Noah Vonleh

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Noah Vonleh
Vonleh over Kaminsky.png
Vonleh scores over Frank Kaminsky while playing for the Hoosiers
No. 21 – Portland Trail Blazers
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-08-24) August 24, 1995 (age 20)
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Haverhill (Haverhill, Massachusetts)
New Hampton School
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
College Indiana (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Charlotte Hornets
2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)
2015–present Portland Trail Blazers
Career highlights and awards

Noah Vonleh (born August 24, 1995) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Indiana University. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the power forward position.

High school career[edit]

Vonleh attended Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts before transferring to New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire in 2011.[1] As a junior in 2011–12, he averaged 16 points and nine rebounds per game. As a senior in 2012–13, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists per game, going on to earn McDonald’s All-American honors.[2]

On November 10, 2012, Vonleh signed a letter of intent to play for Indiana University, turning down offers from Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, and Ohio State, among others. Upon committing to Indiana he said, "Their academics are good, they're the No. 1 team in the country and they've got another great class coming in next year."[3]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Noah Vonleh
Haverhill, Massachusetts New Hampton School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Nov 10, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Indiana, Vonleh was named to the 2014 All-Big Ten third team and All-Freshman team, as well as being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. In 30 games (29 starts), he averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 26.5 minutes per game.[4]

On April 3, 2014, Vonleh declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.[5]

College statistics[edit]

2013–14 Indiana 30 29 26.5 .523 .485 .716 9.0 0.6 0.9 1.4 11.3

Professional career[edit]

Charlotte Hornets (2014–2015)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Vonleh was selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.[6] On July 25, 2014, he signed with the Hornets.[7] On September 2, 2014, he underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia and was ruled out for six to eight weeks.[8] After making just four appearances for the Hornets to start the 2014–15 season, he was assigned to Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on December 28, 2014.[9] Vonleh only saw two games in the D-League before being recalled by the Hornets on December 31 after averaging 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.[10]

Portland Trail Blazers (2015–present)[edit]

On June 24, 2015, Vonleh was traded, along with Gerald Henderson, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Nicolas Batum.[11] On September 30, Portland exercised his third-year team option prior to the 2015–2016 season.[12] Vonleh's first start in his NBA career took place on November 15, 2015 in a 106 to 94 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Charlotte 25 0 10.4 .395 .385 .692 3.4 .2 .2 .4 3.3
Career 25 0 10.4 .395 .385 .692 3.4 .2 .2 .4 3.3


Vonleh is the son of Samuel Vonleh and Renell Kumeh, and has two siblings.[2] His paternal grandfather, Chief Blahsue Vonleh, was Paramount Chief of the Doe Clan, Nimba County, Liberia from 1920 until his death in 1947.[14]


  1. ^ Holmes, Baxter (June 24, 2014). "Noah Vonleh’s physical tools intrigue NBA teams". Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Noah Vonleh Bio". Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ Finkelstein, Adam (November 11, 2012). "Noah Vonleh chooses Indiana". Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Noah Vonleh Stats". Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Noah Vonleh Declares For NBA Draft". April 3, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hornets Select Noah Vonleh". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. June 26, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hornets sign first-round draft pick Noah Vonleh". July 25, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Vonleh Undergoes Successful Surgery". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hornets Assign Noah Vonleh To Fort Wayne Mad Ants of NBA D-League". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 28, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Hornets Recall Noah Vonleh from Fort Wayne Mad Ants". December 31, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Trail Blazers Acquire Noah Vonleh and Gerald Henderson from Charlotte". June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Trail Blazers Exercise Team Options On McCollum, Plumlee and Vonleh". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 30, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ Freeman, Joe (November 16, 2015). "Trail Blazers notes: Noah Vonleh and Cliff Alexander make different debuts, Damian Lillard makes progress". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Liberia: NBA Bound - Grandson of Former Nimba Chief On Lakers, Celtics Radar". May 22, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 

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