Haverhill's Vonleh signs 2-year deal with Hornets

Haverhill's Vonleh signs 2-year deal with Hornets
July 25, 2014, 4:15 pm
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BOSTON — Haverhill, Mass., native Noah Vonleh has signed a two-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced on Friday.

Vonleh, who starred at Indiana in his lone season for the Hoosiers, was selected by Charlotte with the ninth pick overall in the NBA Draft last month.

Teams usually sign first-round picks to maximum allowed (120 percent) of their rookie scale salary, which means Vonleh's rookie salary this season will be $2.5242 million.

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year averaged 11.3 points, a Big Ten-best nine rebounds along with 1.4 blocked shots per game.

Offensively, he shot 52.3 percent from the field and 48.5 percent on 3s.

Vonleh was among the players given some consideration by the Celtics, who instead drafted Marcus Smart with the No. 6 overall pick.

"It would be a great opportunity," Vonleh said after working out for Boston in June. "Being able to stay in Boston play in front of my family and friends. I watched the Boston Celtics a lot growing up. I think it would be a great opportunity."

However, Vonleh's situation in Charlotte is much better than what he what have been facing with the Celtics.

A 6-foot-9 forward who can also score facing the basket as well as in the post, Vonleh will see action as a rookie with the lone inside scoring threat on the Charlotte roster being ex-Celtic Al Jefferson.