Maine transfer Issac Vann commits to VCU
Vann made the announcement via a Pat Lawless of Madehoops.com.
“When I got on onto campus I just felt the love at VCU,” Vann told MADEHoops. “The fans and the team were all really welcoming. I got along with the guys very well and the coaches seemed like they really wanted me. They called me every day and I just felt like I was wanted there.”
Vann played in just 17 games this past season as a freshman with the Black Bears (due to injury) but averaged an impressive 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals in his 28.3 minutes per contest.
The Orono, ME native decided to make the transfer to test his skill at a higher level than the Black Bears’ American East conference.
Vann was an efficient offensive player with a 57.1% true shooting percentage thanks to his ability to finish both inside and outside of the arc, as well as an impressive 6.6 fouls drawn per 40 minutes. He was the third best player in the American East at drawing contact on offense and connected on 78.3% of his free throws in conference play.
Defensively Vann showed tons of promise in his first season of D1 hoops, ranking in the top-10 in the American East in both blocks (3.1) and steals percentages (3.2).
“I like their style of play as they play fast and get up and down the floor quickly,” Vann told Lawless. “I definitely think they fit into my game well.”
“They want a guy that already has experience and with me sitting out a year they want me to take that time to get stronger,” Vann added. “If I do that I’ll be a guy that can contribute right away for them once I’m eligible to play.”
Vann will redshirt next season due to transfer rules then will become an eligible sophomore starting the 2017 season. He’ll join 2016 freshman De’Riante Jenkins, Malik Crowfield, Marquell Fraser and Samir Doughty in what will be a five-man sophomore class.