Hornets Vonleh looking forward to NBA play
Posted July 3
The Charlotte Hornets first round pick Noah Vonleh is looking forward to the NBA summer league and his first shot playing against the best in the sport.
"It’s just really a blessing to make my dreams come true and play in the NBA," Vonleh said on 620AM The Buzz with Mike Maniscalco Thursday. "I can’t wait for summer league, to get a little feel of the NBA and the season will start a couple weeks after that, so I’m looking forward to that.”
The former Indiana center said he was really happy to be in Charlotte – playing for Michael Jordan.
“I’m really honored to have the greatest to play the game see something in me and see that I can help turn the program around," Vonleh.
But he isn't going to be challenging the former NBA star to a game of one-on-one anytime soon.
“I’m probably quicker than him, but he’s probably got it," said Vonleh. "He’s the greatest to play the game; he’s going to find a way to try to win.”
Vonleh said he's really looking forward to the first game but knows he has some work to do to be able to compete at the highest level.
“I’m just a humble guy. I don’t really pay attention to what other people are saying, I just love the game," Vonleh said. "I know I’m going to have to put in a lot of work if I’m going to be a great player at this game."
Vonleh joins former Indiana center Cody Zeller, who helped him throughout the draft process, and former North Carolina guard and 2014 Charlotte draftee PJ Hairston, who he's been working out with in Charlotte – hopeful that the team will return to the NBA playoffs next season and contend with the big stars in the league.
"I’m really looking forward to playing against those guys, just watching those guys growing up seeing how great they are in the game," said Vonleh. "I want to one day be in a category with those guys."