Noah Vonleh is a plausible explanation for why some people think basketball is a game where insanely tall guys run after a ball and throw it everywhere just to make some cool dough. Even though Noah isn’t the biggest b-baller in the NBA league, the power forward has always had people asking, “Who the hell is this guy? Well, let’s find out more about him.
Who Is Noah Vonleh?
At the time of writing this article, this guy plays professional basketball for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Noah’s basketball career began in 2011 at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire, shortly after his transfer from Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He started playing as a junior and averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds in each game. As a senior, his score increased to 17, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists in each game. This is how he was awarded the McDonald’s All-American honors.
Noah declined offers to play for North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He decided to play for Indiana University and committed himself to the team in November 2012. In his first season with the Hoosiers, he averaged 1.4 blocks, 9.0 rebounds, and 11.3 points in 30 games. No wonder he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Third Team All-Big Ten in the singles season.
After his freshman campaign, the basketball player decided to leave college and therefore declared his interest in the NBA draft in April 2014. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 9th overall candidate in the first round and then signed with the team in July. But then Noah could not immediately prove himself, as he underwent surgery that kept him off the field for about two months. When he was fit to play again, he had his tour of duty with the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, but returned three days later to play for the Hornets before finally switching to the Portland Trail Blazers in June 2015.
Interestingly, his first game against the Hornets was on November 15, 2015. Within 24 minutes of the game, he scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. After Jusuf Nurkic joined the team in February 2017, Noah’s performance with the team improved significantly. In 2018 he moved to the Chicago Bulls, after being traded in February 2018 for the draft rights to Serbian player Milovan Rakovic. But as fate would have it, his stay with the Bulls would not last as long as his time with the Blazers. In July of the same year, he signed a pact with the New York Knicks, details of the contract were not disclosed.
Of course the above is not all there is to know about this American basketball player. Since there is more about who he is, the following are the facts you would like to know about him.
Facts You Need to Know About Noah
1. His Age
The first fact that you didn’t know about this sports star is that he is quite a young lad. Noah was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, on August 24, 1995, the son of Samuel and Renell Vonleh.
2. Noah Is of Royal African Heritage
Yes! Royal blood flows in the veins of the baller. His paternal grandfather, Chief Blahsue Vonleh, was the supreme chief of the Doe Clan, Nimba County, Liberia from 1920 to 1947. His son Tarkpour Vonleh succeeded him after his death in 1947. A town in Liberia “Vonleh Village” was even named after him. By the way, the name is pronounced “Vonlay” and not “Vonlee”.
3. Height and Weight
This guy is one of the greatest guys ever. Noah Vonleh is 2.06 m (6 feet 10 inches) tall and weighs 245 Ib (111 kg). His height is one of several factors that have helped his career.
4. How Rich Is He?
Although we cannot quantify the total value of Noah Vonleh’s wealth, we would not say that Noah is super-rich. He is only so rich that he could afford to buy his mother a car on Mother’s Day 2015.
For whatever it’s worth, he has earned no less than $2.5 million since the 2014-15 season when he started playing in the NBA.
5. Noah’s Love Life
You might also be pleased to know that this young NBA star is not yet addicted to it. There is no record of past or present affairs, relationships, engagements, or marriages. Well, you never know, maybe he hides them somewhere away from all the paparazzi and social media madness.