Vermontâ€™s First Commit has a Chance to be Special
Big news on the recruitment trail, as top Canadian guard/wing Sam Alamutu has announced his decision to commit to the University of Vermont. Alumutu is the first 2021 commit for the Catamounts and has all the makings to a special player at the next level. To say Vermont has found success out of the great white north with their recruits would be an understatement, as Alamutuâ€™s athleticism, skills and leadership traits will undoubtedly be on display from day one.
Alamutu is currently enrolled at Rothesay Netherwood prep in New Brunswick. He helped guide his team to an undefeated mark just a season ago while averaging 18 points, 11.6 rebounds and 4 assists a game, along with a First-Team All-Star selection. The 6â€™5â€ guard is widely considered the best rebounding guard in his class and his athleticism and defensive instincts allow him to easily cover the 1 -3 spots.
â€œCoach Becker is going to love how coachable Sam is. He will literally do anything for a coach he knows believes in him. Rebound, defend, go and get a bucketâ€¦he is a coachâ€™s dream.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â – Rothesay Netherwood Head Coach Damian Gay
If it wasnâ€™t already obvious, Alamutu certainly passes the eye test. Granted itâ€™s difficult to fully assess a player solely from their highlight tape, but Alamutu (or Thanos as heâ€™s referred to) can bring the juice. Alamutu has that grown-ass-man strength and can straight up bully defenders with his size and speed.
Dynamic, physically-gifted, high-motor, versatile. Those are just a few ways to describe how Alamutu looks when he steps on the court. When Alamutu arrives in Burlington, thereâ€™s a good chance heâ€™ll instantly take over the title of strongest and possibly most athletic player on the roster. Vermont has some tremendous players on their roster, but someone of Alamutuâ€™s strength and stature is quite rare to see out of an incoming freshman.
â€œItâ€™s going to be great. Weâ€™re going to do big things. Exciting to think about hopefully the next great Canadian player to play here (Vermont). I think (Alamutu) has a chance to be really, really special.â€Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â – Vermont Head Coach John Becker
Highly decorated both on and off the court, Alamutu is just as dedicated in the classroom as he is on the hardwood. As head of his class, Alamutu also drew strong interest from some of the most highly prestigious schools in the country such as Yale, Princeton and Stanford. However, the chance to suit up for the Cats was too good to pass up, as the strong pursuit led by Coach (Ryan) Schneider and Coach Becker gave Alamutu an overwhelming confidence in the program.
Alamutu is a phenomenal player, but like all prospects, there are still plenty of areas to work on and clean up moving forward. Another year of fine-tuning and cleaning up the little things is likely Alamutuâ€™s goal for the season. If he can take care of that then Vermontâ€™s latest Canadian star has a great chance of becoming an impact player and contributor from day one.Â
More will come on Alamutu in the future, but for now we extend our welcome and warm wishes to Sam and his family. Welcome to Catamount country Sam Alamutu!