didn’t realize he would actually be taller than Hanner.

  • hoosier1158

    Kirk Haston was a 6′ 10″ kid from Lobelville TN. He is the one that hit “the shot” to beat #1 MSU around 2000.

  • WisconHoosier

    This is what I love about IU. When we talk about “The Shot” it could mean one of dozens of important big game-winners over the years.

    At Purdue, it means a game-tying shot for overtime, which they then lost.

  • Can’t wait till Noah Vonleh hits Bloomington next year! The excitement is building in me and I can’t wait for another year of IU Basketball! I don’t look at this past year as a failure, but rather a disappointment. I think they just weren’t used to the all the success, maybe all they hype got to their heads or something? Maybe the B1G regular season wore them down or something, who knows? But nonetheless what Hulls, Watford, and Elston brought to this program will never be forgotten! Crean has resurrected Indiana Basketball for years to come and I can’t wait for the Banners to come back to B-town!!!!

  • Can’t wait till Noah Vonleh hits Bloomington next year! The excitement is building in me and I can’t wait for another year of IU Basketball! I don’t look at this past year as a failure, but rather a disappointment. I think they just weren’t used to the all the success, maybe all they hype got to their heads or something? Maybe the B1G regular season wore them down or something, who knows? But nonetheless what Hulls, Watford, and Elston brought to this program will never be forgotten! Crean has resurrected Indiana Basketball for years to come and I can’t wait for the Banners to come back to B-town!!!!

  • Hardwood83

    I think it’s 50/50 CZ returns…..but then again what do we know?

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Boy I have said all along CZ is gone but know I am thinking maybe a 20% he comes back. The experts seem to be a little down on him. If he does and gets that jumper going and learns to go up tall and strong he is more NBA ready. Problem is next years draft with pUKe reloading with probably 5 top ten picks. Probably should still go in this years weak draft. Oh the drama….

  • Completely unrelated to this topic, but I’ve been wanting to show people my design for a new BIG logo. Since there will be 14 teams soon, me and my family wondered why they are still saying the “Big 10.” to me it doesn’t make sense so I went to work on this. What do you all think of it?

  • Hoosierfan323

    Don’t forget about Stan! I think he will be huge surprise for us next year! I can’t wait for next season!

  • Kelin Blab

    Also we don’t know who else is on his team…..

  • Kelin Blab

    Excellent comparison. I will take it too…Although he has compared his game to kevin durant….

  • MillaRed

    I’m gonna chill at the bar. ……put out the vibe.

  • Kenneth234

    Tom Crean probably tipped Noah off long ago during his recruitment that there was a strong chance that Victor and Cody would be NBA bound. Couple that with all the speculation that Victor would leave, and anyone would be convinced that Victor is going to move on. However, if it was an automatic decision for Victor, I think he would have announced already, other players are already doing so. Victor has got to be weighing out this huge decision, and I have to assume that a large part of him really wants to be in Bloomington next year. If you think about it, he did not have the whole off season to think about whether or not he would leave after this season. The talk has been building and building since the beginning of the Big Ten season, and since, the day to day grind has had to demand the largest majority of his focus. At least I would be surprised if he thought that he could get into this position coming into the season, more than likely he was thinking about this step following next season coming in.

  • Whatsupie

    Any chance they “kinda” push Cody to leave? I just say that because of the scholarship situation.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Well I’m glad we didn’t seem to lose this recruit as well this March.

  • shoot 1st

    George McGinnis–the most dominant player in IU history–wore number 35.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Tell that to Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Tell that to Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.

  • That would be a horrible idea

  • Mooks

    Best part about Noah is that he will be too young to enter the draft after Freshman year. At least we will have him for 2 years at minium!

  • WE LANDED ON THE MOON!!!!!!

  • Hoosier_Chip

    Im dying laughing right now. Easily the funniest post on ITH ever haha.

  • kewaynes

    Yes, there has never been a 6′ guard be successful in the tournament or the NBA

  • SCHoosier

    Good example…right guards with right skills i n the right system.

  • SCHoosier

    Good example…right guards with right skills i n the right system.

  • achurt

    You don’t think Yogi should be on the court most of the time?!
    I think you’ll be eating your words over the next three years. I’m very confident that Yogi is going to be a VERY good college point guard.

  • achurt

    Wow. Really!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!?
    Sheesh.

  • plane1972

    ???