The Lakers held a large workout today.
One of those players is Noah Vonleh. He had a few things to say after the workout. He may be available for the #7 pick in the draft, and outside of a solid freshman year at Indiana, is known for his 7’4″ wingspan, near 1′ width with his hands, rebounding ability, and 3-point range.
Vonleh has a calm demeanor, and gave credit to other guards who participated in the workout. He specifically pointed out Gary Harris, Tyler Ennis, and Marcus Smart. Surprisingly, he mentioned how he was a Laker fan, and finds himself being compared to LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh.
In high school, his game was very similar to Chris Bosh. He took players off-the-dribble behind the 20′ line and could hit consistently from the NCAA 3-point arc. What catches people off-guard, is his ball-handling abilities for a full 6’9″ player. His hands and wingspan allow him to control the basketball well off-the-dribble, and attack comfortably to the basket, just like a small forward.
After his senior year of high school, he gained 20lbs. in weight and changed his game dramatically. Vonleh operated in the paint a lot more, and attacked the basket from 15′ and in. This affected his offensive game. Post touches were inconsistent. His approach in regards to footwork in the paint was awkward at times. He forced shots in the paint. Still, his NBA translatable skills of rebounding and 3-point accuracy were consistent throughout his year at Indiana. It may just be a matter of time before he shows crafty footwork to get better looks at the basket, leading to better finishing ability around the hoop.
Personally, Vonleh seemed a lot more effective playing a Chris Bosh-type role. He was very comfortable facing the basket, and was able to use his guard-like skills along with his athleticism and length to finish at the rim. Once he figures out what works best for him, his upside will be tremendously high. He could be a steal pick at #7.
If this was last year’s draft, he would be the undisputed #1 pick.