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Noah Vonleh Leaving IU For NBA Draft

Freshman Noah Vonleh told CBSSports.com last night he is leaving Indiana for the NBA draft.

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    Noah Vonleh shoots a free throw in a game against the Washington Huskies.

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    Noah Vonleh makes a fast break against the University of Connecticut.

Indiana University freshman basketball player Noah Vonleh announced last night he will enter the NBA draft after one year at Indiana.

Vonleh told CBSSports.com:

“It’s going to suck leaving college without an NCAA Tournament. But I have to do what’s best for me.”

CBSSports.com reports Vonleh’s chances for being a top pick look good:

NBA sources have told CBSSports.com that he’s guaranteed to go in the lottery, and that the top five of the draft is a possibility.

DraftExpress.com has Vonleh going seventh overall.

The 6-foot-10 freshman averaged 11.3 points and nine rebounds this season.

IU has not released any official comment on Vonleh’s departure.

But IU men’s basketball coach Tom Crean announced today that redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington and sophomore Jeremy Hollowell are to other schools.

“Austin told me this past Saturday night that he would like to take advantage of graduating in May and continue to play by relocating to another University,” Crean said in a statement.  “He is going to be a three-year graduate and wants an opportunity to look for somewhere he can have a larger role. Even though that is his choice, we are going to miss him.”

The 6-foot-6-inch forward averaged 1.8 points and shot 37.7 percent from the field.

Hollowell, a 6-8 guard, averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Neither have announced where they plan to transfer.

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is an education reporter for StateImpact Indiana. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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