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Tar Heel With A Question

Posted: 6/27/2014 6:13 PM

Tar Heel With A Question 


What can you tell me about Vonleh?

Looks like he and Carolina's P.J. Hairston will be teammates at Charlotte.

Predicting P.J.'s potential is difficult; he might be a role player, or might possssibly turn into an NBA starter. 

When he gets his jumper going he has incredible range.  Pretty muscular too, he should be able to stand up to NBA punishment as a 6'5.5" shooting guard.  Hairston can take it to the hole well too, good enough handle to drive and finish.

I didn't watch you guys at all this past season.  I did see where Vonleh averaged 9.0 rpg.  Nine rebounds in Big Ten play is pretty awesome; it's frequently said on the North Carolina board that rebounding is the one thing that most dependably translates well from Div I to NBA play. 

Hope both our guys do well in the League.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 9:42 PM

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Struggles with shooting off the dribble.  He is a nice set shooter though.  He is a great rebounder.  He struggles with getting position at times or seemed to try to get the ball to far away from the basket.  He will take some time as he is raw offensively.
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Posted: 6/27/2014 11:51 PM

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BrownsburgIN wrote: Struggles with shooting off the dribble.  He is a nice set shooter though.  He is a great rebounder.  He struggles with getting position at times or seemed to try to get the ball to far away from the basket.  He will take some time as he is raw offensively.

If his offense raw as you say, that might not ultimately be a real problem for him.

Conventional wisdom seems to be that shooting and ballhandling in the NBA can be learned/improved by young players with proper coaching. 

If he can do anything like 9.0 rpg in the League, he'll get playing time for sure. 

In Hairston's case the sticking point will probably be his shooting; can he continue as well in the League as he did for us in his last year of play, when he hit for .396 from 3-point range.  PJ frequently showed NBA range on his long shots.

Only time will tell.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 9:44 AM

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I'll add that I never saw him make a good pass (or a bad one).  I am not sure if he ever even attempted a pass out of the post, even when triple teamed.

But...he's got the NBA body already, and has a nose for rebounding the ball.  He is also a nice set-shooter as mentioned before. 

I don't watch a whole lot of NBA, but I would say his ceiling is a Kevin Love type of player.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 7:44 PM

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He is going to be a very good player but remember he is still very young. His growth during one year at IU was incredible however he probably wasn't used like he should have been. We had a C but CTC screwed it up and he transferred so NV could play his more natural position of PF. This forced NV to play C in CTC scheme which took time for NV to get accustom to it. I think NV should have stayed another year but if he felt he was going to be double teamed and shooting focus is on the wing, when you're a top 10 pick, go for the money. Better develpment.

I believe he still struggles off the dribble, banging inside off the dribble, spin moves inside (only because he was double teamed most of the time) but his set shot is good and getting better. His rebounding is very strong but its against college players. Playing older and stronger pro's I'm sure he will structure the first year or two but will be very good. FT shooting very good.

Once he begins to be coached and taught, you will see a tremendous upside. J Parker already has the offensive tools but NV is probably a 1 or 2 away from that.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 7:46 PM

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One other comment, his passing is terrible at this time. Probably his weakest skill.
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