Vonleh On UNC Radar

As North Carolina furthers its evaluation of the 2014 class, Noah Vonleh maintains a prominent spot on the Tar Heel staff's radar.

Vonleh, a 6-8 standout at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, said UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson was up to see him earlier this month.

"Coach Steve Robinson came up to watch me play against a Canada prep school," Vonleh said. "I didn't talk to him because he had to leave, but they've been up to the games and stuff like that."

According to Vonleh, UNC began showing interest last summer. The staff watched him with his Mass Rivals squad, Roy Williams visited New Hampton in the fall, and most recently was Robinson's visit. He has also been put on the phone with them several times.

During conversations with UNC assistant coach Jerod Haase, a possible scholarship offer was discussed.

"When I talked to Coach Hasse in the summer he said they should be offering soon," Vonleh said. "He said I'd probably be one of the youngest players since Kendall Marshall to be offered by them."

"It sounded pretty good," Vonleh said about the possible offer. "But it didn't make that big of a difference. I just need to keep getting in the gym and getting better and hopefully I can play for a top program."

Vonleh, who noted Harrison Barnes is one of his favorite players, said he enjoys playing fast and that's one of the reasons he has interest in North Carolina. The style of play sticks out to him.

"With Carolina, I like the way they play an up-tempo game," he said. "They get out and run. They push the ball and get up and down the floor."

Vonleh said he currently has scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, UCLA and Georgia Tech. He also mentioned interest from Kentucky, Duke and Ohio State.

"It's going pretty good," Vonleh said about his recruitment. "I'm taking in all the interest and offers and just going through the process."

"There aren't any schools that stick out right now," he added.

On the court, Vonleh is having a strong sophomore campaign. Already regarded as a top 10 prospect in the 2014 class, the talented forward has added to his game. His jump shot is getting better and he's rebounding the ball at a high level.

"I'm trying to get in the gym every day and get better and work on my shot," he said. "I'm trying to get a high arc on my shot so I can start hitting everything. I'm continuing to do my ball handling drills and keep my handle."

When asked to describe his game, Vonleh, who said he patterns his game after Kevin Durant, said he's a guy that can play both forward spots.

"I'm a combo forward that could get the rebound and start the break and find my teammates that are open and make plays. I'm a combo forward. If a smaller guy is on me I can go to the post and get buckets there or I could go out to the wing if I have somebody slow covering me."

A five-star prospect, Vonleh is currently rated No. 1 at the power forward position and No. 6 overall in the 2014 recruiting class by Scout.com.

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