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February 16, 2014

Under the Lights: NBA homecoming for Vonleh?

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman came out with his first NBA mock draft and it was quite an eye-opener. Particularly for local fans. He had none other than Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh of Haverhill going to the Celtics with the No. 6 pick.

The 6-10, 240-pound, 18-year-old is averaging 11.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29.6 minutes a game while shooting .542. He leads the Big 10 in rebounding and is fifth in shooting.

LOCAL G.M.

Pentucket grad Taylor Fisher (PRHS ‘07) of Merrimac has been named the general manager of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League’s Old Orchard Beach (Maine) Raging Tide. He graduated in September from Northeastern with a master’s degree in sports leadership.

BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW

The late Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam, the bruising 6-9, 250-pounder who played in the NBA from 1987-2000, didn’t even play his first two years of high school. He wrestled instead. He played JV ball as a junior.

CAKES ARE BAKING

UTL birthday wishes go out to Johnson and Wales baseball player Tyler Pacheco from Pinkerton (23 on Tuesday), Andover football player Brandon Marti (16 on Thursday), North Central (Ill.) College runner Kevin McMahon from Derry (21 Friday), Merrimack soccer goalie Meghan Gulbrandsen from Haverhill (20 Saturday) and Brooks hockey goalie Max Prawdzik of Andover (17 Saturday).

HUMANITARIAN HOOPSTER

Add to the All-Name Team West Roxbury High boys basketball star Roudy Charitable.

FARMER AND THE CELL

Prison officials say its purely coincidental that ex-Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer is inmate No. 16226-032. Notice those last two numbers. His No. 32 hangs in Kentucky’s Rupp Arena. Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for spending public funds on himself as Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner.

PINKERTON TRIO

Three Pinkerton grads turned in strong efforts at the BU Hemery Invitational. UNH freshman Christopher Poggi ran a 2:31.09 1,000 meters, UNH senior Sean Leighton ran a 4:19.4 mile and Keene State freshman Patrick Chabot had a big finishing kick for a personal best 4:22.42 mile.

LAST OF THE COMANCHES

Add to the All-Name team Chance Comanche of Los Angeles, one of the country’s most highly recruited basketball players.

WELL-TRAVELED

Bentley junior Keegan Hyland of South Portland, Maine, previously attended Gonzaga, UVM, Southern Maine Community College and Fairfield without seeing any playing time at any of the schools. He’s averaging 10.2 points and 5.1 rebound for the Falcons.

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Follow Michael Muldoon on Twitter under the screen name @MullyET.

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