While there were certainly plenty of pictures taken of him in action on the court, there were far more taken of him off the court with fans.
Such is life when you are a sweet-shooting 7-3, 210-pound sophomore that towers above everybody at the event.
“You just smile and realize it is what it is,” Vanover said. “It is going to happen everywhere and now I am just used to it. I just try to be nice. I know they are fascinated by my height and I just want to be nice to them.”
Vanover, whose mother Robyn Irwin played basketball for the Arkansas women’s team, poured in 17 points on Saturday night to lead the Wings to their third straight Peach Jam title game.
Vanover, the 25th-ranked player in the 2018 class per ESPN who recently turned 16, then had 6 points and points as the Wings’ program lost to the Georgia Stars 75-56 in the championship game on Sunday afternoon.
His Peach Jam participation follows up being part of the USA’s 16-and-under team that took the gold at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Argentina.
“This summer has been really crazy,” Vanover said. “I haven’t had any off time. I have been USA Trials in Colorado Springs to Argentina to Atlanta, back to Little Rock for two weeks of boot camp for the Wings and now here and we still have more to do.
“I still have to go to Washington for the Victor Oladipo and Ty Lawson camp and then to Kansas City later.”
He and his brother Brandon, a 6-11 senior, head up the Arkansas Baptist squad.
Vanover, whose outside game is more advanced than his inside game at this point, loved being a part of the USA National team.
“It was my first time there (in Argentina) and just a great bonding experience,” Vanover said. “It was a lot of great players and we were all competing for our country.”
Mike Anderson and Razorback assistant Melvin Watkins have followed Vanover and El Dorado junior Daniel Gafford (6-10, 202) closely as they have played for the Wings this spring and summer.
“I like them,” Vanover said. “I like their program. Coach Anderson is a very good coach and I think he is going to do great things for that team.”
Vanover, who hit a trio of 3-pointers on Saturday night, recently got his first scholarship offer from Ole Miss. and then added one from Alabama on Sunday.
“It is just good to get that first one under my belt and hopefully there will be a lot more soon,” Vanover said.
Vanover was 172 pounds at the start of his ninth grade season, but has now topped the 200-pound mark.
“My goal for the upcoming high school season is around 220 or 225 and by the end of the school year I want to be around 230,” Vanover said.
He knows he still has a lot of work to do.
“I have improved a lot on patience inside, but I am trying to work on my rebounding and being able to put the ball on the floor,” Vanover said. “I will just keep working hard and know that it will come.”
Connor Vanover scores inside at the FIBA Americas 16-and-under tournament in Argentina.
Brandon Vanover (32) and Connor Vanover defend for Arkansas Baptist during the 2014-2015 high school season.