ROCKFORD (WREX) — “That just means that some of the things he does are mind-blowing,” says Auburn mentor Hosea Harris.
“The community appreciates it. His foundation is still doing great things. This trip is part of his foundation.”
Born and raised in 815, Fred is Fred, and Fred VanVleet, always intent on giving back, welcomes 20 Auburn students, athletes, and staff to Milwaukee to see him play against money. I proved it again by watching.
Let them see firsthand how hard work pays off.
“It’s a great opportunity to go where I want to be when I grow up and observe how they play the game and all the work it takes to make it happen,” said senior Brennan Houghton Lee. Told.
Junior Rakim Cheney said, “Watching Fred when I was little was a really good experience and seeing him grow up and now in the NBA is a blessing.
Fred’s nephew and Auburn freshman basketball player, Amir Danforth, has big shoes to fill, knowing he’ll have to play on the same court as his uncle.
“I just watched my uncles grow up and play here, Fred in particular watched him grow up and play here and now I’m playing on the court. It’s great,” said Danforth.
“I’m glad I got to experience it.”
Amir has seen Fred and his uncle play on the court, but Harris said this was a first for many.
“I think there are some freshmen who haven’t played a game yet this year, but they’re excited,” he said.
“They came to my office three times today asking questions about the game and what it’s all about, so they’re super excited and I’m happy to do this for them. .
Despite the 130-122 loss, VanVleet had a spectacular performance of 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, appearing in 37 games in 48 minutes.
After the game, Fred, still in uniform, made another visit before leaving Milwaukee.
He spent about 15 minutes talking to his family and taking selfies with a group of auburn students.
VanVleet has said that the close relationship means a lot to him.
“Rockford made me,” said VanVleet.
“I never want to forget where I come from. I am proud to be an alumni of Rockford Auburn.”
“I still have a great relationship with Ott, so it’s always been a blessing to bring some of my kids here to see an NBA game, see me play, and see them. There is, and it will always be loved and cared for.” said VanVleet.
Fred continues to prove that working hard at your craft will take you to the next level, but Harris believes Fred is just getting started.
“I don’t think we’ve seen the last of what they’re going to do with the Rockford community,” he said.
“I think it’s just going to get bigger every year.”
In his performance against the Bucks, Fred became the first player in NBA history to have 33+ points, 5+ rebounds, 7+ assists, 5 made threes and 1 or less turnovers in consecutive games.