WSU alum Fred VanVleet earns final roster spot on Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl

TORONTO, Ontario (KSNW) – Wichita State alum Fred VanVleet has earned a spot on the Toronto Raptors’ final roster heading into the regular season, according to Bobby Marks of USA Today Sports.

The undrafted rookie was considered a long shot by many at making the final roster when training camp started, but a strong showing in the preseason earned him a place on the team. He recorded 31 points (12-19 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-7 FT), five assists, five rebounds and a steal across 38 minutes in his finest performance of the exhibition season against Argentinian club San Lorenzo de Almagro. VanVleet will presumably start the season as the third string point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph.

While at Wichita State, VanVleet contributed to a resurgence of Shockers basketball that included a Final Four run in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament as a freshman and an undefeated regular season by the 2013–14 team as a sophomore.

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. He is the Wichita State career assists leader and was named MVC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year as both a sophomore and a senior.

VanVleet’s former WSU teammate Ron Baker landed a regular season roster spot on the New York Knicks on October 21st, 2016.