Louisville offers 5-star PF Vonleh

Noah Vonleh, a five-star forward from New Hampshire, finished in the Top 5 in scoring and rebounding at the NBA Top 100 Camp. So it's no surprise Rick Pitino offered a scholarship on Monday. Scout.com's No. 1-ranked PF tells InsideTheVille.com he's "definitely interested" in the Cardinals.

Why did Louisville offer Noah Vonleh, a 6-8 2014 power forward New Hampton, NH?

Simple. He plays the game at an extremely high level.

A five-star prospect, the 225-pound Vonleh was one of the brightest stars last week at the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, where he finished in the Top 5 in both scoring and rebounding.

While attending the NBA Camp, Vonleh received a text message on the first day of the contact period from a Louisville assistant telling him the Cardinals would be in contact. Monday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino called Vonleh and offered a scholarship to the talented junior forward.

"This is something new," Vonleh said. "I haven't really heard from Louisville before. I'm definitely interested. They're a good program and they always have good players. They have a good style of play. Rick Pitino is a great coach and they sometimes send players to the NBA."

Rated the No. 1 power forward in the 2014 recruiting class, Vonleh already boasts several impressive scholarship offers. He told InsideTheVille.com last week that he is taking the recruiting process slowly and remains "wide-open" to all schools.

"I don't have a list right now but I have offers from Boston College, Providence, UConn, Auburn, UCLA, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio State and Indiana," Vonleh said.

While Vonleh remains "wide-open" with his recruitment, he admitted that a few schools on his list are currently standing out…talking up North Carolina, in particular.

"Ohio State, Indiana, UNC and Arizona," Vonleh said. "UNC sends players to the NBA all the time and they have had players that they say I resemble and play like - Marvin Williams and Harrison Barnes."

A terrific prospect who is blessed with 7-3 wingspan, Vonleh is skilled enough to make plays on the perimeter, but was also nasty enough around the basket to be one of the top rebounders at the NBA Camp.

"I'm a point-forward, I can take the ball off the board, start the break and get my teammates easy buckets," said Vonleh. "I can also back down smaller guys to the post and go to work down low or beat my guy from the wing if he's slower than me."

Vonleh, one of 25 underclassmen invited to the NBA Top 100 Camp, said the experience of playing against older, more experienced players in Virginia will help elevate his game in July, when college coaches are allowed to evaluate.

"It's good playing with guys more physical and stronger, who are maybe better than you," Vonleh said. "It is always good to play against competition like that to help get you better."


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