Vonleh scores over Frank Kaminsky while playing for the Hoosiers
|No. 21 – Portland Trail Blazers|
August 24, 1995 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Haverhill (Haverhill, Massachusetts)
New Hampton School
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
|NBA draft||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Charlotte Hornets|
|2014||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2015–present||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Noah Vonleh (born August 24, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Indiana University. Standing at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he plays at the power forward position.
High school career
Vonleh attended Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts, before transferring to New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire, in 2011. 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.
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."
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Haverhill, Massachusetts||New Hampton School||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||235 lb (107 kg)||Nov 10, 2012|
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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.
On April 3, 2014, Vonleh declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.
Charlotte Hornets (2014–2015)
On June 26, 2014, Vonleh was selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. On July 25, 2014, he signed with the Hornets. On September 2, 2014, he underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia and was ruled out for six to eight weeks. After making just four appearances for the Hornets to start the 2014–15 season, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League on December 28, 2014. 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.
Portland Trail Blazers (2015–present)
On June 24, 2015, Vonleh was traded, along with Gerald Henderson, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Nicolas Batum. On September 30, 2015, the Trail Blazers exercised their third-year team option on Vonleh's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. On November 15, 2015, he registered his first career start in a game against his former team, the Charlotte Hornets. In just under 24 minutes of action, he recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds. On January 23, 2016, he scored a season-high 11 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. In late March, Vonleh was replaced in the starting lineup by Maurice Harkless.
On August 31, 2016, Vonleh underwent a procedure to remove a bone fragment from his right thigh musculature. He recovered in time to play in the Trail Blazers' season opener on October 25, 2016 against the Utah Jazz. In 16 minutes off the bench, Vonleh scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting in a 113–104 win. On March 26, 2017, he grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a 97–81 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
NBA career statistics
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Vonleh is the son of Samuel Vonleh and Renell Kumeh, and has two siblings. His paternal grandfather, Chief Blahsue Vonleh, was Paramount Chief of the Doe Clan, Nimba County, Liberia from 1920 until his death in 1947.
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