This list features four savvy, lefty guards who make plays and impact the game on both sides of the ball, plus one non-lefty who deserves a nod. Tune in! Eli Pockette, 5’11 PG – Rutland High School Class of ‘23…
This list features four savvy, lefty guards who make plays and impact the game on both sides of the ball, plus one non-lefty who deserves a nod. Tune in!
Eli Pockette, 5’11 PG – Rutland High School Class of ‘23
You can tell pretty quickly that Eli has a feel for the game. Pockette can play at the 1 or the 2, balancing his ability to facilitate with his strong sense of off-ball movement. Eli excels in the pick-and-roll, displaying an ability to get to the rim, set up the roller, or hit the pull-up. He’s a quick, three-level scorer who doesn’t settle for just any look, he gets to his spots. Off the ball defensively, Eli shadows his man nicely while maintaining help position on drives and disrupts passing lanes often. On the ball, he’s pesky but measured, rarely overplaying. Eli is a strong all-around player who’s poised for a big senior year.
Trevon Bradley, 5’8 PG – Winooski High School Class of ‘23
Trevon is one of the most complete players in VT, hands down. His ability to break an entire defense down is uncanny. Bradley is such an incredible playmaker due to his outstanding strength and athleticism, his elite handle, and an ability to score it at all three-levels. Moreover, he may be a better passer than scorer, as he’s got great senses of defensive rotations and anticipates the spaces opening between them. Defensively, Tre can pick up anywhere on the floor, and his quickness combined with his strength makes him incredibly difficult to get by. Tre’s game translates well to the next level.
Sam Sweeney, 6′ CG – Champlain Valley Union High School Class of ‘23
One aspect I noticed about Sam is his communication. He’s a consistent talker on defense, especially in ball screens, and his talk on both ends of the floor inherently makes those around him better. Sweeney showed a knack for sticking jumpers all over the court, particularly from three. As a combo guard, he displayed good spacing and timing as he moved off of the ball, and with the rock in his hands he showed he can inside the second layer of the defense and make plays for others. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sam this winter.
Sawyer Ramey, 5’10 PG – Fair Haven High School Class of ‘23
It was evident pretty quickly that Sawyer knows how to facilitate on offense. With deep range, Ramey commands a lot of attention, and can manipulate a defense because of it. He can pull-up from a few feet behind the arc or snake around defenders and penetrate the paint, dishing the rock or scoring it himself. Ultimately, it’s hard to speed him up because he has good ball security, deft footwork, and impressive vision. Defensively, Ramey sticks with guys due to sliding his feet well and bodying up, pushing guys off their line. I look forward to seeing Sawyer get after it come school season.
Adam Bilodeau, 6’1 CG – Rice Memorial High School Class of ’23
Bilodeau, the only righty on the list, is a long 2-guard who can do a little bit of everything. He’s a strong on ball defender who moves his feet well and consistently bothers ballhandlers with active hands. He also rebounds well, boxing and elevating for shots coming off the rim, snatching them with his long arms. On the offensive end, Adam is knockdown off the catch-and-shoot, both in the mid-range and from three. Moreover, he can make plays out of the pick-and-roll with pull-up jumpers, drives, and dishes. Adam is a high-floor, high ceiling type prospect.