Tune in and get a feel for a few of the top perimeter players in the state.
, 6’5 G – Vermont Academy Class of 2025
A crisp three-level scorer with elite athleticism, Joson is a high-level guard with great instincts. Sanon is a knockdown shooter from 20+ feet and he can break down defenders with savvy dribble combos and sound footwork, creating space to rise up in the mid-range, get to the cup, or dump the ball off when the defense over commits. He moves with ease, evidenced by his ability to slip by defenders gracefully and elevate into his jumper or maneuver his way into the paint. An agile defender with great length, Joson is one of the state’s strongest and most complete prospects.
, 6’6 W/F – Vermont Academy Class of 2024
Chike has that modern inside/out game where he can control the paint by bodying bigs and blocking shots down low, and Ndefo also clears the boards well, hitting quick outlets or breaking out of the pack himself to spark the break. Yet he also sticks to perimeter guys with elite agility. Moreover, he reads traps and jumps passes with nice timing, deflecting passes for transition jams and dimes. Chike runs lanes well in the fastbreak too, hustling hard for easy lay-ups and to clean up missed shots. In the halfcourt, Ndefo knocks down the trey, shows nice pump fakes to get into the second layer, and finishes with poise at all three-levels. Or he’ll find open guys with patient yet timely kick outs and dump passes. Ndefo is an all-around, heady player who plays at his pace.
Sam Sweeney, 6’2 G – Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 2023
Sweeney is a solid shot-maker who finishes looks at a high clip. Furthermore, he’s someone who can slip into the second layer with decisive moves off the shot fake, getting to the rim and finishing slyly around the cup or finding open guys as the defense rotates. The lefty can play 1 but looks like a natural 2 with his instinctual off-ball movement, cutting wisely into the interior or screening and reacting to the defensive coverage. A solid defender with a strong lower body, Sam keeps guys in front with anticipation and strength. Sweeney is solid and efficient.
Tavarius Vance, 6’3 G – Spaulding High School Class of 2023
I’ve been impressed with Vance since last year when I saw some film, but when I saw him play last, he had clearly taken a huge step over the Spring and Summer campaign. Tavarius is a strong wing at the 2 or 3 position and a potent offensive threat. He changes gears nicely, lulling defenders to sleep and exploding by them with a quick first step to get to the rim. Or Vance will pull it back if the defender drops and knock down the three with ease. Lastly, Tavarius loves to exploit the defense in transition with strong lays at the cup and the occasional jam. Tavarius is a fun watch indeed.
Adam Bilodeau, 6’2 G – Rice Memorial High School Class of 2023
Bilodeau is someone who can get hot in a hurry. Adam is a knockdown shooter from deep, especially off the catch, and can hit threes off the bounce too, just a little less efficiently. I often see Adam operate out of the pick-and-roll where he is a threat regardless of the defensive coverage, exploiting drop coverage with pull-ups and slipping passes when the defense hedges or switches. Moreover, he can break defenders down off the bounce and he finishes well at the rim. Bilodeau competes on the defensive end and can turn defense into offense in a flash. I’m excited to see Adam’s winter unfold.
, 6’3 G – BFA St. Albans High School Class of 2023
We have a big, strong guard who does a little of everything with. Noah has great pursuit of the ball, collecting rebounds and 50/50 balls for transition opportunities where he’s just as likely to set someone up with a lay-up as he is to finish the play himself. Moreover, he’s a stout and athletic defender, causing ballhandlers to falter under pressure, and he rotates well in defensive scrambles, instinctively filling in defensive holes. In the halfcourt, Earl can operate effectively both with and without the ball and is quite efficient with his shot. Lastly, he’s a secure ballhandler with minimal turnovers. Noah is a two-way player who affects the game in all facets.