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Friday, October 10, 2014

Hornets Injury Update: Noah Vonleh cleared for one-on-one contact

By on 10/10/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Charlotte Hornets opened preseason on Wednesday with a 106-92 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.  Gary Neal lead the Hornets with 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench.  After finishing 11 games out in the Southeast Division with 43 wins last season, the Hornets look to improve an offense that ranked just 23rd in the NBA in scoring.  They are not at full strength entering preseason games, as first round pick Noah Vonleh is recovering from a sports hernia. The good news is that he has been cleared for one-on-one contact.

I reported on September 26 that Vonleh, who suffered a sports hernia on September 4, was recovering nicely and starting on-court work.

An update on Vonleh, as reported by Rick Bonnell at, is that he could start playing 5-on-5 next week after missing all of training camp due to a sports hernia.  Vonleh has been running and shooting on his own and played one-on-one Wednesday for the first time since the injury.

Although excited to be back on the court, he's being cautious with the injury.
“I’m trying to see how I’m feeling when I’m moving laterally and when guys are physical with me, how I respond to it. I was a little sore. I was icing a lot last night. But I’m feeling good."

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Vonleh, a 6' 9", 240 pound power forward, played only one season at Indiana. He averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and and 1.4 blocked shots in 26.5 minutes per game. He shot 52.3 percent from the floor and 71.6 percent from the free throw line.

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