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Fred VanVleet
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VanVleet in 2015
No. 23 – Wichita State Shockers
Position Point guard
League Missouri Valley Conference
Personal information
Born (1994-02-25) February 25, 1994 (age 22)
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Auburn (Rockford, Illinois)
College Wichita State (2012–present)
Career highlights and awards

Fred VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American college basketball player for Wichita State where he has completed his junior season for the 2014–15 team. At Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois, he was an All-State player who was mostly recruited by mid-major basketball programs. In college, he has contributed to a resurgence of Wichita State Shockers basketball that included a final four run in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament by the 2012–13 Shocker team as a freshman and a undefeated regular season by the 2013–14 team as a sophomore. By his sophomore year, he was on midseason watchlists for most major awards. He was named as a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American by a variety of media outlets. He is the Wichita State career assists leader.

High school

VanVleet played for Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois, where he was an All-State first team selection by the Chicago Sun-Times (Class 4A),[1] Associated Press (Class 4A),[2] and Chicago Tribune as a senior in 2012.[3] In 2012, VanVleet helped lead Auburn to a 22-game winning streak which resulted in the school's first Illinois High School Association (IHSA) final four since 1975.[4] He led the Knights to a 3rd-place finish in the IHSA state tournament.[4][5][6]

Van Vleet remained loyal to his local Rockford Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) club team rather than accept offers to more high profile teams in Chicago. Van Vleet did not feel it would make a difference in his recruiting: "As long as you're leading whoever you're playing with, the coaches are going to see that. If they see you competing and winning with guys maybe I shouldn't be winning with, that's maybe even an advantage for me."[7] He received basketball scholarship offers from Colorado State,[8] Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Drake, Detroit and Kent State.[9] His stepfather felt that he was being overlooked by many Chicago metropolitan area schools because of his decision not to join a Chicago AAU team.[10] He cut his list down to Kent State, Northern Illinois and Wichita State.[7] When he accepted an offer to play for Wichita State, he became the only member of the national class of 2012 top 150 to attend a Missouri Valley Conference school.[11]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Fred VanVleet
Rockford, IL Auburn High School (IL) Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". Jul 4, 2011 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 99, 18 (PG)   Rivals: 138, 19 (PG)  ESPN: 83, 15 (PG), 1 (IL)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.



Freshman year

As a freshman, VanVleet contributed double digit scoring twice (versus Gonzaga and Ohio State) in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament from off the bench as the 2012–13 Shockers team reached the final four.[12] Against Gonzaga, his 13 points[13] included basket with 1:28 remaining that helped the Shockers secure only the fifth sweet sixteen appearance by a number 9 seed since the tournament went to 64 teams in 1985.[14][15] His 12 points against Ohio State included a late basket that helped the Shockers become the fifth team with a seeding higher than eight to make it to the final four since 1979 when seeding began.[16]

Sophomore year

He broke out as a sophomore,[17] as expected.[18] On January 8, he posted 10 assists against Illinois State.[19] On January 23, 2014, he was selected to the 23-man Oscar Robertson Award midseason watchlist by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[20] On February 13, he was named one of the 30 finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.[21] On February 17, Vanvleet was selected as one of 23 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award.[22] When the Rockford native returned to the Chicago metropolitan area on February 19 to lead Wichita State against Loyola, he went 6-for-6 from the field and 10-for-10 on his free throw attempts for a game-high 22 points and added 8 rebounds and 6 assists to help Wichita State raise its record to 28–0.[23] On February 28, he was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for the Naismith Award.[24]

VanVleet helped lead the 2013–14 team to the first 31–0 regular season in NCAA Division I men's basketball history.[25] 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.[26][27] He was also selected to the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Most-Improved Team.[28] Following the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, VanVleet was a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American second team selection by Sports Illustrated[29] and Bleacher Report,[30] third-team selection by the Sporting News and the NABC.[31][32] He earned honorable mention recognition from the Associated Press.[33] On March 11 VanVleet was named to the all-District VI (IA, MO, KS, OK, NE, ND, SD) team by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).[34] VanVleet was listed on the The National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All‐District 16 first team on March 12.[35] VanVleet was named as one of six finalists for the Cousy Award (along with Kyle Anderson, Aaron Craft, Tyler Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Marcus Paige).[36] Following his sophomore season, he delivered the commencement address at his high school alma mater and became a highly demanded public speaker.[37]

Junior year

VanVleet was Preseason All-American first team selection by USA Today,[38] Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook,[39] Bleacher Report,[40],[41] Sports Illustrated,[42] and Associated Press.[43] He was a second team selection by Athlon Sports,[44] SB Nation,[45] and[46] In its preseason top 100 player ranking, VanVleet was listed at number 5 by ESPN.[47] VanVleet was named to the 36-man Bob Cousy Award Preseason Watch List.[48] He was also listed as a John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidate and a Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List selection.[49][50] VanVleet was also included in the early December Naismith Award top 50 watch list.[51]

On November 14 VanVleet tallied 7 steals in the opener against New Mexico State,[52] which tied a school record.[53] On December 3, against #25 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) and an assist on a three-point shot, but with 7 seconds remaining in overtime and Wichita trailing by one, he missed the front end of a one and one.[54][55] In his return visit to Chicago and the Gentile Center to play Loyola on January 11, he again was perfect from the field with a 5-for-5 performance and added a career-high tying 10 assists (as well as 6 rebounds and 3 steals) for his first career double-double.[56][57] VanVleet, however, snapped his perfect streak of 20 free throws made in his home state with a 3-for-4 performance.[58] In the rematch against Loyola on January 28, VanVleet posted a career-high 27 points.[59] On February 7, VanVleet posted the first triple double for Wichita State Shockers men's basketball in 43 years with a 10-point 10-rebound 11-assist 4-steal performance against Missouri State.[60] On February 16, VanVleet was Missouri Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week (with Seth Tuttle).[61] On February 26, VanVleet broke the all-time Wichita State career assist record against Evansville with 431 assists, surpassing Warren Armstrong who had 429 and Toure Murry who had 430.[62] VanVleet was one of 17 finalists for the Cousy Award.[63] The Shockers defeated Northern Iowa on February 28 to win the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.[64] In the opening game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament for the Shockers, VanVleet matched a career high with 27 points against Indiana.[65] He finished the tournament with 17-point and 25-point performances against #2-seeded Kansas and #3-seeded Notre Dame, respectively.[66][67]

VanVleet was named an All-MVC first team selection following the regular season.[68] He was also recognized by the Associated Press as an honorable mention selection for its All-America team.[69]


VanVleet is the son of Fred Manning, who was shot dead in 1999. Manning had played basketball at Guilford High School in Rockford. VanVleet's mother is named Susan.[70] VanVleet has a brother named Darnell.[43] VanVleet's stepfather is Joe Danforth.[12]

He is a sociology major at Wichita State. [71]


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