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Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh projects as ‘high lottery pick’

Noah Vonleh blocked a shot by Illinois guard Tracy Abrams.

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Noah Vonleh blocked a shot by Illinois guard Tracy Abrams.

Haverhill product Noah Vonleh told CBSSports.com Sunday that he plans to enter the 2014 NBA Draft after playing his freshmen season at Indiana University, where the 6-foot-10 Vonleh averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Hoosiers.

An NBA scout of an Eastern Conference team told the Globe that Vonleh should be a “high lottery pick.”

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“He is only 18 years old and in my opinion will be better than (Julius) Randle at Kentucky,” the scour said. “He has size, length, athleticism, motor, rebounds, blocks shots and a developing offensive game. He has a chance to be special. I just saw him at the Big Ten Tournament and was very impressed.”

Vonleh played for Pete Hutchins at the New Hampton School, a prep school in New Hampshire, and before that for Haverhill High.

He was a McDonald’s High School All-American and ranked as the No. 7 high school recruit nationally in the 2013 class by scout.com.

“He can get into an NBA game today and contribute to winning, though that may not be saying much as there are bigs in the league that have no right to be,” the scout said.

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