Noah Vonleh was perhaps the most talented player in college basketball whose team didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament this season. We take a look at what the power forward from Indiana can bring to the NBA.
The 6-foot-10 power forward has a soft touch around the rim that allows him to finish with hook shots over either shoulder. He can stretch the floor with his jumper, although it was a small sample size as he was 16-of-33 from three this season. There’s intrigue that he can be a true inside-out threat in the NBA. Vonleh also has a good handle where he can face the basket and attack off the dribble. If the defense sags, he’s capable of knocking down the mid-range shot.
He’s an exceptional rebounder who averaged nine boards per game last season. Vonleh can pull down a missed shot, find a guard, and has the athleticism to beat his defender down the court. He has a wiry frame with a 7-foot-4 wing span, but a broad base that should allow him to build on his 240-pound body.
Vonleh has had flashes that will make him a top ten NBA Draft selection, but will need to improve his consistency. It isn’t a question of his motor, which is another one of his strengths, but because he’s still an all-around raw prospect. He averaged 11.3 points per game this season and only scored a combined 17 points in his final three collegiate games. He needs to improve his footwork and add some post moves to help him finish around the basket. As a result, Vonleh may take a longer time to truly develop into his potential. He’s only 18 years old at the moment, so there’s plenty of time for improvement.
At the power forward position, he’ll be compared to fellow freshman Julius Randle. Vonleh has the higher upside, but Randle might be the safer pick who should produce earlier in his career. General Manager’s will have to weigh the risks and rewards if both prospects are on the board.
If Vonleh reaches his ceiling, many see a similar version to Chris Bosh. They’re the new breed of power forwards who can stretch the floor because of their jumpers. His floor will be a rebounding specialist off the bench.
There’s no doubt that Vonleh has the potential to become an All-Star, but if he does, it will be a matter of time and added development. Vonleh will be one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class because of his ceiling.
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