2014-15 (Junior): Tied a school record with seven steals in the season opener against New Mexico State… Named First Team Preseason All-American by the Associated Press, Bleacher Report, Blue Ribbon, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated and USA Today, among others… Named one of the top 20 guards in college basketball by Sports Illustrated prior to the season… Enters the year ranked 16th on WSU’s all-time assists list (282)… Honored in July by “Real Men, Real Heroes” for his involvement and service to youth in the Wichita community… Spent the 2014 summer improving on an already impressive game: Attended the Nike Skills Academy for point guards during the month of June and joined teammate Ron Baker at the CP3 Skills Academy in August… Joined Baker and Tekle Cotton in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Kansas City Royals baseball game in June…
2013-14 (Sophomore): Loaded up on postseason honors, earning Third Team All-America nods from both the Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches… An Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American… Named the Larry Bird Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and was one of three Shockers to earn First Team All-MVC status… Also named to the MVC All-Defensive Team and Most Improved Team… One of six finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given the nation’s top point guard… Voted to the US Basketball Writers Association’s All-District team… Picked to the MVC All-Tournament squad… Winner of the Shelley Cox Leadership Award at the team’s postseason celebration… Started all 36 games at point guard, averaging 11.6 points… Ranked fourth in all of Division I in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.02-to-1) and was 23rd in total assists (193), 35th in assists per game (5.4), 27th in total steals (69), and 48th in steals per game (1.92)… Also led the team in minutes played (1141), minutes per game (31.7), three-point percentage (.418)... Had at least five assists in 24 of the 36 contests and led the MVC total assists, assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio… Also ranked third in the Valley in steals, fourth in three-point percentage and fifth in free throw percentage (.830)… Paced the team in scoring eight different times, hitting his career-high of 22 points on four separate occasions… Notched five total 20-point games… A very underrated rebounder, he led the team on the glass seven times, snagging a career-best eight boards at Loyola on Feb. 19… Tallied an impressive 14 assists in two NCAA Tournament contests while turning it over just two times... Credited for a career-high 10 assists in 28 minutes on Jan. 8 vs. Illinois State… Turned the ball over only 18 times in 16 Koch Arena appearances… Had one turnover or fewer a remarkable 21 times… Recorded 4+ steals on six different occasions, with a season-high five thefts Feb. 16 at Evansville… Averaged 19.5 points while shooting 61.9 percent from the field in wins over SIU and UNI to earn MVC Player of the Week honors (Dec. 30-Jan. 5)... Appeared with teammates Baker, Cotton, Lufile and Early on the cover of the Feb. 24 edition of Sports Illustrated as talk of WSU’s unbeaten status gained increasing national attention
2012-13 (Freshman): Received on-the-job training as the backup to fifth-year senior point guard Malcom Armstead, appearing in all 39 games while averaging 4.9 point and 2.3 assists in 16.2 minutes… Ranked second on the team with 89 assists… Took on a larger role in the final weeks of the season and in the NCAA Tournament… Scored in double-figures in two of the five NCAA games, with 13 against Gonzaga and 12 against Ohio State... Averaged 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in five NCAA games played, while making 12-of-14 free throws (85.7 percent)… Scored seven of WSU’s final nine points down the stretch, starting with a trey at the 1:28 mark that put WSU up 70-65, in helping hold off No. 1 Gonzaga (His four other points came off free throws)… Had 13 points for his just his second double-figure scoring game against Gonzaga... On Feb. 13, finished one assist shy of a double-double, going for 17 points and a season-high nine assists against Drake in Wichita… Played 11 minutes in the exhibition after missing some preseason with an ankle injury... Had seven points and four boards in 17 minutes against Western Carolina and fouled out against Howard with three points in 21 minutes... Saw limited time in Cancun with 7 and 8 minutes, respectively... Had five assists in 22 minutes against Northern Colorado…
High School: Rivals.com ranked him the No. 19 point guard in the class of 2012 and the No. 138 player overall out of Auburn High School in Rockford, Ill.… Was the only Class of 2012 Missouri Valley Conference high school recruit in the Rivals top 150… Earned All-State honors after averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 assists… Averaged 18.6 points and 7.5 assists as a junior… Led his Auburn to its first Class 4A state finals appearance since 1975… Was the team’s leading scorer in four of its five postseason wins… Scored 18 point sin the title game at Carver Arena (home of MVC rival Bradley) as the team staked a runner-up finish… Played AAU basketball for the PrymeTyme Ballers in Rockford, Il for coach Anthony “Doc” Cornel, posting a 54-8 overall record… Signed with Wichita State in the Fall of 2011.
Personal: Son of Susan VanVleet and Joe Danforth... Has three brothers: Darnell, J.D., and Tre, and two sisters: Alexis and Aaliyah... Born Feb. 25, 1994…... Majoring in Sociology.