Earlier this week, Indiana Hoosiers’ freshman power forward Noah Vonleh declared for the NBA Draft.
The 6’10, 240-pounder out of Haverhill, Massachusetts averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game on the season.
The NBA is always looking for quality big men, meaning Vonleh will probably be selected higher than some originally expected.
One NBA scout told Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe that Vonleh should be a “high lottery pick.”
An NBA scout of an Eastern Conference team told the Globe that Vonleh should be a “high lottery pick. He is only 18 years old and in my opinion will be better than (Julius) Randle at Kentucky. He has size, length, athleticism, motor, rebounds, blocks shots and a developing offensive game. He has a chance to be special. I just saw him at the Big Ten Tournament and was very impressed.”
The rankings at Draft Express certainly agree with this scout’s take. They rank Vonleh as the fifth best freshman prospect, the seventh best overall prospect and have him going seventh in their most recent mock draft.