Rockford native Fred VanVleet named best player in college basketball

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Auburn’s Fred VanVleet shoots during their Super Sectional loss to Glenbard East, 51-63 at NIU’s Convocation Center in Dekalb on Friday, March 15, 2011. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media


Rockford native and Auburn High School alum Fred VanVleet was named the top player in college basketball by

The Wichita State senior is coming off a season in which he averaged 14 points and five assists per game.


If you’re not on board the VanVleet bandwagon by now then shame on you. He’s one of the better perimeter defenders in college basketball and one of the best quarterbacks from the point guard position. There’s no statistic that measures leadership, but this dude has it in spades. And he’s dropped 18 pounds in a little more than a year, cutting up and adding muscle. Wichita State ought to hover around the top 10 most of this season, and it’ll be VanVleet leading the way.

During VanVleet’s three seasons, the Shockers have a trip to the Final Four, an undefeated regular season and a Sweet 16 appearance that included a win over in-state rival Kansas.

Rounding out the top five on the list were Providence junior Kris Dunn, LSU freshman Ben Simmons, Gonzaga senior Kyle Wiltjer and Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble.

VanVleet led Auburn High School to a historic 22-game winning streak in the first Final Four in 2012.

Watch: Fred VanVleet stars at Auburn High School


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