Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Floras Transfers Back to Merrimack

Dimitri Floras was a first team all-state player last year as a sophomore at Merrimack High. He was going to have a shot at being a back-to-back Division I player of the Year in the NHIAA as a junior and a senior, but in June he officially transferred from Merrimack to Kimball Union Academy, a prep school located in Plainfield, NH. Well after spending the first few months of the 2011-2012 school year there, Floras has left KUA and transferred back to Merrimack.

When he transferred to Kimball Union, Floras reclassified to the Class of 2014, so by returning to the high school ranks he also returns to the Class of 2013. According to a source close to Floras, he made the decision to return to Merrimack because he just didn't feel comfortable or happy at KUA, and felt too secluded there.

Prep school is a great thing for a lot of kids, for both athletic and academic reasons, but it's not for everyone. Floras is now at the place where he's most happy, and there's nothing wrong with that. Not only that, but Floras already holds a scholarship offer from the University of New Hampshire. So he has shown that if you have the talent to play D-I ball in college you can, regardless of whether you go to high school or prep school.

Floras is a 6'1" point guard who can flat out score the basketball. He has a tight handle and good hesitation dribble which allow him to get wherever he wants to with the ball. And he can also knock down shots from anywhere on the floor, off the catch or the dribble. Floras is not rattled by playing on the big stage - he dropped 25 points as a freshman in the state tournament 2 years ago. He has a killer pull-up jumper and is also an underrated passer and defender.

Kimball Union was planning on having Floras play a key role for them this season, but their loss is Merrimack's gain. Up until now there was no real clear cut favorite to win D-I this winter, with Manchester Central, Trinity, Bishop Guertin, Nashua North, Nashua South and Merrimack all being contenders. But this transfer makes the Tomahawks the favorite. They now have the NHIAA's best player in Floras, as well as the Gendron brothers (6'4" senior forward Tyler and 6'2" sophomore guard Eric). They also return their other 2 starters from last season in 6'4" forward Jared Peabody and 6'4" forward Kyle Richardson. Then off the bench you have a pair of guards who are capable of scoring in bunches in senior Bryan Courtemanche and junior Brandon Malloch. I don't think these will go undefeated but I wouldn't be surprised to see Merrimack go 17-1 this season.

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