Unsigned Senior Spotlight - Bijon Sidhu
Toughness and versatility are probably the first two words to come to mind when describing Vermont Academy unsigned senior Bijon Sidhu.
He came east from the state of Washington and has spent the last two years making his mark on the NEPSAC, establishing himself as a key player for the Wildcats in their run to the AA semifinals a year ago and then playing a leadership role for a team that transitioned up to the AAA ranks this year
It was a similar story on the EYBL as he earned a spot in the starting line-up for a Seattle Rotary club that was right in the thick of the league's standings throughout all of last spring.
That toughness and versatility has translated to the very highest levels of competition, during both the prep and grassroots seasons, allowing him to make a clear impact in both arenas while simultaneously developing his game and skill-set at a rapid rate.
Name: Bijon Sidhu
School: Vermont Academy
EYBL: Seattle Rotary
By the Numbers
Stats: 13.3ppg, 5.1apg, & 41% 3pt
Academics: 3.6 GPA & 27 ACT
"I have been playing basketball since I was 3 years old and everyday I love the game even more. My passion for the game has driven me to work on all aspects of basketball. I worked to become an elite shooter, I can defend 3 positions on the perimeter, and I have the ability to create scoring opportunities for myself and my teammates. I believe I am ideally situated for today’s position-less style of basketball."
"Bijon was a key part of our success during the spring and summer of 2019. He displayed a high basketball IQ making plays for his teammates and finding the open spot to knock down key jump shots. He consistently stepped up and guarded the other team's best wing. Bijon was not only a great teammate on the floor but great addition off the floor. He supported his teammates in a starting role and coming off the bench. What I appreciated most was that no matter the situation on any given day Bijon was ready to play. Any basketball program would be lucky to have him."
~Jamaal Williams, 2019 Rotary 17U EYBL Head Coach
"An athlete with a consistent motor, Bijon Sidhu is a winner at heart. He handles physicality on both ends of the floor, and is engaged on every possession. He goes to the glass well for a guard and is also an underrated passer who sees the floor well in the pick and roll. Bijon can play either guard spot; but is at his best on it, as his skillset has really improved over the last 2 years. Sidhu defends, competes and brings a high basketball IQ to the table. Over the years, our program has attracted many late bloomers who have turned into impact players at the next level. This young man is on that same trajectory."
~Alex Popp, Vermont Academy Head Coach
"Sidhu is a prospect who has evolved quite a bit over the last two years. When I first saw him, in the fall of 2018, my initial impression was a high-motored wing who was working to become more skilled. 18 months later and that work has clearly paid off as he spent the majority of his senior year operating as a big guard, even playing the point for large stretches at a time. So now, what he has evolved into is a big guard, who can play and defend multiple positions, and that type of versatility is hugely valuable with the way college basketball is played today. Not only has he become a player who can bring the ball up and get his team into their offense, but he's a much more reliable shooter from the three-point line as well, while continuing to be a physical driving threat. His perimeter size becomes that much more of a weapon at those positions as well while his physical strength, athleticism, and toughness have been consistent assets for him over the last two years. Defensively, he's a guy who can guard at least one through three, and is willing to buy into that role of being a defensive specialist, as he showed against the best prospects in the country last spring on the EYBL."
~Adam Finkelstein, ESPN & NERR