Noah Vonleh named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

Noah Vonleh was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the seventh time. The release from the Big Ten follows.

Northwestern, Penn State and Indiana Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Northwestern’s Crawford and Penn State’s Newbill share Player of the Week honors;

Indiana’s Vonleh tabbed Freshman of the Week

Co-Players of the Week


Drew Crawford, Northwestern

G/F – Sr. – 6-5 – Naperville, Ill. – Naperville Central

  • Averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in Northwestern’s road sweep over #14/13 Wisconsin and Minnesota
  • For the week, shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from three-point range
  • Against the Badgers, poured in a season-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting, pulled down eight rebounds, recorded one block and added one steal in 40 minutes
  • The Wildcats defeated Wisconsin at the Kohl Center for the first time in program history
  • Scored 17 points, corralled five rebounds and handed out three assists against Minnesota, helping the Wildcats secure three straight Big Ten road wins for the first time since 1960
  • Currently the only player in the Big Ten to rank in the top 10 of the conference in both scoring and rebounding
  • Earns his third career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, and first since the 2011-12 season
  • Last Northwestern Player of the Week: John Shurna (Feb. 6, 2012)


D.J. Newbill, Penn State

G – Jr. – 6-4 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Strawberry Mansion


  • Averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in Penn State’s sweep over #24/23 Ohio State and Purdue
  • In the overtime road win over Ohio State, poured in 25 points on nine field goals, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and recorded one block as the Nittany Lions posted their first Big Ten road win over a ranked opponent since 2009
  • With time winding down in regulation against the Buckeyes, hit the game-tying three-pointer to force overtime, and then converted the game-winning field goal with less than two seconds remaining in the extra session
  • Against Purdue, scored 19 points, including an 8-of-10 effort from the free throw line, corralled seven rebounds and handed out three assists
  • Currently ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.6 points per game and third in minutes played (35.1 mpg)
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Player of the Week: Talor Battle (Jan. 31, 2011)


Freshman of the Week


Noah Vonleh, Indiana

F – 6-10 – Haverhill, Mass. – New Hampton School

  • Averaged 8.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field in Indiana’s split against Nebraska and #10/14 Michigan
  • Against the Wolverines, posted his conference-leading ninth double-double of the season with 10 points (5-of-9) and 12 rebounds to go along with two blocks
  • Chipped in seven points on 3-of-5 shooting and corralled three rebounds at Nebraska
  • Currently leads the Big Ten in rebounding at 9.4 per game and is shooting a conference-best 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from three-point range during Big Ten play
  • Earns his seventh Freshman of the Week honor, tied for the second-most since the award began in 2010
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Noah Vonleh (Jan. 21, 2014)


2013-14 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 11

Player: Shavon Shields, NEB

Freshman: Noah Vonleh, IND


Nov. 18

Player: Adreian Payne, MSU

Freshman: Noah Vonleh, IND


Nov. 25

Player: Frank Kaminsky, WIS

Freshman: Bryson Scott, PUR


Dec. 2

Player: Rayvonte Rice, ILL

Freshman: Zak Irvin, MICH


Dec. 9

Player: LaQuinton Ross, OSU

Freshman: Noah Vonleh, IND


Dec. 16

Player: Austin Hollins, MINN

Freshman: Bryson Scott, PUR


Dec. 23

Player: Adreian Payne, MSU

Co-Freshmen: Noah Vonleh, IND and Zak Irvin, MICH


Dec. 30

Co-Players: Rayvonte Rice, ILL and Keith Appling, MSU

Freshman: Nigel Hayes, WIS


Jan. 6

Player: Aaron Craft, OSU

Freshman: Nigel Hayes, WIS


Jan. 13

Player: Roy Devyn Marble, IOWA

Freshman: Noah Vonleh, IND


Jan. 21

Player: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Freshman: Noah Vonleh, IND


Jan. 27

Player: Nik Stauskas, MICH

Freshman: Derrick Walton Jr., MICH


Feb. 3

Player: Drew Crawford, NU and D.J. Newbill, PSU

Freshman: Noah Vonleh, IND


  1. Who votes on this or makes this decision? Seems to me if this is the league coaches then its an effective way of showering Vonleh with as many accolades as possible to make sure he doesn’t come back… Not that he doesn’t deserve it but all I’m saying is spread it around a little, we need him back next year.

  2. I was thinking the same thing AZ Hoosier. I truly think he’ll come back for at least one more year. He a learner and a worker. He’ll be surrounded by better shooters in year two, allowing him to really develop his low post acumen. For him it’ll make the difference between being a top 5 pick and a 6-13 pick. He’ll still go in the lottery, but the paychecks are larger in the top 5. Go Hoosiers.

  3. yeah, this is a league office thing, AZ. It’s not a coaches thing. There just isn’t a lot of competition this year. To me, Zak Irvin is the next best freshman and he’s working as a sixth man. Derrick Walton too, but I’m sure the fact that Vonleh’s team beat Walton’s this week was probably the difference there.

  4. I believe there is little risk of Vonleh going to the NBA next year. He’s a great talent, but its pretty obvious that there is plenty of room for improvement. Another year of Big Ten competition will help him become a top 10 pick, which he would not be if he declared this spring.

    1. Not to burst your bubble, Podunker, but ESPN’s Chad Ford has Vonleh at No. 8 and Jonathan Givony of has him at No. 7. So he’s a pretty likely top 10 pick as is. Now, I happen to agree that his game would benefit from another year in college, but not necessarily his wallet.

  5. Jeremy, you’re not bursting my bubble. I think Ford’s ranking is suspect. Vonleh may be as good an athlete, if not better, but his game is no where near where either VO’s or CZ’s were at last year. I might be surprised, but doubt Vonleh declares this spring.

  6. Po – I don’t think one has anything to do with the other… I believe Vonleh is better right now offensively than Cody ever was, and certainly better on the boards. He’s nowhere near the defender yet, but he has plenty of upside there. There’s no question in my mind he’d be a Top 10 pick in this year’s draft.

    In my mind if Vonleh played on last years team instead of Cody he would have had a much easier time on offense:
    – difficult to double him with all the shooters
    – experienced perimeter players that were more proficient post-entry passers
    – faster pace, leading to more possessions = more opportunities and O-boards

    All that being said, I think he stays because that’s his plan.

  7. Anyone watching this ISU v OK State game? Ridiculous… In its 3rd OT right now and could be headed for another… ISU had a tip-dunk waived off for being 1/10th of a second after the buzzer that would have won it in the first OT, and then hit a 3 at the 2nd OT buzzer to put it into the 3rd… And now just back and forth… Game of the year to this point, at least as far as I’ve seen.

  8. yeah Geoff, I watched it. watching okla st use a back screen on the weakside with a ball reversal to free up an open 3 made me wistful.

  9. Thanks DD –

    My gut says he comes back for one more year. I think he knows he is young and could use the time to work to be a better player but the way the NBA operates is too tempting for players these days. They draft on potential as much or more than results. I wouldn’t blame him if he goes, but man I hope he stays. He has been a surprise to me. I didn’t think he would be as effective this year as he has been.

  10. Geoff, good points in #7, especially the one about the shooters on last year’s team. Well said and something to consider.

    In a separate, but related matter, isn’t Vonleh a “young” freshman. I thought I read somewhere that he just turned 18 not too long ago. Can anyone confirm that?

  11. Thanks, Jeremy. His age, as much as anything else, might be the reason Vonleh stays at IU for a second year. I know some other 18-year olds have gone to the NBA in the past, but those that have enjoyed long-term success were the exception and not the rule. It’s not so much the physical, it’s the mental and emotional maturity that playing in the NBA requires. That’s a lot to ask of such a young man, no matter how talented he is.

  12. You guys have to remember when it comes to big men in the NBA, they always draft on potential and not what they can do now. An NBA team will draft a guy high because they know that they can develop a guy with great potential in a rather short period of time and get their return on investment.

  13. I could see Noah going, he’d learn more as a 19 yr old in the nba than he would as a soph for Crean. (I believe his camp now knows that). I don’t think “the plan” Geoff keeps alluding to holds any water- what you have in mind as a 17 kid with a “plan” has nothing to do with what you think and choose well over a yr later.

    If Noah stays it will be great for IU but I don’t think he owes anyone another yr, especially Crean.

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