Rockford's own Fred Van Vleet has become an important player in the first place Toronto Raptor's rotation. Now the nation is starting to pay attention. 

You can read the entire article that Vice Sports did on the Rockford native here.

The highly positive article focuses on Fred's humble upbringing and how he dealt with not being drafted out of Witchita State. They highlight his new brand with the motto "Bet On Yourself," which you can check out here.

I couldn't be happier for Fred. It looks like a good guy finally got a break. With the Bulls in the middle of rebuilding their team, I'm sure there will be a lot of Raptors fans around town come this playoff season.