Fred Van Vleet is building his own team. The Rockford native became a first-time father early Monday morning.
Toronto Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg was the first to report that Van Vleet’s long-time girlfriend Shontai Neal of Rockford had given birth to a girl. It happened not long after Van Vleet scored a career high 25 points in the Raptors win over the Lakers Sunday night.
Van Vleet was given permission to miss the Raptors’ practice Monday and their shootaround Tuesday morning so that he could tend to ‘Daddy Duties’ according to Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.
Van Vleet did play in the Raptors’ game Tuesday night against the Timberwolves. He scored ten points in 21 minutes of action.
Van Vleet tweeted out that his daughter’s name is Sanaa Marie Van Vleet.