Issac Vann joins VCU basketball program

The following comes directly from VCU:



RICHMOND, Va. – Former Maine star Issac Vann, a rising sophomore, has transferred to VCU, Rams’ Coach Will Wade announced Wednesday. Vann will sit out the 2016-17 season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations and will have three years of eligibility remaining.


A 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward, Vann led the Black Bears in scoring at 16.4 points per game in 2015-16. The Bridgeport, Connecticut native also grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game and shot .457 from the floor, including .412 (21-of-51) from 3-point range.


“We’re very excited to have Issac in our program,” said Wade. “He shoots the ball well and can score from all three levels. He draws fouls at a high rate and knocks down free throws. Defensively, he’s long and active, which makes him an ideal fit for our system.”


Vann topped 20 points six times in 17 appearances last season, including in each of his final three games of the season. He dropped 26 each on Binghamton and Vermont to close the 2015-16 campaign. Vann poured in a career-high 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Wagner on Nov. 21. Vann also scored 22 points and hauled in a personal-best 16 rebounds against Husson on Nov. 7.


A smooth, rangy slasher, Vann has shown an ability to get to the rim and the foul line. He averaged nearly six free throw attempts per game last season and knocked down 78 percent (78-of-100) of those chances.


Vann was a prep star at Bunnell High School in Statford, Connecticut, where he scored nearly 1,500 career points and was a two-time McDonald’s All-America nominee. He averaged 24.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and four assist per game as a senior. He later spent a postgraduate year at Coastal Academy in Neptune, New Jersey, before signing with Maine.

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