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Report: Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh considering declaring for the NBA draft

Mar 16, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

Noah Vonleh AP

NBA executives are salivating over the potential class in the upcoming draft. One of those prized prospects is Indiana freshman big man Noah Vonleh.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Indiana forward is leaning toward heading to the NBA rather than return for a sophomore season.

The 6-foot-10 Vonleh is projected as a lottery pick, currently slotted as the seventh overall pick by DraftExpress. His draft stock is built on his potential though he had a productive freshman campaign, being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season.

One NBA general manager told Wojnarowski, “He’ll spend a lot of time in the D-League next year.”

Vonleh could always return to Indiana next season. Tom Crean will have several key returners such as Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson and Jeremy Hollowell back for the 2014-2015 season. He also brings in a trio of 3-point shooting commits.

Vonleh will have until April 27 to declare for the NBA draft.

  1. xli2006 - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    While he has a ton of upside potential he is clearly not ready for the NBA.

    He is still supposed to be a High School senior right now. His size and game has the foundation to become a post presence, but just seemed to disappear for long stretches. His game is just raw, good at times but just in need of development.

    Good for him for earning a Top 10 projection, but just premature in terms of his development.

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