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Noah Vonleh (born August 24, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers.

Noah Vonleh
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Vonleh (right) in April 2013
No. 1 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1995-08-24) August 24, 1995 (age 24)
Haverhill, Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeIndiana (2013–2014)
NBA draft2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2015Charlotte Hornets
2014Fort Wayne Mad Ants
20152018Portland Trail Blazers
2018Chicago Bulls
2018–2019New York Knicks
2019–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Vonleh attended Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts, before transferring to New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire, in 2011.[1] As a junior in 2011–12, he averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game. As a senior in 2012–13, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game, going on to earn McDonald’s All-American honors.[2]

On November 10, 2012, Vonleh signed a letter of intent to play for Indiana University, turning down offers from Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, and Ohio State, among others. Upon committing to Indiana he said, "Their academics are good, they're the No. 1 team in the country and they've got another great class coming in next year."[3]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Noah Vonleh
PF
Haverhill, Massachusetts New Hampton School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Nov 10, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College careerEdit

In his lone season at Indiana, Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.[2] In 30 games (29 starts), he averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game.[4]

On April 3, 2014, Vonleh declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Charlotte Hornets (2014–2015)Edit

On June 26, 2014, Vonleh was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.[6] On July 25, 2014, he signed with the Hornets.[7] On September 2, 2014, he underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia and was ruled out for six to eight weeks.[8] After making just four appearances for the Hornets to start the 2014–15 season, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on December 28, 2014.[9] He was recalled three days later.[10] On April 12, 2015, he had a season-best game with 16 points and 12 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons. Three days later in Charlotte's season finale, Vonleh had another 12-rebound game against the Toronto Raptors.[11]

Portland Trail Blazers (2015–2018)Edit

On June 24, 2015, Vonleh was traded, along with Gerald Henderson, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Nicolas Batum.[12] On November 15, 2015, he registered his first career start in a game against his former team, the Charlotte Hornets. In just under 24 minutes of action, he recorded nine points and six rebounds.[13] On January 23, 2016, he scored a season-high 11 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. In late March, Vonleh was replaced in the starting lineup by Maurice Harkless.[14]

In his 47 games prior to center Jusuf Nurkić joining the Trail Blazers in a trade in February 2017, Vonleh averaged just 3.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. With Nurkić in the lineup, Vonleh began to thrive after the All-Star Break,[15] averaging 6.7 points on 57.5% shooting and 7.2 rebounds in the final 26 games of the season. Vonleh recorded four double-doubles in that span, and netted his first game-winner as Portland topped the San Antonio Spurs at the buzzer on April 10.[16] He had 11 double-digit rebounding performances during the season, with six coming in March and April, culminating in a career-high 19-rebound game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the regular season finale.[15]

On November 20, 2017, Vonleh had a season-best game with 11 points and 18 rebounds in a 100–92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.[17]

Chicago Bulls (2018)Edit

On February 8, 2018, Vonleh was traded, along with cash considerations, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the draft rights to Milovan Raković.[18]

New York Knicks (2018–2019)Edit

On July 24, 2018, Vonleh signed with the New York Knicks.[19] On January 25, 2019, he had a career-high 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 109–99 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.[20]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2019–present)Edit

On July 8, 2019, Vonleh signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Charlotte 25 0 10.4 .395 .385 .692 3.4 .2 .2 .4 3.3
2015–16 Portland 78 56 15.1 .421 .239 .745 3.9 .4 .3 .3 3.6
2016–17 Portland 74 41 17.1 .481 .350 .638 5.2 .4 .4 .4 4.4
2017–18 Portland 33 12 14.4 .490 .333 .742 5.1 .4 .2 .3 3.6
2017–18 Chicago 21 4 19.0 .413 .300 .481 6.9 1.0 .6 .3 6.9
2018–19 New York 68 57 25.3 .470 .336 .712 7.8 1.9 .7 .8 8.4
Career 299 170 17.7 .453 .316 .683 5.4 .8 .4 .4 5.1

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Portland 6 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .7 .3 .3 .0 .0
2017 Portland 4 2 25.0 .444 .000 .000 7.3 2.0 .3 1.0 4.5
Career 10 2 11.2 .381 .000 .400 3.3 1.0 .3 .4 1.8

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Indiana 30 29 26.5 .523 .485 .716 9.0 .6 .9 1.4 11.3

Personal lifeEdit

Vonleh is the son of Samuel Vonleh and Renell Kumeh, and has two siblings.[2] His paternal grandfather, Chief Blahsue Vonleh, was Paramount Chief of the Doe Clan, Nimba County, Liberia from 1920 until his death in 1947.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holmes, Baxter (June 24, 2014). "Noah Vonleh's physical tools intrigue NBA teams". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Indiana Hoosiers – Noah Vonleh – 2013–14". IUHoosiers.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Finkelstein, Adam (November 11, 2012). "Noah Vonleh chooses Indiana". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Noah Vonleh Stats". sports-reference.com. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Noah Vonleh Declares For NBA Draft". IUHoosiers.com. April 3, 2014. Archived from the original on April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Hornets Select Noah Vonleh". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Hornets sign first-round draft pick Noah Vonleh". InsideHoops.com. July 25, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Vonleh Undergoes Successful Surgery". NBA.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Hornets Assign Noah Vonleh To Fort Wayne Mad Ants of NBA D-League". NBA.com. December 28, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015.
  10. ^ "Hornets Recall Noah Vonleh from Fort Wayne Mad Ants". NBA.com. December 31, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  11. ^ "Noah Vonleh 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Trail Blazers Acquire Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson from Charlotte". NBA.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Freeman, Joe (November 16, 2015). "Trail Blazers notes: Noah Vonleh and Cliff Alexander make different debuts, Damian Lillard makes progress". oregonlive.com. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "Noah Vonleh 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Buchanan, Ryne (May 11, 2017). "Noah Vonleh 2016-17 Season in Review". blazersedge.com. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  16. ^ "2016-17 Player Profile: Noah Vonleh". NBA.com. May 12, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  17. ^ "McCollum has 29 points to lead Portland past Memphis". ESPN.com. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "BULLS COMPLETE TRADE WITH TRAIL BLAZERS". NBA.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  19. ^ "NEW YORK KNICKS SIGN NOAH VONLEH". NBA.com. July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Even without Dinwiddie, Nets' bench too much for Knicks". ESPN.com. January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  21. ^ "TIMBERWOLVES SIGN NOAH VONLEH". NBA.com. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  22. ^ "Liberia: NBA Bound - Grandson of Former Nimba Chief On Lakers, Celtics Radar". AllAfrica.com. May 22, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015.

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