Tuesday evening, three former Illinois prep athletes saw minutes in a NBA game. Below I look into and share each of their NBA performances from February 2.
Best of the Day: Fred VanVleet
I’m usually somewhat “harsh” on Fred VanVleet for taking the amount of shots when missing often but he’s a shooter. And shooters shoot.
The Rockford native had an unbelievable night that I am sure he will remember forever. He took 32 shots altogether and missed just six. That’s impressive. His 54-point night broke several franchise and NBA records which included:
- Most points in Toronto Raptors history
- Most points by an undrafted NBA player
- This one:
- There were some more as well as some new personal career-highs.
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- Fred VanVleet (Auburn/Raptors)- 37 minutes, 54 points, 17/23 FG, 11/14 3PT, 9/9 FT, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks, a turnover, and +20 in a 123-108 loss to the Magic.
The rest of the performances of the day:
- Robert Covington (Proviso West/Trail Blazers)- 37 minutes, 19 points, 6/10 FG, 5/8 3PT, 2/2 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 9 total rebounds, an assist, a steal, a turnover, and +12 in a 132-121 win over the Wizards.
- John Konchar (West Chicago/Grizzlies)- 20 minutes, 9 points, 3/6 FG, 1/2 3PT, 2/2 FT, 2 offensive rebounds, 6 total rebounds, 2 steals, and +8 in a 134-116 loss to the Pacers.