Recruitment 2021: Vermont Extends Offer to Jake Heidbreder
The Vermont coaching staff is back on the 2021 recruitment trail, this time extending a scholarship offer to SG Jake Heidbreder per Verbal Commits. This news comes two days after the Catamounts had reportedly extended offers to 2021 SG/SF’s Sean Durugordon and Garrett Johnson. Heidbreder is another athletic and rangy SG (6’4) who could also see playing time in that hybrid guard/wing type role at the next level. Are you beginning to sense a theme here?
Verbal Commits has Heidbreder listed as a two-star recruit with currently just three official offers – Indiana State (s/o Larry Legend), Furman and now Vermont. Despite the low amount of scholarship offers, Heidbreder has gotten top programs such as Purdue and Virginia showing interest and should get plenty more looks before his senior year is all said and done. Heidbreder has been playing his high school ball at Floyd Center High School in Greenville, Indiana. It’s nice to see Vermont tapping that Indiana recruitment pipeline again, as UVM has been able to find so many previous Catamount greats from the Hoosier state, including most recently what feels like the entire Duncan family.
What Does the Tape Say?
Jake Heidbreder actually has some good quality tape available that you can find pretty easily. Who would’ve thought that Indiana cared so much about high school basketball? In all seriousness, Indiana is a hot-bed for high school basketball in the midwest and has been known to produce highly productive players who time after time have shown they can compete at the D1 collegiate level. And Heidbreder looks every bit the part.
Positives: Great three point shooter with long, dangly arms that help him shoot over would be defenders. Can hit the mid range jumper well and looks good shooting in traffic. Uses his long arms and athleticism on defense to affect opposing players shot tendencies. Height and athleticism provides help with defensive versatility.
*Negatives: Not much of a slasher, most of his points will come from jumpers. Could benefit from playing with more physicality. Should be looking to add strength and build out his frame more to help with any defensive liabilities at the next level.
*It’s extremely difficult to find many liabilities in highlight videos. Likewise, I’m not here to berate any kids.
Has Vermont Found Their Next Great SG?
UVM really struggled to find a groove with their three-point shooting last year. Besides Stef Smith and Everett Duncan, the Cats severely lacked a consistent perimeter threat. Heidbreder should be able to step in and become a long distance menace from day one, as the three ball will be his bread and butter. Heidbreder reminds me of a taller Cam Ward. He plays fast, feisty and should be able to provide a spark off the bench early in his career.
Again, this is the time of year where we see so many of these often overlooked or undervalued kids really start to accrue scholarship offers. Heidbreders smooth shooting and length are big time contributing factors that should have UVM hot on his tail. His overall talent and skill level look to be on par with Vermont’s typical recruitment range and although there’s no doubt there will be other schools in the mix, it’s now up to Vermont to commit and invest in their recruitment efforts if they truly want to land their next shooter from the Hoosier state.
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