Mid-Season Report: Rhode Island & Vermont 2020
Today we'll wrap-up our mid-season reports in the class of 2020 with a look at Rhode Island and Vermont, two states which are similar in terms of both the amount of talent in their state association as well as having one historically dominant prep school.
Vermont Academy has produced more division I players in the last decade than the rest of the state combined. More accurately, they've produced many times more division I players than the rest of the state combined. 2020 is no different as four of the top five prospects in the state currently reside in Saxtons River.
St. Andrew's string of dominance over the Ocean State goes back even further but with the emergence of new programs like Rocky Hill and, in 2020 in particular, St. George's School, the talent base in the state gradually continues to expand.
Symir Torrence is one of the top 2020 prospects in New England and already committed to Marquette where he'll undoubtedly be able to make a big impact. Torrence's emergence has been both rapid and consistent over the last 15 months as he initially distinguished himself with his strength, competitiveness, and passing ability and has since gone on to evolve into an increasingly dangerous shot-maker and scorer. Jake Cook, Bijon Sidhu, and Josh Hall complete the Vermont Academy quarter and have all played an important role in the team's success thus far. Rice Memorial junior Leo Chaikin represents the public school ranks in the top five as the 6-foot-4 swingman has continued to assert himself this year after first putting his name on the map last year as a sophomore.
The battle for the top spot is a very close one. St. Andrew's forward Myles Wilmoth may have the best long-term upside as a fluid and potentially skilled 6-foot-9 four-man, but St. George's guard Tyler Kolek is the more impactful of the two right now as he's one of the most potent shooters in New England and getting more versatile with his attack all the time. Kolek has two other teammates among the top five in the state including Samuel Adusei, a scrappy two-way guard who has made a quick impact since returning from injury. Erickson Bans, a skilled a creative playmaker from Shea High School, represents the RIIL