Tubby Smith and the University of Memphis staff have landed their first commitment of the 2018 class, and he’s a literally a massive haul for the Tigers.
7-foot-4-inch center Connor Vanover is one of the best shooting big men in the country, is a consensus 3-star recruit, capable of impacting the game with his soft-shooting touch, tremendous ength, shot-blocking, and shot-altering ability.
Vanover Helped lead his team to the 2016 Arkansas Class 4A State championship and a 26-8 record; started 33 of 34 games and averaged 14.7 ppg., 8.4 rpg., and 3.4 bpg.
Vanover is a two-time All-State perform in Arkansas and captured the 2016 Penny Hardaway Classic MVP. He also earned a gold medal with the the USA Basketball team at the 2015 FIBA Americas 16U.
He played on the Nike EYBL circuit with Pro Skills, where he averaged nearly 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks, while shoring 55% from the field.
Connor Vanover Highlights-Shooting from the Parking lot
What stands out most about Vanover is his ability to knock down shots from behind the arc. Vanover shot 43% from three point range in the NIKE EYBL playing against some of the top competition in the nation.
Attends Arkansas Baptist High School (Ark.), where he has amassed 963 points, 576 rebounds and 213 blocked shots in his two-year prep career.
Vanover will join a huge front line for the Tigers that already includes 6-foot-9 260-pound Mike Parks Jr., 6-foot-10 270-pound Karim Azab, 6-foot-8 235-pound Victor Enoh, and 6-foot-8 205-pound power forward Kyvon Davenport.