Mark Vital

Mark Vital
Mark Vital.jpg
Vital in January 2018
No. 11 – Baylor Bears
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
LeagueBig 12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1996-11-07) November 7, 1996 (age 24)
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeBaylor (2017–present)
Career highlights and awards

Mark Vital (born November 7, 1996) is an American college basketball player for the Baylor Bears of the Big 12 Conference.

Early life and high school career

Vital was labeled "middle school basketball's most impressive dunker" by Yahoo Sports in June 2012.[1] He gave up football to focus on basketball in eighth grade.[2] Vital began high school at Washington-Marion Magnet High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.5 points per game and was a Class 4A All-State selection.[3] For his final two years, Vital transferred to Advanced Preparatory International in Dallas, Texas, where he played alongside Terrance Ferguson.[2] He competed for Southern Elite on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit.[4] Vital committed to play college basketball for Baylor after his sophomore year of high school.[5] At the end of his high school career, he was a four-star recruit and was considered the top player from Louisiana in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com.[6]

College career

Vital redshirted his first season at Baylor. While sitting out, he was a member of the practice squad and developed his offense by playing against Johnathan Motley and Ishmail Wainright.[7] As a redshirt freshman, Vital averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.[8] On March 23, 2019, he recorded a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds in an 83–71 loss to first-seeded Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament second round.[9] As a sophomore, Vital averaged 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and one steal per game, leading his team in rebounds and steals, and was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.[10] On February 8, 2020, Vital scored a junior season-high 13 points in a 78–70 win against Oklahoma State.[11] In his junior season, he helped Baylor become one of the best defensive teams in the nation.[8] He averaged 6.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, earning Third Team All-Big 12 and Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors. He was one of four finalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.[12]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Baylor
Redshirt Redshirt
2017–18 Baylor 33 18 23.8 .481 .100 .505 5.6 2.2 .8 .6 6.7
2018–19 Baylor 34 34 27.7 .464 .182 .529 7.2 2.0 1.0 .9 7.2
2019–20 Baylor 29 24 26.1 .459 .118 .418 6.2 1.8 1.7 .6 6.1
2020–21 Baylor 30 30 23.4 .483 .000 .500 6.7 1.4 1.1 .9 5.6
Career 126 106 25.3 .471 .127 .496 6.4 1.8 1.1 .8 6.4

References

  1. ^ Smith, Cameron (June 7, 2012). "Meet Mark Vital: Middle School basketball's most impressive dunker". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved August 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Werner, John (January 21, 2018). "YouTube sensation Vital giving Bears energy boost". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved August 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Washington Marion's Mark Vital Named to Max Preps Sophomore All-American Team". KPLC. April 19, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Lopez, Andrew (July 17, 2013). "Washington-Marion forward Mark Vital more than 'just a dunker'". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved August 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Baylor men's hoops receives pledge from Louisiana sophomore". Waco Tribune-Herald. September 4, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Rose, Shanna (October 30, 2019). "Big 12 2019-20 Preview: Baylor Bears". Blue Gold Sports. Retrieved August 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Hill, Jerry (March 8, 2018). "Vital Not Defined By His Dunks". Baylor University Athletics. Retrieved August 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b Werner, John (February 20, 2020). "High-flying Vital enjoys doing the dirty work for No. 1 Baylor men". Waco Tribune-Herald. Retrieved August 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Watkins, Tim (March 23, 2019). "Bears Fall to Gonzaga behind Clarke's 35". 247Sports. Retrieved August 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Davis, Seth (March 2, 2020). "He's tough, mean and sticky: Baylor's Vital leads the 21st annual All-Glue team". The Athletic. Retrieved August 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "No. 1 Baylor 78–70 over Oklahoma State for 20th win in row". ESPN. Associated Press. February 8, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "MBB's Vital Named Naismith Defensive POY Finalist". Baylor University Athletics. March 23, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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