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Northern IL Town Get Shoutout From Homegrown Star During NBA Championship Celebration

Unless you are a big basketball fan, you probably had no idea who Fred VanVleet was. That means you probably also didn’t know he was a local guy!

VanVleet, who played at mid-major Wichita State, went undrafted, worked his way up through the NBA’s minor leagues (the G-League), to earn a spot with the Raptors came through in a big way yesterday to help Toronto win the first title in franchise history.

And he doesn’t forget where he came from. And that’s not just a cliche…he literally reminded everyone where he came from at the end of his post-game interview on ESPN:

VanVleet hasn’t forgotten Rockford, and Rockford sure as hell hasn’t forgotten Fred.

Very cool moment for Northern Illinois amidst the mayhem of an NBA championship.

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