Vonleh reflects on time at IU, looks ahead to future at NBA draft combine

  • 05/15/2014 11:49 am in

Noah Vonleh isn’t participating in drills at this week’s NBA draft combine in Chicago, but the Big Ten freshman of the year did make some waves this morning with his hand and wingspan measurements.

According to Draft Express, Vonleh had the second longest hand length ever measured at the combine at 11.75″. Here are Vonleh’s other measurements:

Height (without shoes): 6’8″
Weight: 247 pounds
Wingspan: 7’4.75″
Standing reach: 9’0″

The former IU big man also sat down with NBA TV to answer some questions, which we’ve transcribed below:

On why he decided to leave Indiana after one season:

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. The opportunity was there, so I said, ‘why not take it?’ I sat down with some of my family and my mentor and discussed it out and we decided at the end of the day that it was the best decision.”

On whether he was surprised to have the option of leaving after one season:

“I knew it was going to be sometime quick after one or two years. I’m glad it came after one year. I just went in the gym every day and worked hard and now I’ve got this opportunity in front of me.”

On the one skill set that he knows will translate from college to the NBA:

“The skill that will allow me to play right away I think is rebounding. I’m a very great rebounder. I’m real versatile. Some people know that and some people don’t know that I can handle the ball and create for others and do different things like that.”

On adjusting to NBA life off the court:

“It’s going to be tough. I’m 18 years old. I’m going to need a lot of help. Hopefully some of the older guys on the team will take me under their wing and show me the ropes of the NBA and just go from there.”

On whether he expects to face up more in the NBA:

“I definitely see that as being an advantage. I can step out and take guys off the dribble on the perimeter. If I have a smaller guy on me, I can post him up and score around the basket, score in different ways.”

On playing under Tom Crean and how that will prepare him for the NBA:

“Coach Crean, he’s a great coach. He pushes his guys past their limits. I’ll definitely be prepared for any team, whatever they throw at me in the NBA.”

On whether the story of him going to play basketball at the YMCA while on a family vacation to Disney World is true:

“Yes sir. I went to the park and went on a couple of rides with them but I felt like I needed to get in the gym because I had a couple of AAU tournaments for the live period coming up the next week. So I just wanted to be ready.”

On where that drive to work comes from:

“I think I got that hard work for my mother because she works two jobs and she tries to provide for me and my sisters. I think I just look at her and that’s where I get my work ethic from.”

On the most important thing he learned at Indiana:

“I learned a lot from Coach Crean on the basketball court, just how to play in NBA offenses and things like that. Being more of a leader on the court.”

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  • N71

    No worries, it was C- work anyways.

  • ForeverIU

    ROFL! One of the funniest scenes of all time. But zis is not my dog.

  • MK

    Its about college for the kids who stay for 3-4 years. How could this be about college? He’s essentially taking an exceptionally high paying job after one year of school.

  • Outoftheloop

    Why try to post some actual facts that are intentionally deceptive? Sure Noah had 9.0 rebounds/game, that is 269 rebounds in 794 minutes = .339 reb/min; Troy was our “#2” rebounder at 4.4 reb/game, that is 74 rebounds in 689 minutes = .203 reb/min; Devin was 2.6 rebounds/game, that is 74 rebounds in 254 minutes = .291 reb/min; and Hanner was 2.1 rebounds/game, that is 62 rebounds in 224 minutes = .277 reb/min. Any rational person who tries to argue that Devin and Hanner are not “proven” (i.e. actually played) and better rebounders that Troy is a fool. Anyone who argues that Troy is not a good rebounder (#2 on a very strong rebounding team) is likewise foolish. Yogi was our #1 scorer, Troy our #4 scorer last season who came on very strongly at the end of the year. James is a McDonald’s All-American and ranked to be the freshman of the year in the B1G- it is not for his defense, but his scoring and shooting. Your comment on Robert is shallow. Why would he have to “leap-frog” Stan? Do you think that Robert as our #7 player will only get significant minutes if he becomes our #6 Player? That is patently absurd. Last year our #6 player got 532 minutes and our #7 player got 654! I really dislike your cowardly comment about Peter-“Peter is a dud from a basketball standpoint due to his injuries.” Adding the last clause does not excuse the first insult, “is a dud”. I sincerely hope that at some future date when you are sick, injured, or otherwise physically unable to perform, everyone refers to you “as a dud”. Enjoy the pain.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes. See the above post.

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks. But I actually meant that they have rebounded in actual college games at a high rate of rebounds/minute.

  • Outoftheloop

    Devin is now 6’8 by the accounts in the HT.

  • Outoftheloop

    No, but after signing that NBA contract, they can all afford the shoes that pop them up 1.5 inches higher! So for comparison of “apples to apples” barefoot is the way.

  • Outoftheloop

    Hold me to it next year. If Troy, Hanner and Devin are not IU’s #1, 2 and 3 rebounders then I am wrong and my rebounds/minute analysis is flawed. If I am right then you owe me a beer at Nick’s!

  • ForeverIU

    Lol. Beer at Nick’s win or lose, happy to do so. I too think that these three are/will be great rebounders. But my point was that your critics (criticism is healthy) were saying that you can’t extrapolate based on limited minutes, and my point is that the per-minute numbers are not just arithmetic ratios but are bolstered by the fact that these three play with a lot of heart. That to me is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, ha.

  • wyohoosier

    I wish coach Crean would have spent all that recruiting time on someone who wanted to play for IU!!!!!!


  • Kelin Blab

    I can see Noah being a similar player to Kevin Garnett, but a better ballhandler. With his ability to play inside out I think he will be a far far better pro than College player.

    One of his best strengths to me is his ability to go off the dribble and his length. Noah is long similar to a Durant but more built.

  • Outoftheloop

    We shall meet at some time for beers at Nick’s.. and lots of b.s. sports talk! Life is good!

  • deebo

    Once this kid really figures it out and really learns how to use his body he could possibly have a hall of fame career barring injuries. God Speed Noah.

  • SCHoosier

    With the grabbing, slashing , and pushing in the NBA..those big hands should be valuable. The 6-8 has to be disappointing to some scouts..altho they know college heights are always exaggerated. I would pick Randle, Gordon and probably the Duke kid Parker before Noah..but I guess it depends on what your team needs. I do believe his mom can quit that second job (and maybe both) pretty soon. The best to NV going forward. At 18 I hope he has a team or family mentor who can be with him for a while as he adjusts to some of the lifestyle issues NBA players face.