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By Kevin McPherson

LITTLE ROCK -- The path from Little Rock to Fayetteville took some out-of-the-way detours through Las Vegas, NV, and Berkeley, CA, in the last two years, but Arkansas native and California freshman-transfer Connor Vanover is coming home after committing to the Razorbacks and head coach Eric Musselman on Wednesday.

"Excited for the next step in my journey to help me grow and fulfill my dreams," Vanover said via Twitter. "I am grateful and blessed to have the opportunity (to) be an Arkansas Razorback. I'm Coming Home!! WPS!!"
 
Vanover (7-foot-3, 225 pounds, stretch-5) joins North Carolina-Wilmington grad-transfer Jeantal Cylla (6-7 forward) as the first two players to form Musselman's veteran spring class so far in 2019. Unless he is granted a waiver for immediate playing eligibility, Vanover will have a transfer-redshirt season in '19-20 with three seasons to play beginning in '20-21.
 
Vanover is a Little Rock native who played most of his high school career at hometown Baptist Prep -- where he helped the Eagles to back-to-back 4A state titles in 2015-16 and '16-17 -- before trekking out to the desert to play as a high school senior at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas followed by playing his college freshman season last year at Cal of the Pac-12 Conference.
 
Vanover recently entered the "transfer portal" following Cal's firing of head coach Wyking Jones -- he was 16-47 in two years in Berkeley -- and hiring of former Georgia coach Mark Fox. After Musselman and Arkansas staff coach Anthony Ruta visited him in California on May 1, Vanover visited Vanderbilt on May 7-8 before visiting Arkansas on May 9-10. He also considered Maryland and other schools -- including the possibility of remaining at Cal -- before calling the Hogs.
 
"I think it's an incredible opportunity for Connor to play for Coach Musselman," said Jeff Hogue, former Baptist Prep head coach who worked with Vanover while he was in middle school. "He's a very smart coach and will figure out how to use him. I just think it will be a good fit. And it will be a real treat for his family and everyone who's watched him play around here. Deep down in his heart, he's probably always wanted to be a Razorback."
 
Vanover becomes the first 7-footer at Arkansas in more than a decade (Steven Hill, 2004-08). Whether he plays next season or sits the traditional transfer-redshirt year, Vanover will come to practice standing seven inches taller than the three tallest remaining scholarship players at Arkansas -- freshman Reggie Chaney, sophomore Gabe Osabuohien, and freshman Ethan Henderson -- who are all listed at 6-8 on the roster.
 
Aside from being a native Arkansan, Vanover has additional ties to the Razorbacks program. His Mom, Robyn Irwin Vanover, played for the Arkansas women's team in the 1980s, and Chaney was a teammate of Vanover's during the '17-18 season at Findlay Prep. Vanover was also teammates with recently departed All SEC center Daniel Gafford with the Arkansas Wings spring/summer grassroots basketball program roughly four years ago.
 
Vanover picked up a scholarship offer from the previous coaching staff at Arkansas just prior to his sophomore season at Baptist Prep, but he was never heavily pursued by Arkansas until Musselman took over the Razorbacks program last month.

Vanover averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game while shooting 46.9% field goals, including 35.5% from 3, and 66.7% free throws as a freshman at Cal. He started 15 of the 28 games he played in last season at Cal, and he had a strong three-game stretch to close out the regular season by averaging 17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game as the Bears enjoyed a three-game winning streak that halted a 16-game losing skid.
 
On the season, Vanover's per-40-minute production was strong -- 17.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks -- at Cal, which finished 8-23 overall and 3-15 for last place in the Pac-12. Vanover originally signed with Memphis out of high school, but after Tigers head coach Tubby Smith was fired following the '17-18 season, Vanover was granted a release from his letter of intent and enrolled at Cal.
 
"Obviously, Connor is a very unique player being 7-3 with the ability to shoot the 3 the way he can," said current Little Rock Central head coach Brian Ross, who was at the helm at Baptist Prep when Vanover helped the school to two state titles as a high school sophomore and junior. "He's unbelievably skilled on the offensive end. He has great hands and can really pass the ball in addition to his scoring ability. To me it's always been about finding the right fit for Connor and if he is in the right system he's going to thrive."
 
Hogue, whose brother Michael Hogue played for the Razorbacks basketball team under Naismith Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson, recalls Vanover's rapid growth -- both as a player and physically.
 
"When I first started working with Connor, you could tell he was special," Hogue said. "He was 6-4 in 6th grade, and he had great (shooting) touch. He started 7th grade around 6-6, then in the spring and summer he grew close to 7-0. So in about six months he really grew. But he did not lose any coordination, in fact he actually gained coordination. I knew then he could be special because he had talent and was a hard worker.
 
"Now he's a lot stronger. In today's game with all the screen-and-pops, if you've got a guy who can shoot like he can, and protect the rim like he can, you've got someone who can play at the highest level in college."
 
Linked just below is a brief highlight reel of Vanover's freshman season at Cal ...
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwTjjvFsBzo&feature=youtu.be

https://www.nwahomepage.com/sports/pig-trail-nation/arkansas-native-and-cal-freshman-transfer-connor-vanover-commits-to-musselman-hogs/2003577613
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In his last 11 games, Connor averaged:

12 pts, 37% from 3pt, 5 rebs, 2.1 blks.

I think there are a lot of people who don't understand how much he has improved. They still picture him as the kid who could barely make it up and down the floor. That's not who he is anymore.

Maybe 10, 15 years ago, this kid would get crushed. But in today's modern game of guards slashing and big men shooting, he is a perfect fit for us. Could be a sneaky good pickup when it is all said and done.
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* Per source, new Arkansas commit & Cal freshman-transfer Connor Vanover @Vanover_Connor (7-3, 225, stretch-5) "will be submitting a waiver. Will just depend on the NCAA decision on it." Unless he's granted a waiver, Vanover sits 1 yr w/3 yrs playing eligibility starting in '20-21.

https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1128685422907936770
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Watched highlights of the Stanford-Cal game.  I thought Vanover moved better than he did as a Baptist Prep kid for sure.  Looked a little stronger, too.  Always had a good outside shot.
I still worry about his quickness and strength, especially on the defensive end, though.

Mussellman does not seem the type to just give free rides to people he doesn't see an advantage though, so we will see what happens when it happens.  Good luck to Connor.
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I wonder the odds of Connor getting his transfer waver????   I think he could help us nest year but he could also use a red shirt year to get more muscle on his frame.

I know sometimes when a kid come home from a 1000 miles away he can win his case.  I am hoping Luke Jones can win his waver case for that reason as well. 


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High probability of waiver being granted.  Cal has a new coach.  Boom! CV is moving home to be close to family.  Boom! Surely someone in his family needs him to be close to home.  NCAA has granted waivers for so much less.
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High probability of waiver being granted.  Cal has a new coach.  Boom! CV is moving home to be close to family.  Boom! Surely someone in his family needs him to be close to home.  NCAA has granted waivers for so much less.

Your statement makes too much sense for granting the waiver.  This is the NCAA we're talking about whose decisions today don't necessarily follow the same logic as made yesterday.
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He'll get the waiver. WPS! great pick up. This guy will not only pull the opposing big man out of the paint, he is a for real rim protector.

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High probability of waiver being granted.  Cal has a new coach.  Boom! CV is moving home to be close to family.  Boom! Surely someone in his family needs him to be close to home.  NCAA has granted waivers for so much less.
What is the timeline for waivers being granted or denied? Im guessing we will know toward the end of the summer?
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What is the timeline for waivers being granted or denied? Im guessing we will know toward the end of the summer?
All I know is that they ALL seem to be getting approved lately.
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2019, 01:38:51 pm »

High probability of waiver being granted.  Cal has a new coach.  Boom! CV is moving home to be close to family.  Boom! Surely someone in his family needs him to be close to home.  NCAA has granted waivers for so much less.
Massive brake pump here. Arkansas does not get NCAA favoritism like Duke does. I'll be pleasantly shocked if he is granted a waiver.
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Re: Connor Vanover-to-Hogs story that is posted on Pig Trail Nation ...
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2019, 02:05:41 pm »

* “Connor (Vanover) has tremendous upside,” Head Hog Eric Musselman @EricPMusselman said. “He is an incredibly unique player. At 7-3, he can stretch the floor offensively by shooting the 3-pointer and be a rim-protecting shot blocker on the defensive end.”

https://twitter.com/ARHoopScoop/status/1128697716421332992

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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2019, 02:14:10 pm »

like it!
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2019, 03:41:26 pm »

What is the timeline for waivers being granted or denied? Im guessing we will know toward the end of the summer?

I read somewhere they meet monthly or maybe quarterly to vote on these cases and the next meeting is in June.

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« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2019, 08:08:38 pm »

Great pickup here by the staff.  I hope Vanover gets the waiver as I think he can be a big contributor next year especially how he played late in the season during his one and only season at California.  This gives a opportunities along with Moss, Cylla, and the returning players of having a variety of lineup with 4-5 outside shooters on the floor at the same time and at other times probably a minimum of three outside shooters.
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Re: Connor Vanover-to-Hogs story that is posted on Pig Trail Nation ...
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2019, 12:31:08 pm »

I read a bit in the Demozette today about his grandmother going into a nursing home this year, that should clinch a waiver.
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