How good is Noah Vonleh?
When Vonleh decided Monday to reclassify and join the recruiting Class of 2013 (Jeff Borzello, CBS Sports Recruiting Blogger reports), he was immediately inserted as the No. 7 player in the ESPN Recruiting Nation Top 100.
Borzello describes the 6'8", 220-lb power forward (with a 7'4" wingspan) from Haverhill, Mass. (New Hampton School):
He is a superb talent who is only getting better. He can play both forward positions, and is one of the best rebounders in the country. Over the spring and summer, Vonleh made an effort to expand his offensive game, spending time on the perimeter and becoming more of a matchup problem for defenders.
Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director says:
Vonleh established himself as an elite prospect in the Class of 2014 due in large part to his offensive versatility. the fact that he has already demonstrated that he can hit the open 3-point shot and has shown how effective he is in any pick-and-pop actions, will make him a hot commodity immediately. Perhaps his greatest asset is putting the ball on the floor and slashing to the rim. You put a like-sized defender or a smaller guy on him and he takes him to the elbow and begins to operate his face-up game or he makes a flex cut to the basket and now it's a layup. He’s a guy you want to move around on offense and take advantage of his various skills: shooting, ball handling, and at times, passing and facilitating for others.
Through a statement released by his school, Vonleh said that Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio State have recruited him the hardest so far.
Borzello cited a source that added Florida and Syracuse to that list to identify the primary schools in the mix for Vonleh.
While these top programs may be the early leaders, you can bet it won't be long before Coach Cal, Coach K, Bill Self, Sean Miller and a host of other top-flight recruiters will be putting their full-court press on the 17-year-old man-child.