High school basketball athletes receive a hell of a lot more attention nowadays compared to yesteryear, with the advent of social media letting NBA fans from all over the world lay their eyes on players such as Zion Williamson and LaMelo Ball, giving them attention that used to be reserved for players like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, when they faced each other in high school.
Most of you may have heard of Williamson and Ball, but does the name Connor Vanover ring any bells? Didn’t think so.
Vanover, who is currently in his Senior year of high school, is a 7’4 behemoth that towers over all the competition when playing for Findlay Prep in Nevada.
Connor has already competed for Team USA’s U16 National team, a team which went 5-0 at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Vanover has racked numerous accolades during his high school career, being named to multiple All-Tournament and All-State teams.
Back in the 2014-15 season, Vanover, playing for the Arkansas Baptist High School, averaged a respectable 14.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG and 3.2 BPG, starting in all 33 games.
Since then, Connor has been compared to New York Knicks superstar Kristaps Porzingis due to his 7’4 frame, 7’6 wingspan, 9’5.5 standing reach and outside shooting ability.
Vanover is due to attend college next season and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft if things go to plan. You can check out some of his highlight mixtapes down below.