Connor Vanover earned regional and national attention when the 7-foot-3 post pivot took control of the Arkansas basketball scene while still a freshman, averaging nearly 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. Those weren’t Malik Monk numbers, but they were just about the next best thing. Now, as a sophomore, Vanover has wasted no time picking up where he left off.
After a summer playing alongside Monk and many of the Southeast’s best supporting cast on the Arkansas Wings Nike EYBL circuit, Vanover is showcasing his expanded skill set. As filmed by BallisLife’s Scott Comeau, Vanover is suddenly a comfortable shooter on the perimeter, as well as a pretty adept operator inside, where his size and relative athleticism makes it almost impossible to steal a rebound from and much more likely to send an incoming shot into the fifth row of the stands.
Vanover is still learning to move in his rather ample body, but there is good news there, too; He’s already showing enough potential to earn attention from the likes of Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas. Something tells us many more may come forward before basketball season ends again.
In the meantime, Vanover will hope to continue dominating. If nothing else, he certainly seems to have the endurance for Arkansas Baptist High School.