Report: Vonleh leaning toward entering NBA draft

  • 03/15/2014 9:47 pm in

Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh is strongly leaning toward entering the 2014 NBA draft, according to a report on Saturday evening by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Citing sources, Wojnarowski reports that “Vonleh’s inner circle has been engaged in dialogue with a few prominent NBA agents, especially across the past several weeks of the season. NCAA bylaws allow players, families and associates to talk with agents and still preserve their amateur eligibility.”

Vonleh was named the Big Ten freshman of the year and third team All-Big Ten after averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward would be the first one-and-done to play at Indiana since Eric Gordon.

After Indiana’s loss to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday, Vonleh was asked about his process for making a decision on the draft, but shot down the question by saying “I’m not going to talk about that right now.”

The deadline to enter the 2014 NBA draft is April 27.

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  • b_side

    Not buying the eligibility aspect of your theory. He lost a full year of eligibility regardless of whether he stayed all season or left over Christmas. Homesickness has a lot more merit given the timing.

  • b_side

    Mainly because it’s un-American.

    So basically an 18 year old kid can take a bullet protecting and serving our country, but he isn’t allowed to earn a living playing a game?

    What about the 16 year old golfer or tennis player who turns pro and starts collecting a pay check before graduating high school?

    Do tell.

  • Wheatster

    Conference finish: top 3
    Record: don’t know, schedule isn’t out
    Tourney seed: 3-4 in big ten 6 seed in the dance
    That’s if NV leaves

  • CreamandCrimson

    My only theory is…hang on, there’s a guy wearing a denim shirt sending me text messages. I’ll be right back.

    Okay, I’m back and I really can’t think of anything we’ve done to deserve this season. My only hope is that we have gotten all of the bad luck out of the way over the past 365 days and that next year is going to be much better.

  • Kyl470

    You could also make lists of teams that out performed the talent they had on their rosters. But a Tom Crean team won’t be one of those.

  • b_side

    It amazes me how quickly some forget….how many experts (and fans) predicted the 2011-2012 team would make it to the Sweet 16? They outperformed all of our expectations as well as the media. But forget giving credit to Crean and the coaching staff, right, it must’ve been the players only.

  • Ted Davis

    I don’t agree that universities are “un-American” by imposing certain rules on their students. For example, would you say it’s “un-American” for them to require athletes representing them to be full-time students with certain minimum accomplishments in the classroom? If universities simply want to ensure that athletes are genuine students, who have established themselves as such before playing NCAA-sanctioned events, that’s entirely legitimate.

    High school students can be drafted by major league baseball teams immediately upon graduation. I believe the same SHOULD be true for other sports as well. It isn’t the fault of the NCAA that NFL teams don’t want to draft 18-year olds.

    It’s not a basic American right to play basketball for any given university. If players feel that they MUST have college experience before entering the draft, and they aren’t willing to establish themselves as legitimate students at a particular university, then tough for them. Junior colleges exist. There are also professional teams in Europe, Asia, and “minor league” teams in the USA.

    If the NCAA took my suggestion, then (as far as I can tell) both Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller would have been eligible to play at IU during their first semesters. Victor graduated in 3 years–he did not “leave early,” as some have suggested–so he must have brought lots of college credit with him to Bloomington. Likewise, Zeller probably had lots of AP credit, since he was such a strong academic student in high school. If not, then surely he would have completed 24 hours by the end of his first semester, if AP credit is counted, and so he could have played his second semester.

  • b_side

    The NFL doesn’t allow 18 year-olds for safety issues. The NBA doesn’t allow 18 year-olds because they are trying to prolong the careers of their veterans. It’s not the NCAA’s rule. The NBA Players’ Association, made up of these veterans, want to make sure high school kids aren’t taking up all the spots at the end of the bench. It’s basic economics. Obviously these 18 year olds are welcome to join the NBDL or play overseas to earn a living, but to not allow an athlete to get the exposure or experience of playing college ball (similar to an internship or working for the school newspaper to better his craft) isn’t justifiable to me.

  • JacksonCounty

    I think that is a very optimistic assessment of next year’s squad as it currently stands. IU will have to run a very small line up without a true post, let alone a true power forward. We played a weak schedule this year and had a five star center and we still only managed 17 wins. Next year’s team, as it currently constructed, will be weaker as it will have to live and die by the three ball with the only significant addition being two freshmen guards. I expect the same or even more turnovers and a continued low shooting percentage next year. I think a realistic goal is only a repeat of this year’s win total. Dig in for a long haul–things are going to be ugly with our fan base. By the way, I don’t relish any of this either–makes me sad to see things deteriorate like this.

  • marcusgresham

    I totatally agree. I also think, in the grand scheme of things, it was a bigger loss than if Vonleh had left. You had to figure there was a good chance you’d only have Noah through this season but you had to count on Fischer two or three years at least.

  • Lance

    What’s this crap? We’re put on the earth to take care of ourselves first, and that’s the reason you encourage someone to settle for mediocrity and turn his back on us? Cody and Noah could have been special players–IU legends even, yet that comes in second to bench warming in exchange for $$$. That’s not what we want for him or our team. That’s not the Indiana basketball team I’m supporting.

  • Lance

    I’d rather see IU hold on to some talented players and be a great basketball school again. Period.

  • Dagwoods

    Of course those kinds of things can happen. But, so can Anthony Bennett stories, or worse Allen iverson. If it were ME, I’d take the money & run – but I’m CONFIDENT I know what to do with the money & make it work for me even if my NBA career lasts only one contract. If I were 18, I’d BELIEVE I knew what to do with it, but I’d probably blow it as fast as it came in. That is what i don’t think he’s ready for. Cody had insurance, as I’m sure most likely first rounders would have if they stayed.

  • CreanFaithful

    Never ran a pick n roll with Yogi? I remember Dakich calling out Vonleh several times for rolling with his back to the ball handler after running the pick n roll. I’m not knocking Vonleh. He absolutely has the tools to move on. But he didn’t excel in the pick n roll.

  • CreanFaithful

    Our pets heads are falling off…

    Wait, missed the bit about Collin. Is this new? Torn ACL?

  • kreese

    Agree with the above sentiment that next year’s team will be better and improve throughout the season. Right now, there is too much emotion coming through, and not enough recognition that 1) IU was one of the few teams in the country to play as many freshman as we did, 2) we had no consistent shooting threat (improved Yogi and JBJ help solve that), 3) our players will understand the system better and improve dramatically next year (timing, spacing, floor placement, etc), 4) we have one of the best PG in the league (perhaps NCAA) which is critical to success, 5) we will still be a young team (not one Sr. in starting rotation by my count) to improve incrementally the following year as well.

    The big question mark is who makes that incremental leap from So. to Jr. year like we saw with Oladipo? Not saying it will be, but IF it’s HMP, we could be very tough.

  • BT

    In the pantheon of IU bigs, historians will look back on Vonleh’s career in a Hoosier uniform and put him somewhere between Deandre Thomas and Marco Killingsworth.

  • Lisa Wiggins Osmon

    I am NOT a fan of one-and-dones. How many of the players are offered a full scholarship? If they leave before a set time (say 3 years or so), they should be financially responsible for covering the costs of tuition and room & board for each year not attending prior to graduating.
    I think it’s also disrespectful to leave after 1 or 2 years, especially to teammates and coaches/staff. These people have gone out of their way to help mold and shape the athlete. Show some respect and honor for the college YOU chose…and stop being so damn selfish. I’ll jump off my soap box now

  • Corey Schroyer

    I’m simply throwing out a hypothetical. And im not disagreeing with anything you just said. I’d love 8-10 a game next year from Hanner, but will our coaching staff have him there, won’t know until next fall.

  • kaponya44

    No kidding ..Makes me nervous to have no specific confirmation Hanner will be here..I’m with you on this..Good reply .

  • JED

    Can’t have it both ways. A scholarship is only for one year and is only renewed at the discretion of the coach. Guarantee a player a 4 year ride. Then you might have a point.

  • Lisa Wiggins Osmon

    I didn’t realize that it was a year to year scholarship. Thanks! So did he just have the one year scholarship or was he offered the 4 year ride?

  • JED

    The four year ride is a myth. The only guarantee an athlete has is the word of the coach. All scholarships are for only one year. They can be renewed (and usually are) each year. But it is at the discretion of the coach.