Wichita State Shockers point guard Fred VanVleet is on the cusp of his final college season, and he’s looking to go out with a bang in working to become a more explosive player.
Speaking to Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle, VanVleet has lost a few pounds and thus improved his dunking game and ability to drive the lane.
Strength and conditioning coach Kerry Rosenboom offered more.
“As much as it helps your jumping, it helps your lateral movement, quickness, you’re getting more explosive,” VanVleet said. “I’ve already got a lot of finishes I can do, and I think as my vertical increases, hopefully, I’ll get more finishes that I can do and it’s going to be scary for a lot of people.”
Becoming more explosive at the point certainly couldn’t hurt VanVleet, as he didn’t show himself to be one of the more athletic point men last season at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. Though he was second on the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game and first with 5.2 assists, he shot just 43 percent from the field and looked greatly outmatched in his offensive approach.
But now that he has spent the offseason getting in better shape so that he may become a better contributor on the offensive side, VanVleet could truly be primed for a breakout senior season. Wichita State has slowly gone from a mid-major to a regular contender over the past few seasons, and a stronger VanVleet combined with teammate Ron Baker is only going to continue that trend.
So long as he can up his conditioning game on top of his new skills, the Shockers are definitely going to be a team to watch in 2015-16.
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