Tubby Smith Adds Connor Vanover to 2018-19 Memphis Class

University of Memphis men's basketball head coach Tubby Smith announced Thursday that Connor Vanover is joining the Tigers program for the 2018-19 campaign. Vanover is the first signee of this year's class.

The following is a brief biographical sketch on Vanover and Smith's comments:

Connor Vanover
F/C • 7-4 • 217
Little Rock, Ark. • Arkansas Baptist Prep • Findlay Prep (Nev.)
 
Transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., for the 2017-18 season … The Pilots opened their season Nov. 3 …

Prior to 2016-17 season, rated the No. 3 player in the state of Arkansas … 247sports.com ranked him the No. 25 center in the nation … ESPN.com rated him the No. 40 center in the country …

Before moving to Findlay Prep, starred at Arkansas Baptist Prep in Little Rock … Played three varsity seasons for the Eagles in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 … Helped lead the Eagles to a combined three-year record of 82-21 … Arkansas Baptist also posted a 43-1 Arkansas 4A-Region 4 record and won three league crowns … The Eagles won back-to-back Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) Class 4 A state titles in 2016 and 2017 … Team advanced to the state tournament semifinal round his freshman season (2015) …

In his three seasons, had over 1,000 points, 700 boards and 300 blocked shots … Honors included: two-time USA Today All-Arkansas second team (2016, 2017), Arkansas Class 4A State Tournament MVP (2016), three-time Arkansas 4A-All State (2015, 2016, 2017), three-time All-Arkansas 4A-4 Conference (2015, 2016, 2017), three-time Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association 4A Top Five Player (2015, 2016, 2017), Arkansas Preps Sophomore of the Year (2016), Arkansas Preps All-Underclassman Team (2015, 2016), Coventry Health Tournament of Champions All-Tournament Team (2016), Penny Hardaway Classic MVP (2016) and Nike Top 100 Camp (2015) …

Played for Team USA at 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship … Member of squad that captured the gold medal with a perfect 5-0 record in Bahia Blanca, Argentina … Played in four games and averaged 3.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks … Also participated in the 2016 USA U17 World Championship Team training camp and 2014 USA Men's Junior National Team October minicamp … Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team on April 23, 2015 …

In the summer of 2017, averaged 9.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13 games with Nike Pro Skills …

Has a brother, Brandon, who is a redshirt freshman at Central Arkansas … Mother, Robyn, played basketball at Arkansas.
 
Smith comments on Vanover
"Connor is a tremendous addition to our program. Obviously, he brings size and the ability to block shots, but he also has great touch. He's a coachable player. Connor is a player that will make an impact on our program. He's had a good start to this season, and we'll continue to follow him. We're looking forward to having him join us next year."