Final Vermont 2011 Rankings Announced
Fresh off their breakout season, Vermont Academy holds the two highest ranked players in Vermont as Ryan Romich and Keron Deshields are both close to fulfilling their division I aspirations.
Romich arrived at Vermont as a post-graduate from Groton-Dunstable High School in Massachusetts and continued to develop his perimeter skills while showing his trademark athleticism and high motor along the frontline. Deshields ran the show for VA and proved himself to be a very dangerous attacking lead guard and college coaches took notice as he reportedly scored a division I offer earlier this month.
Ranked third in the state, and tops among players in Vermont’s public school system, is Essex High School’s Ben Ferris who captured the Gatorade Player of the Year honors just last week after putting up 23 points, 10 rebounds, and close to 7 assists per game this year. The talented swingman will bring his game to the NESCAC next year at Tufts.
We go back to Vermont Academy for the fourth spot as Connor Merrill made good use of his extra season in the Green Mountain State. A skilled six-foot-five forward with deceptive bounce around the rim, Merrill continues to develop and projects as the prototypical face-up four-man at the next level and definitely has his best basketball still in front of him.
Rounding out the top five is CVU’s Jake Donnelly, the top point guard in the public school system. A skilled playmaker with a long history of creating offense for himself and his teammates, Donnelly is equally adept with his jumper and is likely to have a very solid college career with his ability to run a team.
No player helped their stock more in their senior season than Rice’s Austin Robinson, who led his team to a state title this year, and is an attacking guard who has the athleticism and physical skills warranted for the next level and is well on his way to maximizing his potential.
Seventh ranked Alex Snyder will head to Vassar College next year where he will provid a much needed interior presence on both ends of the floor. A big body and powerful presence inside the paint, the Rutland product can both score with his back to the basket and rebound in high volume.
Spaulding’s Evan Tullar is reportedly set to stay close to home and star for Norwich over the next four years and that’s exciting news for the Cadets as they land a player who has been among the state’s best for several years now and has the physical tools and athleticism to stand out in the GNAC.
Going back to Rutland, Troy Davine is our ninth ranked prospect in the state. Another guy who helped his stock in his senior season, Davine has a gear beyond most others in the state when it comes to playing off the bounce and a solid future ahead of him.
Rounding out the top ten is Mount Anthony Union big man Clayton Palmer, who like Snyder, is another post player who is rare because of his ability to play with his back to the basket, concentrate his game on the paint, and provide a physical presence on the glass.
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