Van Vleet Has Deal With Raptors


Rockford native Fred Van Vleet will get his NBA shot despite being passed over in the NBA Draft Thursday night.

His father Joe Danforth has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Van Vleet will play for the Raptors Summer League team in Vegas. He’ll leave July 5th. The summer league runs July 8th through July 18th at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada.

Danforth says Van Vleet will also report to the Raptors training camp. If he doesn’t make the team the Raptors will assign him to their Developmental League team Raptors905 in Mississauga, Ontario. 905 is the area code in suburban Toronto.

The Raptors currently have three point guards on their roster. Veteran Kyle Lowry is one of the top point guards in the NBA. He averaged 19.1 points and six assists per game last season. Cory Joseph is a fifth year point guard who averaged 8.5 points and 2.4 assists per game last season. Delon Wright will be entering his second season. In only nine games last season he averaged 1.6 points per game.

The Raptors reached the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals last season.

Van Vleet recently graduated from Wichita State where he was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year.

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