With Championship Week in college basketball winding down and March Madness about to explode, the NBA Draft is going to start getting more and more attention as more and more prospects are put on the national stage in the Big Dance.
While some names are already going to the draft, underclassmen are always looked at to see if they’re going to be one-and-dones at the college level and the University of Indiana just received a big blow on Saturday. With the Madness just days away and Indiana primed to grab a decent seed, freshman forward Noah Vonleh is expected to leave the school at the end of the season to declare for the NBA Draft this June.
Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh is strongly leaning toward entering the NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports.
NBA front office executives expect Vonleh, a 6-foot-10 forward, would be selected somewhere between Nos. 7-12 in the draft. Still, there is widespread agreement his potential far exceeds his performance and preparedness for the NBA.
Vonleh is expected to be a lottery pick this year and if guys like Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid skip the draft, he could end up being considered a top pick. He’s a valuable big that some NBA coaches would love to sink their teeth into and develop, and it sounds like they won’t have to wait long for a chance to draft him.