Check out six guys who are poised to break out this winter.
Alex Gordon, 6’0 G – South Burlington High School Class of 2025
I’m excited to see what Alex brings to the table this winter. He’s long, agile, and has great composure as the primary ballhandler, controlling the tempo of the game with ease and sound decision making. Gordon is also capable of calling his own number, driving into cracks within the defense for interior buckets and dimes, or he’ll knock it down from the perimeter with crisp jumpers. Alex’s anticipation and athleticism make him a tough defender too, sliding his feet and sticking to ballhandlers hips with ease. Overall, Alex competes hard while remaining composed in close games. I’ll be keeping an eye on him.
Abram Francis, 6’0 G – Vergennes Union High School Class of 2023
Abram is someone who can fill it up in an instant with transition buckets and a quick trigger from three. Francis is adept at sparking the break, taking advantage of quick outlets to advance the ball to finish at the rim or drop it off to the trailer. Streaky at times, Abram is a volume shooter who’s most efficient off of the catch. Francis has sound spacing in the halfcourt, sneaking into mid-range gaps for easy jumpers and face-up drives on occasion. Abram will be an x-factor for Vergennes this year.
Deng Aguek, 5’10 G – South Burlington High School Class of 2025
A multifaceted player, Deng chips in with a little bit of everything. Aguek has a long frame and loves to get after it on defense, hawking ballhandlers out of the press with active hands and well-timed traps. Moreover, he’s pretty switchable, hanging with players at the 1-3 slot and competing hard against guys with more size. Deng slashes with good awareness, is crafty around the bucket, and finishes well in traffic. Aguek is natural 2-guard with hustle, efficiency, and a good feel for the game.
Cole McAllister, 5’7 G – Spaulding High School Class of 2023
McAllister is an impressive athlete; you have to wonder if the kid has springs in his shoes because at 5’7-5’8 or so, Cole can finish at rim level even as he’s absorbing contact. With a swift first step and that impressive elevation, Cole slips into the second level with ease, creating havoc for defenses as he picks them apart with tough finishes and heady passes to bigs and shooters alike. Defensively too, McAllister sticks with guys due to nice agility and can pick pockets with his quick hands. Lastly, he rebounds well and can turn on the jets in an instant. Cole is a solid two-way guy.
Kyle Eaton, 5’7 G – Champlain Valley Union High School Class of 2024
A gritty guard, Kyle can really get into guys on defense. He’s got a strong core and great agility, sliding his feet well and bodying ballhandlers while staying in his stance. Furthermore, he gets a good number of charges called because of his anticipation and athleticism. Eaton is swift to turn defense to offense too, with quick hands and solid help position, he has the ability to turn the ball over and transition quickly into the open court, finishing plays. On the offensive end, Kyle has quick release on his jumper and can really knock it down off the catch, or he’ll throw the shot fake and make plays in the interior. Ultimately, Eaton makes his mark in a variety of ways.
Devin Brisson, 6’2 W – Vergennes Union High School Class of 2024
Brisson is growing into a nice player, for he has great length and doesn’t need the ball to be effective and make plays. Devin uses his dribble well, attacking quickly or moving the rock to hit cutters and screeners as they get to their spots. When in the second layer, Devin finishes well around the cup, sneaking in for crafty lays. On the defensive end, Devin can hang with guys on the perimeter, using his length to disrupt shots and deflect passes yet he can mix it up with some 4’s too. Brisson rebounds well with his size and is a quick outlet, sparking the break with vision and precise advance passes. Overall, Devin is effective and low maintenance.