We continue our coverage of the college prospects for this upcoming 2014 NBA Draft which is set to take place on June 26, 2014. This week we take a look at Indiana big man, Noah Vonleh.
Moe Mahamed covers College Basketball for Raining3s.com and provides his analysis of Noah Vonleh.
Raining3s’ 2014 NBA Draft Evaluation: Noah Vonleh
Noah Vonleh (18 years old, Freshman C, University of Indiana, From Haverhill, MA, family origins from Libera)
Vonleh is blessed with an ultimate NBA ready body. At 6-10, 240 he’s got the physical attributes to bang bodies with other PF’s and Center’s in the pro’s. Not to mention a 7-4’ wingspan at his disposal. He’s got a thick frame which gives him a better sense of gravity and allows him to have better set on his feet for pivoting and post moves. As seen in the Big Ten this year, you can see Vonleh had his way with defenders in the post and outside.
Not the biggest leaper, however has a sixth sense for rebounding the ball which always translates well into the NBA. You can see it in his average with about 9 rebs per game. Fairly built and can run up and down the court with the faster guys. With the accommodation of his large wingspan, he has potential to do some damage defensively.
Low post play ability:
Still a little bit raw in the post. Most of Vonleh points in high school have come from line drive layups or dunks in the post. The defensive competition is nothing as compared to college. Most of his points came off offensive rebounds or pick and rolls and catch a quick pass from Yogi and company. This is not unusual though for a freshman entering the draft to have raw skills in the post. With conditioning and training from professional staff, he should be fine.
Outside shooting ability:
What makes Vonleh’s draft stock so high is his potential to be an outside threat. Nothing is sweeter than a big man that can be a threat inside and out. It’s the ultimate and worst matchup you can see as a defender and coach. (Look what happened to Arizona in the tournament). With some solid coaching again, he could be similar to a Serge Ibaka or an Al Horford.
Ability to get own shot:
At the moment Vonleh, doesn’t have the ability to get his own shot. He has the ability to get off shots through opportunities based off offensive rebounds and pick and roll/motion offense.
Low post position defense: Vonleh is a presence down low and in the block with his size and dominance. He effects shots with his wingspan and footwork . He moves from low block to high block with a versatile quickness.
Rim protection ability:
Vonleh definitely has a rim protection ability that is on par with a normal 6-10 PF-C. He doesn’t have a dominance that presents itself with a dominate pro style center. He gets his hands up there and that’s what helps him hold his ground against top notch big men (Payne, Etc)
Perimeter defense (defending sf/sg):
Has trouble guarding the perimeter and switching off from screens and roll situations. Currently not quick enough to compete with Big Ten guards. Does Not translate well in Pro’s.
Vonleh has had opportunities to show off his passing ability and when given the opportunities he dominated. It’s not seen in his assist numbers but when in high game situations you can see that he has the skills to pass off the block in his triple threat stance.
Basketball IQ and intangibles:
Vonleh has a high IQ and knows how to play defense on a strategic level. The kid is NBA ready, he has the skills and ceiling to go high in this draft and dominate. He’s shown up big in prime time, hitting a game winner in Big Ten Play. With his talent I feel that he should be more vocal, however that comes with age and experience. Sometimes you can be a born leader, or you can be one from gaining experience.
Projected draft position:
Projected position in the NBA: Center
Comparable NBA player:
Tristian Thompson, potential to be an Al Horford.
– Moe Mahamed (draft evaluation)
Moe Mahamed is a sports writer at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Besides lounging at the beach, he enjoys everything and anything basketball. Follow him on Twitter @Welcome_2moes and on Instagram, @welcome2moes
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