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Auburn to Celebrate 2012 Grad Fred VanVleet


Another update on Saturday's basketball game, featuring a jersey retirement ceremony for 2012 alumni and NBA player Fred VanVleet:

"Fred informed us last night that he would unfortunately not be able to attend," said Auburn Athletic Director Brad Pemberton. "While we are saddened to hear the news, we understand his commitment to his NBA team and his commitment to his family as a new father. The ceremony will continue as planned, and we're looking forward to celebrating Fred's basketball career and accomplishments at Auburn High School."

Doors will open at 11 a.m. Tickets are still available and will be sold at the door.​

UPDATE: Tonight's Auburn vs. Freeport boys basketball game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, at Auburn High School. Sophomore tipoff will be at noon at Auburn, followed by varsity tipoff at 2 p.m.

The jersey retirement ceremony for 2012 ​Auburn High School Alumni and NBA player Fred VanVleet will happen between the sophomore and varsity games; VanVleet plans to attend the ceremony.

All tickets that were purchased for last Friday’s game will still be honored Saturday. Presale will continue Thursday, Feb. 15, from 4-6 p.m. in the Auburn Athletic Director’s office.

Auburn High School will celebrate 2012 graduate and basketball standout Fred VanVleet at the Friday, Feb. 9, home boys basketball game. The Auburn Knights will retire VanVleet's jersey, No. 23, between the sophomore and varsity games against Freeport during a special ceremony.

VanVleet is a second-year player in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors. Prior to his professional career, VanVleet helped lead the Wichita State University Shockers to three Missouri Valley Conference titles, three MVC regular season titles, and nine NCAA Tournament wins in four trips. Wichita State made it to the final four of the NCAA Tournament in 2013, VanVleet's freshman year. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year twice and was on the First-Team All-Conference three times. He graduated in 2016 with a degree in sociology.

At Auburn, VanVleet averaged 20 points and six assists a game his senior year when the Knights finished third in the IHSA Class 4A State Tournament.

VanVleet is constantly giving back to his hometown and school. He launched a summer youth basketball camp in 2017 in partnership with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He donated more than 200 turkeys – which Auburn's basketball team distributed just before Thanksgiving – and purchased new basketball uniforms for the Auburn Knights boys varsity team.

Ticket information: Tickets will be on sale ahead of the game: 4-6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; Tuesday, Feb. 6; Thursday, Feb. 8. Please come to the field house entrance. Tickets are $5; $2 for students and seniors. Fans must be present at the time of purchase to receive a discounted ticket price. Tickets are available first come, first serve. All seats are general admission. All attendees must purchase a ticket; passes will not be accepted for this game.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Friday. The first 100 fans will receive a limited edition Fred VanVleet bobblehead, courtesy of the Rockford Rivets Baseball Club.