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NBA draft: Charlotte Hornets Noah Vonleh, No. 9 overall, at a glance

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Noah Vonleh, the Charlotte Hornets’ top pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, takes questions during an interview in New York.

Noah Vonleh

18 years old, freshman, Indiana

The 6-foot-10, 247-pound center averaged 11.3 points per game in 26.5 minutes in his only season at Indiana. He averaged nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He also shot 45.2 percent from the field. He has a 7-foot-4 wingspan.

Honors

• Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Third Team All-Big Ten

Standout Fact

Was the highest rated freshman in the Indiana 2013 signing class.

What they’re saying

“While NBA scouts had doubts about his NBA readiness before the season began – some still do – they see him as someone with incredible NBA upside. He’s big, he’s athletic, he can score both inside and outside, he rebounds and he has a reputation of being a hard worker and someone who is easy to coach. Players like that don’t really grow on trees.” ESPN’s Chad Ford

“Vonleh was the rare bright spot for an all-over-the-place Indiana team who basically averaged a double-double in 26 minutes per game, and his upside is too good for him to go (very low) – especially considering the way he measured at the combine.” CBS Gary Parrish

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