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June 25, 2014

Vonleh's voyage

Haverhill hoop sensation will be a high first round pick tomorrow

In the amazing life of Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh, this week ranks right up the top.

Get your driver’s license on Monday.

Jet to New York City to see your name in lights up in Times Square and ultimately get chosen in the lottery of Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

Talk about a life-changer.

“Not for anything, but it’s something we knew was going to happen, and we knew it a long time ago,” said Vonleh’s AAU basketball coach Vin Pastore of the Rivals Basketball Club.

“I think a lot of us saw how very special Noah was at a very young age, not just because of his physical tools but his makeup and desire. You could tell the greatness would come to him.”

Greatness, riches and life in the public-eye have been thrust on Vonleh, who left Indiana University after one season and has yet to reach his 19th birthday.

Experts have tossed out all sorts of predictions for Vonleh, who played two seasons at Haverhill High School then transferred to New Hampton Prep for his last two years of high school.

The only sound advice in watching the draft on Thursday night is do not be late turning on ESPN. It begins at 7:30 p.m., and Vonleh is destined to go soon, with reports of anywhere from No. 3 to Philadelphia to No. 8 Sacramento.

Celtics fans might hope that Vonleh is available at No. 6, where the Green are slated to make the first of their two picks in Round 1. No. 17 is the other.

“I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NBA, it’s finally coming,” said Vonleh on NBA.com. “It’s coming quick.

“The draft preparation process has been exciting, exhausting, interesting, challenging and inspiring. My favorite part has been the different team workouts and having a chance to compete against some of the guys I played against in college.”

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