PC Prospect Profile: Noah Vonleh

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – No matter who you ask about the top basketball players in America in the class of 2014, you are almost sure to hear the name Noah Vonleh in the answer.

A 6-foot-8, 220-pound combo forward out of the New Hampton School (NH), Vonleh is a major target of the Providence Friars—as well as many other schools.

"UConn, Providence, BC, Arizona, Indiana, and Ohio State are the schools that talked to me when they were allowed to text," Vonleh said on Sunday at NBPA Top 100 Camp.

The elite frontcourt prospect said all of those programs have offered. In addition, he is hearing from a couple other schools.

"Kentucky, Louisville, they are showing some interest, talked to their assistants," Vonleh said. "So, hopefully they offer soon."

Asked who is coming at him the hardest at this point in time, Vonleh replied, "Ohio State, Indiana, Providence, BC, schools like that."

Vonleh claims "no favorites at all" at this stage of his recruitment. Additionally, he has not begun to come up with a timetable for a commitment.

"I haven't even really thought about a decision at this moment," Vonleh said.

Although he may not know when he is going to make his choice, Vonleh does know what he is looking for in a college.

"A school that's good academically and fits me best to get ready for the next level," Vonleh said.

While some players grew up rooting for a certain school, that is not the case when it comes to Vonleh.

"No, not really," he said. "I liked watching a couple schools play, though"

Vonleh also noted that he is not concerned with staying in New England for his college years.

"No, it doesn't really matter, I'm not sure yet," he said.

While Providence's location may not be an advantage in Vonleh's recruitment, the Friars are still very much in the mix.

"I just talk to [Ed] Cooley," Vonleh said of PC. "He hasn't really said too much about anything. I just talk to him. He sees how I'm doing, if I'm still working out a lot and stuff like that."

Vonleh elaborated a bit on his connection with Cooley, the head coach at PC.

"He went to the school that I'm at right now, New Hampton," Vonleh said. "He came up there for the graduation. He's an alumni of New Hampton, so I see him all the time I guess."

Understandably, Vonleh said that Cooley being a New Hampton alum will not be a factor in his decision, but rather is just an interesting tidbit.

Speaking of New Hampton, Vonleh said that he will "probably" be back at the prep school next year. However, he is not sure if he will remain in the class of 2014 or return to his original class of 2013. "I'm not sure yet," Vonleh said. "I'm just—I'm undecided."

As aforementioned, a number of schools contacted Vonleh—he said Ohio State was first—once they were allowed to do so. He touched on his thoughts about the new NCAA policy allowing schools to send text messages.

"It's a good way to get a better relationship with the player," Vonleh said, "but it might get annoying after a while because you might be doing something else and you don't wanna be talking to coaches all the time."

Although many list him as a power forward, Vonleh said that he sees himself as a three man and that is what most are recruiting him as. Additionally, he mentioned that he likes Kevin Durant when he was asked who he compares his game to.

Vonleh went into a bit more detail about his game, beginning with his primary strengths on the hardwood.

"Getting the ball off the rim and dribbling it up and creating plays for my teammates," Vonleh said.

As for his chief weakness, Vonleh commented, "I need to develop a midrange game."

Vonleh also talked about his time at NBPA Top 100 Camp.

"It's been good," Vonleh said. "[I have] been able to play against a lot of the top players in the country and try to play my best against them."

So, how does Vonleh think he stacks up against those top players?

"I think I played I played pretty good," Vonleh said. "Some people might say I'm a top player."

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