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Young Determines Vermont is Best Fit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vermont Sports Network   
Thursday, 20 September 2007

 Source:  i95Ballerz.com

September 18, 2007Garvey Young, the 6’4”, 190 pound senior all-court performer at Georgetown Prep (MD), has decided Mike Lonergan’s Vermont Catamount program will be his future home.

Why did he choose that school of over 10,000 students based in Burlington, VT? “It was the best fit” responded Garvey’s dad, John Young. Being the best fit in the Young family centers first upon academic factors first, followed then by athletic, social and recruiting concerns.

“You shouldn’t be surprised to know that overall athletes on campus are doing better than other students” stated John, of Vermont’s academic support focus, before later adding “We visited, BC, Virginia Tech; they (Vermont) are offering the same kind of stuff. The school has academic advisors just for basketball. The professors are providing them with a report on the kids every two weeks”.

Resultantly, Young shared “Vermont has won the American East Conference’s academic championship the last three years”. Lonergan has displayed similar scholastic concern at a greater than a decade long stint leading Catholic University, where he graduated a reported 100% of his players.

Regarding hoops, Vermont again prevailed in Garvey’s eyes, since the school, as academically, compared favorably with other institutions on his list, including William and Mary, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Colgate, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Lehigh, UMBC, Air Force, Loyola (MD), and Holy Cross.

“They have a freshman guard, a sophomore guard, two junior guards, and two senior guards” presently on the roster analyzed the Young family’s patriarch. “His freshman year, they’ll have four guards” he continued, with each subsequent year set up for Garvey, who will probably play both guard positions and even some small forward for the Catamounts, to assume an increasingly larger role.

In terms of frontcourt players, John shared presently, Vermont boasts “a sophomore forward and a senior forward” in addition to “a 6’10” freshman, 6’8” freshman , 6’10” freshman, 6’9” freshman, and a couple of junior big men”.

All of this, in the Young family’s opinion, will provide Garvey “A chance to play early, a chance to play a lot, a chance to make a mark in the league, and a chance to get to the Big Dance”. The last point has been proven by both Lonergan and his predecessor, Tom Brennan, as according to Young, the program “has been in or close to the tournament the last five years” including a National Invitational Tournament bid in 2006-2007 – Lonergan’s second at the school, in which he was tabbed the America East Conference’s Coach of the Year.

Many would surmise a native of Washington, D.C. such as Garvey would find Burlington, VT, a small town of around 40,000 residents rather inhospitable, particularly when his African-American heritage and the town and school’s relative lack of diversity are considered.

Not so, says John, as in his family’s opinion, “The size of the school – it’s a mid-sized school with a small college feel” is desirable, but the institution also boasts “big college benefits”, including being bolstered by a small, hyper-supportive community, helping to create a college town flavor. That dynamic is, according to Young, accentuated by the school’s cosmopolitan tone (reportedly 70% of the student body are from out of state).

In terms of diversity, Young shared the school’s president, Daniel Mark Fogel, is highly committed to that idea, having “done some big things” as executive vice chancellor and provost at Louisiana State University. Fogel’s work at that institution included orchestrating programs that more than doubled the number of African-American graduate students there, resulting in LSU presently leading America in graduating Black doctorate graduates in English literature and language, along with chemistry.

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