With each game this season we'll put the spotlight on an Indiana player that we believe is someone to keep an eye on for that particular game.
For the season opener with Chicago State tonight, a lot of eyes from Hoosier Nation will be on talented 6-10 forward Noah Vonleh.
Vonleh gave Indiana fans a glimpse of what to expect in his two exhibition games against Southern Indiana and Hillsdale College. He averaged 21.5 minutes per game in the two games, made 8-of-13 shots from the field (61.5 percent) and had 21 rebounds for a 10.5 average. Eight of those rebounds were on the offensive end. He also had no assists, four turnovers, three blocks and two steals.
Vonleh has all the potential to be a player that can take over a game down low in the block for the Hoosiers. He is very athletic, can really jump and is relentless around the basket. The big question mark for the true freshman will be free throw shooting until he proves otherwise. In two exhibition games, Vonleh missed all eight of his foul attempts. No one should be surprised if at some point an opponent takes the approach of having Vonleh beat them from the foul line. At the very least, every time he steps to the free throw line for the first few games, Indiana fans will have a sense of anticipation.
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