As the Philadelphia 76ers continue to search for the man they’ll be picking with the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NBA draft on June 26, a 6-10 power forward out of Indiana will look to make a sound impression on the franchise later this week.
Noah Vonleh, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, will work out for the 76ers on Thursday, according to a report by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Former Indiana forward Noah Vonleh to work out for Sixers on Thursday, a source told Yahoo Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 17, 2014
In his only season at Indiana, Vonleh averaged a near double-double of 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Hoosiers, including shooting 52.3 percent from the field. Indiana failed to make the NCAA March Madness Tournament for the first time since 2011.
While Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker are all assumed to be the first three prospects selected in the draft, there’s always a chance Vonleh could move up and knock someone off their perch.
Even so, the 18-year-old believes a pick from No. 4 to No. 12 is more realistic.
“I’ve heard the fourth pick to the 12th pick is wide open,” Vonleh said (per CBS Sports). “[I think I'll be selected] anywhere in that range.”
John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com believes Vonleh could be a nice complementary piece next to Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt:
Well, he’d have no problem running the floor and keeping up with the Sixers‘ pace. Pair him with Nerlens Noel and suddenly the Sixers should be an excellent rebounding and shot blocking team. If he can develop his three-point shot, he would be able to run the pick-and-pop and the pick-and-roll. That would give the Sixers two athletic big men with different offensive games that could pose serious matchup issues for opponents.