Hornets ink rookie Vonleh, veteran Pargo

The Charlotte Hornets signed rookie, and ninth overall pick, Noah Vonleh on Friday. Vonleh was Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and entered the NBA draft after one season at Indiana.

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The Charlotte Hornets announced two signings on Friday, adding both youth and veteran leadership to the team.

While financial terms were not disclosed, general manager Rich Cho reported the signing of first-round draft pick Noah Vonleh. The team also added point guard, and 10-year pro Jannero Pargo, who was re-signed to a one-year deal.

Vonleh was the ninth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft, after playing one season at Indiana University. He was an early-entry candidate after scoring 11.3 points and nine rebounds per game. The 6-foot-10-inch Vonleh also was awarded the Big Ten Freshman of the Year trophy.

After the draft, Vonleh got an early start on his professional career by playing in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. In seven games he scored 9.1 points and grabbed 10 rebounds per game. He shot 28.4 percent from the floor, after starting summer action 0 for 13.

It’s likely Vonleh won’t be rushed into action. Hornets coach Steve Clifford is on record stating he’ll bring Vonleh along slowly, even though he sees upside in the rookie.

Charlotte’s contract with Pargo is a deal to bring him in as the third point guard.

Pargo played in 29 games last season for Charlotte, shooting 44.1 percent from the floor, 40 percent from the 3-point line and averaging 4.7 points per game.

In 10 seasons in the NBA, Pargo has played in 490 games, averaged 6.4 points per game and shot 39.1 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.