Farris Sits Atop Vermont’s 2019 Class
When we published our Vermont rankings in the class of 2018 last week, the major theme of the class was that we wanted to see more. We wanted to see more of the state's talent emerge, both locally and beyond, as it has become increasingly difficult to identify the same amount of college prospects within the state's borders.
That isn't to say they don't exist. In fact, we are willing to bet that they do, but they have simply yet to emerge.
It is a similar story in the class of 2019, where we have identified five players who have been able to distinguish themselves thus far, but the reality is that there is only one who has really proven himself thus far.
Rice Memorial guard Kam Farris was named first team all-state last year after emerging as a major weapon in the second half of the season. He finished with averages of just under 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists per game, but down the stretch he also showed he was capable of stepping into a starring role. Farris is a skilled guard, he shot 42% from 3pt and 85% from the free-throw line last year according to the Burlington Free Press, but he's also young for his grade.
That late birthday made him age eligible to play in the 15u division of the Adidas circuit this spring and so he joined the New York Jayhawks where he was again able to distinguish himself, only this time on a bigger state.
Put it all together and Farris sets the bar in the Green Mountain State. He is expected to be both the best junior in the VPA this coming season and thus far looks like the very best long-term prospect as well.
Behind him is Rutland guard Jamison Evans, a long and skilled guard with some obvious tools, who has the potential to thrive both locally and beyond as Farris has done. St. Johnsbury guard Alex Carlisle has already established himself as one of the more impactful juniors in the VPA while two local products are also new to the 2019 class after transferring to Vermont Academy in Jack Scotnicki and Deng Adiang. Scotnicki has already developed some traction with academic colleges and shown himself to be a gym rat while Adiang has the same physical gifts and active floor game that previously distinguished his older brother, Tinga Adiang.