Indiana forward Noah Vonleh was projected to be a late lottery pick several months ago. Now, the former Hoosiers star is predicted by some to go as high as fourth or fifth at the 2014 NBA Draft--which is why it made perfect sense for the Utah Jazz to bring him in for a workout on Monday, June 16.
The Jazz, who currently hold the No. 5 pick at the draft, have seen Vonleh on several occasions before, according to an article in Monday’s Deseret News. This time around, the Jazz wanted to see what Vonleh could do in the club’s patented pre-draft 3-on-3 workouts at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
Vonleh averaged 11 points and nine rebounds and the key word for the 18 year old who played just one season of college basketball appears to be potential. He’s 6-feet-10-inches--but has a 7-4 wingspan and shot an amazing 48 percent from three-point land--not to mention 53 percent from the floor for the Hoosiers.
Those numbers alone would warrant attention from almost any NBA team, so it’s of little surprise that the Jazz have taken such an interest in Vonleh as the draft approaches. He is the second high profile player to have visited Utah in the past several days; UCLA’s wunderkind walking triple-double, or 6-8 point-forward Kyle Anderson, projected by several mock drafts to fall to the Jazz with their No. 23 selection, worked out for Utah on Friday.
Monday’s workout with Vonleh also featured Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, a player who appears to be under consideration as a second round draft choice and is someone the Jazz could select with their No. 35 pick. Brown averaged 17 points--but only shot 47 percent on his treys for the Cowboys, who also had projected high lottery pick Marcus Smart in the lineup.
Other players who worked out Monday included George Mason guard Bryon Allen, Syracuse forward C.J. Fair, Marquette forward Jamil Wilson and UCLA forward Travis Wear. None of the four are expected to be drafted--but could receive a summer league invite.