Fredderick Edmund VanVleet

Fredderick Edmund VanVleet: Guard

Fun Fact:

VanVleet was one of the 10 semifinalists for the National Player of the Year award.

Bio:

25-year-old Fred VanVleet was born on February 25th, 1994, in Rockford, Illinois, where he played basketball at Auburn High School. His drive of basketball came from his step-father who constantly pushed him to practice every morning, ensuring that he stayed on top of his game. During his highschool career, VanVleet was an All-State first team selection by the Chicago Sun-Time, Associated Press and Chicago Tribune during his senior year. The Rockford born player led his team to a 22-game winning streak, which resulted in the school’s first Illinois High School Association final four since 1975, where he and his team, the Knights, finished in third place for the IHSA state tournament. Following his high school career, VanVleet decided to attend Wichita State, where he, in his first year, recorded double digit scoring twice, one against Gonzaga and another against Ohio State in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. In sophomore year, Fred VanVleet truly flourished, as he averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds, beating his freshman year records by a landslide. VanVleet helped lead the 2013–14 team to the first 31–0 regular season in NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball history. As a result, he was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference first team and selected as the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. In his junior year, VanVleet recorded an average of 13.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. In its preseason top 100 player ranking, VanVleet was listed at number 5 by ESPN. On December 3, against Utah VanVleet, helped Wichita State recover from a 9-point deficit in the final 2:45 of regulation with 8 points (including two three-point shots in the final 1:15). On February 26, VanVleet broke the all-time Wichita State career assist record against Evansville with 431 assists. In his senior year, VanVleet earned Player of the Week honors again on January 11, with 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists. On January 31, VanVleet made all 15 of his free throw attempts on his way to a career high 32 points against Evansville. Following the regular season, VanVleet was named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-league first team and the MVC Larry Bird Trophy Player of the Year for the second time in three years. Overall, Fred Vanvleet’s senior season’s average was 12.2 points. 3.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. VanVleet was not selected in the 2016 NBA draft after declining two offers to agree to play in the NBA Development League at $20,000 for two years by teams interested in drafting him in the second round. After signing to play for the 2016 NBA Summer League, VanVleet signed a multi-year deal with the Raptors on July 18th. The player made his first significant appearance against the Los Angeles Lakers and scored his first two points. On January 17th, in a game against the Brooklyn Nets, VanVleet posted career highs with 25 minutes on the court and recording 10 points. The 25-year-old beat his prior career high on February 3rd, scoring 15 points when the Raptor’s faced off with the Orlando Magic. As a rookie, Vanvleet would also play for the Raptors NBA G-League, the Raptors 905, and in 2017 was part of their championship winning team. In 2017-18, Fred VanVleet averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. The season consisted of VanVleet recorded a career high in with 25 points against the Los Angeles Lakes, and ranked 4th in the NBA in net efficiency per possession. The 2018-19 season was an exciting one for VanVleet and the Raptors as a whole. VanVleet averaged his highest in the NBA with 11 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. The player led the team in a 3-2 series lead during the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 21 points in Game 5. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals, VanVleet scored a playoff career-high 22 points with five 3-pointers off the bench and helped the Raptors win their first NBA Finals Championship. Fred VanVleet came in second place in the voting for NBA Finals MVP.