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Old 11-01-2016, 05:51 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Vermont has offered SG Deon Ejim out of Canada http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/deon-ejim
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Vermont has offered SG Deon Ejim out of Canada http://www.verbalcommits.com/players/deon-ejim
Sounds talented but probably good candidate to blow up; His older brother is F Melvin Ejim who played at Brewster Academy then Iowa State.
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Saw Jr. Kevin Garrison scored 34pts in first game of the season for Burlington- have to imagine he's the new best player in the state at this point (?)

For those that see more VT HS hoop then I obviously do away from whatever video is online, where does Garrison project? He seems like he has the size/athleticism/strength that could be a D1 player- but not sure if the guard skills or the quickness is there- further, I know he's also very good at football so what sports does he even want to play in college?
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I haven't seen Kevin Garrison since his freshmen year when he guarded Kendrick Gray in the state championship game. All I remember is the kid absolutely belonged out there as a freshmen and held his own against Kendrick.

He's a tremendous athlete but my concern is if he wants to play at the division 1 level is his size. He's only 6'0 and about 170 lbs. I don't know about his jumping ability but he would really have to have terrific skills to make up for his below average size (in basketball terms).

He has played lots meaningful games as his freshmen year his team lost the championship and his sophomore year his team won the championship. It will be fun to follow his progression and see where he ends up.
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I've seen Garrison play a few times, including this year. What I see in him right now is definitely a D-1 athlete...but I'm not sure I see a D-1 basketball player yet, if that makes any sense. He's very good, and is probably the best HS player in VT (though I think that's a little less clear-cut this year...if you measure it just on ability at the HS level and ignore future projections, there are some good individual talents out there). But I don't know if I see the one trait yet that would make him a surefire D-1 player. Good at a lot of things, but not a lights-out shooter, or flawless ball-handler, or has great size, etc. His athleticism does allow him to be a real strong defensive player, but he'll need to work on some other aspects of his game, in my opinion.

It'll also be interesting to see what his game looks like now that he's the focal point of the team: both offensively, and how defenses approach him. He's going to get a lot more attention without Mostarlic and Hale around.

Probably a thought better served for the VT HS thread, but while Burlington and Rice are certainly good again this year (Rice has some strong underclassmen), I think you'll see a more competitive mix down the stretch. Should be more entertaining non-Burlington/Rice games this year.
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I haven't seen Kevin Garrison since his freshmen year when he guarded Kendrick Gray in the state championship game. All I remember is the kid absolutely belonged out there as a freshmen and held his own against Kendrick.

He's a tremendous athlete but my concern is if he wants to play at the division 1 level is his size. He's only 6'0 and about 170 lbs. I don't know about his jumping ability but he would really have to have terrific skills to make up for his below average size (in basketball terms).

He has played lots meaningful games as his freshmen year his team lost the championship and his sophomore year his team won the championship. It will be fun to follow his progression and see where he ends up.
Interesting, I thought Garrison was taller than that. NERR lists him at 6'1'', and by the eye test he looks to be at least as tall, if not taller, than Shungu who UVM now lists at 6'2''. He certainly gets up and dunks a lot easier for someone who is only 6'0''.

Will be interesting to see if he can grow a bit more, that would go along way for helping him.
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I've seen Garrison play a few times, including this year. What I see in him right now is definitely a D-1 athlete...but I'm not sure I see a D-1 basketball player yet, if that makes any sense. He's very good, and is probably the best HS player in VT (though I think that's a little less clear-cut this year...if you measure it just on ability at the HS level and ignore future projections, there are some good individual talents out there). But I don't know if I see the one trait yet that would make him a surefire D-1 player. Good at a lot of things, but not a lights-out shooter, or flawless ball-handler, or has great size, etc. His athleticism does allow him to be a real strong defensive player, but he'll need to work on some other aspects of his game, in my opinion.

It'll also be interesting to see what his game looks like now that he's the focal point of the team: both offensively, and how defenses approach him. He's going to get a lot more attention without Mostarlic and Hale around.

Probably a thought better served for the VT HS thread, but while Burlington and Rice are certainly good again this year (Rice has some strong underclassmen), I think you'll see a more competitive mix down the stretch. Should be more entertaining non-Burlington/Rice games this year.
How does he compare to Matt St. Amour? Seem like similar players. St. Amour is star at D3 Middlebury, think he projected as a walk on at UVM. He may have turned out better than projected and could have been a contributor at UVM. Garrison seems to be at same level to me, the few times I have seen him in person.
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How does he compare to Matt St. Amour? Seem like similar players. St. Amour is star at D3 Middlebury, think he projected as a walk on at UVM. He may have turned out better than projected and could have been a contributor at UVM. Garrison seems to be at same level to me, the few times I have seen him in person.
I never really got to see St. Amour play in person in HS, so I don't know if I can exactly size them up. St. Amour was obviously a more pure scorer, and better shooter. Garrison is the superior athlete, especially considering he's only a JR. You're right, I think St. Amour did turn out even better than projected. I love guys like him, because he's an example that how good you are at age 18 doesn't dictate your future. There's still room for development, physically and skill-wise. St. Amour has certainly done that.

Even though it feels a little "Prisoner of the Moment," I think comparing Garrison to Shungu is fair and apt. I think Garrison is probably about as good as Shungu was as a JR; maybe a little better, maybe a little worse, depending on your perspective and what day you watch him. Of course, Shungu improved a lot between JR & SR, that will be the test for Garrison.
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The thing I love about St. Amour's development is that he was a tremendous offensive player in high school but didn't play much defense. At Middlebury he's become a great defensive player and rebounder in addition to continuing to be the go to scorer. He really has continued to work on his game.

I watched St. Amour all through high school and I've only seen Garrison a bit in person but I do think that Garrison is a better natural athlete but doesn't have that one skill that separates him like St. Amour. St. Amour scored over 2,000 pts. in high school. Based on what I've seen of Garrison his best skill is his toughness and defense. This year he will be a more of the go to scorer given what Burlington lost from last year.

In some ways that gives him an advantage over St. Amour. I believe Coach Becker thought Matt was too slow to play defense at the D1 level therefore didn't get an offer. I don't think there is any question that Garrison has the athleticism to play D1 hoops. The question is does he have the skills and size?
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St. Amour ended up at the right level for him and has had a very nice career at Middlebury by the looks of it- he made a very smart choice for himself- will get a superior education and ended up getting to play.

He never had the athleticism to play D1- as a point of reference just look at Dylan Sinnickson- he averaged 18/10 for Middlebury and couldn't even get on the court for UVM when we desperately needed size last year. Players like Matt Hart from Hamilton and obviously Duncan Robinson from Williams are the outliers and not the norm- most D3 kids cannot compete athletically and physically with D1 kids, even at the lower levels of D1. Maybe a select few of the best players in the NESCAC could any given year.

Garrison seems to be a superior athlete, but as mentioned does not look like has the shooting ability yet.
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According to the Times Union, Vermont has offered 6'9 Jacob Cook from Shaker High.
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Cook's a sophomore, shouldn't he be in a 2019 thread?
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According to the Times Union, Vermont has offered 6'9 Jacob Cook from Shaker High.
How does his league compare to other NY leagues (i.e. the Rochester area league where Lamb averaged 30 and 17)? It looks like his last game he was pretty dominant
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Cook's a sophomore, shouldn't he be in a 2019 thread?
Oops. You're right. I thought he was in the same class as Sloan Seymour.
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