HoopsHype Noah Vonleh rumors

December 31, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has recalled forward Noah Vonleh from its NBA D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Vonleh will rejoin the team for tonight’s game against the Houston Rockets. Vonleh saw action in two games with the Mad Ants, averaging 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block in 13.0 minutes per game. He shot .353 from the field (6-17) and .667 from beyond the three-point line (2-3). NBA.com

December 28, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has assigned forward Noah Vonleh to its NBA D-League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. "We believe Noah would benefit greatly from additional game experience," Cho said. "He will be able to get that playing time through this D-League assignment.” NBA.com

December 27, 2014 Updates

The context on this is Vonleh had surgery in early September to repair a sports hernia. That cost him the voluntary workouts, where the basics of the Hornets’ system were taught, plus almost all of the preseason. I asked Hornets coach Steve Clifford to offer specifics why he doesn’t play Vonleh in anything but mop-up minutes right now. ”It’s the speed of the game: To play consistent, regular minutes you have to have a comfort level with how the NBA game is played,” Clifford said. “Unfortunately once the season starts you only have certain stretches of the year where you can practice a lot. He’s a 19-year-old who missed all of September, when the foundation was put in, and all of October and is now playing catch-up. The thing that gives him a chance is he’s very gifted and a great worker. But it would be tough for anybody” to catch up quickly after missing his rookie preseason. Charlotte Observer

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It’s generally assumed the Philadelphia 76ers will pick guard Dante Exum with the third overall pick. But a person close to the Sixers said Indiana forward Noah Vonleh is drawing keen interest as well. Racine Journal-Times

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