2014 NBA Draft – Noah Vonleh
SCHOOL: Indiana Hoosiers
WEIGHT: 240 LBS
NBA PLAYERS COMPARISON: Chris Bosh
Noah Vonleh is one of the more intriguing prospects of the 2014 NBA Draft. He has the potential to be a dynamic player on both ends of the floor for many years to come.
Vonleh was a rebounding machine at Indiana on both ends of the floor. He took charge in the Big Ten with a conference leading nine rebounds per game. Rebounding has always been an attribute that translates well from college to the NBA, so the former Hoosier big man has that going for him.
His athleticism and smooth jumper (at times) are what draws the Chris Bosh comparisons. While his shooting is not great at the moment, Vonleh showed confidence in his ability and the promise that it could be a consistent part of his game in the future.
His post game is very raw, which is understandable at 18 years old. He can handle the basics, with his strength, to back down his opponents, but Vonleh doesn’t have any additional moves to keep opponents guessing. It may hinder his game for the first few seasons of his career. It’s something that’ll he’ll have to develop at the next level.
What makes Noah Vonleh unique is his measurements. At the combine in Chicago, he checked in with a massive 7′ 4.25″ wingspan. It should give him exceptional shot blocking ability that he showed flashes of in college. His hand size also opened the eyes of many pro executives and the media that was covering the event. Scouts may have been impressed by Kawhi Leonard‘s hand size during the 2011 NBA Draft Combine with measurements of 11.25 inches in width and 9.75 inches in length. Vonleh’s hands measured in at an astounding 11.75 inches in width and 9.75 inches in height. With all of the information on Vonleh, it is expected that he will be a terrific defender.
All signs point to him going between picks No. 5-8 with the Utah Jazz, picking 5th overall, as the initial favorite for the skilled big man’s services.
The power forward position is loaded for this month’s draft. June 26 will prove if Vonleh has separated himself from the pack.