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Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet
VanVleet with the Raptors.
No. 5 – Houston Rockets
Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Fredderick Edmund VanVleet Sr.
Born: February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25) (age 30)
Rockford, Illinois
Nationality: USA Flag American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight: 197 lbs (89 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2016 for the Toronto Raptors
Career information
High school: Auburn (Rockford, Illinois)
College: Wichita State (2012–2016)
NBA Draft 2016 / Undrafted
Playing career: 2016–present (8 years)
Career history
20162023 Toronto Raptors
2016–2017 Raptors 905
2023–present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2019)
  • NBA All-Star (2022)
  • NBA D-League champion (2017)
  • Third-team All-American – SN, NABC (2014)
  • 3× AP Honorable mention All-American (2014–2016)
  • 2× MVC Player of the Year (2014, 2016)
  • 3× First-team All-MVC (2014–2016)

Fredderick Edmund VanVleet Sr. (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

A point guard, VanVleet played college basketball for Wichita State University before beginning his NBA career. He contributed to a resurgence of Wichita State Shockers basketball that included a Final Four run by the 2012–13 Shockers team and an undefeated regular season by the 2013–14 team. VanVleet was named as a 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American by a variety of media outlets. As a junior for the 2014–15 Shockers, he was an All-Missouri Valley Conference first team selection and received All-American honorable mention recognition from the Associated Press. VanVleet is the Wichita State career assists leader and was named Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year as both a sophomore and a senior.

After going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft, VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors. He spent time with the Raptors and with their G League affiliate, Raptors 905, during the 2016–17 season; he was a member of Raptors 905's 2017 championship team. VanVleet went on to become a key player for the Raptors and won an NBA championship with the team in 2019. He owns the single game points record not only for the Raptors, but also for any undrafted NBA player, when he scored 54 against the Orlando Magic in 2021. VanVleet was named to his first NBA All-Star Game in 2022.

Collegiate career[]

VanVleet chose to play basketball for Wichita State in 2011 over several other schools: Colorado State, Kent State, Missouri State, and Northern Illinois. He was listed as a "true lead guard that has a tight handle" by sports analysts at ESPN and was appealing because of his agility and excellent passing ability.

In his freshman season, Fred VanVleet finished the season with the fifth lowest scoring average on his entire team. But he was still second on the Shockers when it came to assists, only behind newly transferred Malcolm Armstead.

After Malcolm Armstead took his talents to Slovenia, VanVleet's success came quickly. He was third on the team under the scoring category and led his team in assists by a large margin.