Vermont Boys Basketball POY: Ben Shungu

Vermont Boys Basketball POY: Ben Shungu

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Vermont Boys Basketball POY: Ben Shungu

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THE WINNER: Ben Shungu


School: Rice Memorial (South Burlington, Vt.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Guard
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 200 pounds

Athletic achievement: He led the Green Knights to a 23-1 record and their third consecutive Division 1 state championship this past season. Shungu averaged 18.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game. A First Team All-Metro and Second Team Burlington Free Press All-State selection as a junior, he was also named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen and USA TODAY’s All-USA Vermont Second Team.

Academic excellence: Shungu has maintained a B average.

Exemplary character: A peer mentor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington and youth basketball programs.


“Shungu creates matchup nightmares,” said Sol Bayer-Pacht, head coach at South Burlington High. “He can post up small guys, he can put the ball on the floor and make plays. He doesn’t have any off nights.”

THE FUTURE: Shungu will be a senior this fall.


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