Rockford native Fred VanVleet is about to begin his senior year as the starting point guard for the Wichita State Shockers. His head coach, who recruited him out of Auburn High School, visited the home of the Knights to serve as guest speaker at an RPS 205 basketball coaching clinic.
Gregg Marshall has guided the Shockers to six straight seasons of 25 wins or more (the last three have produced at least 30 wins a season), including four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. He offered pointers to coaches in attendance at Auburn, conducting several drills with local teams. He also took a few minutes to speak to the local media about VanVleet's impact on his program, offering high praise for last year's commencement speaker at Auburn.
"Fred always speaks so highly of his hometown. He's champion-quality through and through. He's been beating the odds his whole life. He continues to do that. We're excited to watch him, we have several more months with him and we're going to relish every moment. I love the kid. I really do. I'm very thankful that he chose to be a part of our program. He comes from a great family and a great program. After he's done with a great career, whatever level that is, I hope that's the NBA, if he wants to go into coaching and I'm still on the sidelines with a whistle, I'm going to hire him."