American professional basketball player Fred VanVleet plays for NBA team, Toronto Raptors. The point guard is the 2019 NBA Champion including the two times MVC Player of the Year in 2014 and 2016.
Fred VanVleet’s Bio & Family; Age, Height, Weight
The player was born as Frederick Edmund VanVleet Sr. on 25 February 1994 in Rockford, Illinois. Talking about his family, his parent’s names are Susan VanVleet and Joe Danforth (stepfather). Besides them, he has two brothers named Darnell VanVleet and J.D. Danforth. Before marrying Joe, his mother married a man named Fred Manning (biological father). Fred was shot to death in a 1999 drug deal when VanVleet was at age five.
Fred went to Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois fortunate to be All-State first-team selection by the Chicago Sun-Times (Class 4A). He later got basketball scholarship offers from Colorado State, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Drake, Detroit, and Kent State. The athlete stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighs around 88 kg.
How Much Is Fred VanVleet’s Net Worth?
The 26-year-old has a net worth of $25 million from his professional career since 2016. Before, stepping into the NBA league, his college career of four years was spent playing for Wichita State. It was unfortunate for the athlete not to be part of the 2016 NBA draft after declining two offers to agree to play in the NBA Development League at $20,000 for two years by teams interested in drafting him in the second round.
However, he got fortunate to play in the 2016 NBA Summer League with the Toronto Raptors with the expectation that he would be in the Raptors’ training camp. On 18 July 2016, he and Raptors agreed upon a multi-year deal. One of his crucial plays was scoring a career-high 16 point against the Indiana Pacers on 25 November 2017. On 6 July 2018, he re-signed with the Raptors and scored a season-high 19 points on 9 December 2018.
Furthermore, in the season opener of 2019-20, he made a career-high 34 points after receiving his first NBA championship ring. He recorded 30 points on 13 November 2020 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Who Is Fred VanVleet’s Girlfriend?
The Raptors star girlfriend’s name is Shontai Neal. They were high school sweethearts and attended the same college at Wichita State. The admirable pair are yet to exchange their engagement rings and walk the wedding aisle but share two babies.
The first child was born as a daughter, Sanaa Marie VanVleet on 27 January 2018. A year apart the family became four upon the arrival of another child named Frederick Edmund VanVleet II on 15 June 2019.
Some Interesting Facts About Fred VanVleet
- Fred’s ultimate motivation in Basketball is his stepfather.
- Joe used to make him wake up at 5:00 am every morning to drill in the Basketball court.
- VanVleet was among the 22 players selected to try out for the 12-man Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games.
- At national levels, he was among the 16 finalists for the team, but he did not make the final 12-man team.
- During the 2017-2018 season, he was nominated for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.