VanVleet scoops final roster spot

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VanVleet scoops final roster spot

For Fred VanVleet post-college life is like a whole new world.

VanVleet fulfilled his dreams of playing professional basketball when the Toronto Raptors signed the 6-foot guard to a three-year contract in the summer, after impressing the organization in the NBA Summer League.

“[Life] hasn’t changed too much for me. It’s still basketball,” VanVleet said. “I’m excited to see where this goes.”

An announcement early Friday afternoon stated VanVleet’s former backcourt brother Ron Baker had made the cut for the 15-man roster for the New York Knicks. VanVleet learned the news shortly before Friday’s final preseason game.

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He laughed in satisfaction, “I’m glad Ron made it, I’ll have to give him a call and celebrate.”

Friday’s stat line — three points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal — wasn’t enough to keep VanVleet smiling for long. Saturday’s announcement was.

Bobby Marks of USA Today Sports reported that VanVleet was named the final spot on the 15-man roster.

“This team knows what it needs in a point guard,” VanVleet said. “I’ll bring what I can bring.”

In preseason play, VanVleet has gone full-circle — from scoring 31 points against Argentinian club San Lorenzo de Almagro, to dishing out 15 assists in five preseason games.

VanVleet will start his rookie season as the Raptor’s third point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Corey Joseph, filling the absence of 6-foot-five guard Delon Wright while he recovers from an offseason shoulder injury.

VanVleet will remain under contract with the Raptors for the next three years.

“This is a great organization,” VanVleet said. “I’m happy to be a part of it.”

The Raptors play their first game at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Detroit Pistons in the Air Canada Center.