NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The National Prep Showcase focuses primarily on the seniors and fifth-year players that are looking to make a last impression on college coaches in attendance.
This past weekend at Albertus Magnus College, though, the most impressive player might have been an underclassman, 2014 forward Noah Vonleh.
The New Hampton Prep (Mass.) averaged 17.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in two victories.
“I thought I played pretty good,” Vonleh said. “I’ve been working on my shooting and getting my handle better.”
Vonleh is only 6-foot-8, but he might be the best rebounder in his class. He has tremendous leaping ability and tracks the ball extremely well. His strength is always a major help.
“I’m long and athletic,” he said. “I just jump and get it.”
There are plenty of schools in the mix for his services. Pittsburgh, Boston College, Syracuse, Arizona, Xavier, Georgia Tech, Auburn, UCLA, Georgetown and Connecticut are all pursuing him with vigor.
Right now, Vonleh is certainly among the top 10 sophomores in the country. After his performance, he makes a case for moving even higher, potentially into the top three.
He said he would remain humble either way.
“I don’t let it get to my head,” Vonleh said.
Photo: Scott Hazelton Basketball