Big Ten Freshman of the Year Noah Vonleh plans to leave Indiana University for the NBA.
"I made the decision the other day, I'm going to the NBA. I went home over Spring Break, talked to my family, that was the best decision for me," Vonleh told Eyewitness News Wednesday night.
CBS Sports had reported Vonleh's decision on Monday, but the university had not confirmed he was leaving. Coach Tom Crean announced Monday that redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) and sophomore Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) were also leaving the IU program.
Vonleh averaged 11.3 points for the Hoosiers, playing more than 26 minutes per game. Indiana finished the season with a 17-15 record, but just a 7-11 mark in the conference and failed to make the NCAA tournament.
"I enjoyed my time in Indiana, but it was a real difficult description. I'm going to miss playing with these guys, but I had to do what was best for me," he said.
The Haverhill, Mass. native says he's unsure where he may be picked in the NBA Draft this June.
"I really don't know. I've been hearing a lot of things, but I hope whoever picks me, I hope to just go over there and keep getting better and show the best of my abilities in the league," Vonleh said.
He said he plans to sign with an agent in the next couple weeks while working out and showing teams how he's "able to contribute to their program."