Thursday, May 31, 2012

Floras Headed to Vermont

In the last year Dimitri Floras (Merrimack, NH) has made plenty of headlines. It was around this time last year when he announced that he would be leaving Merrimack High and transferring to Kimball Union Academy, a prep school in NH. Then during the fall word got out that he had transferred from KUA back to Merrimack. Then mid-way through the season a wrist injury put his junior season at Merrimack in jeopardy. Floras then returned to the lineup late in the season and led the Tomahawks to the 2012 Division I boys basketball championship.

And now the 6-foot-1 point guard is back in the news, as he will be transferring to a different prep school – Vermont Academy. VA competes in the highly competitive New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC).

"Excited about the talent and toughness Dimitri Floras will bring our program," said Vermont head coach Jesse Bopp, via Vermont Academy's Twitter account. "High-level student; makes people better. He provides an all-important presence at the lead guard spot."

Floras exploded for a game-high 23 points (scoring 18 of them in the 2nd half in Merrimack’s championship game win over Manchester Central back in March. He has been an all-state player in each of the three seasons he spent at Merrimack. He has nothing left to prove in the NHIAA so this transfer should not come as a surprise to anyone. Not only that but he plays for the Rivals Basketball Club on the AAU circuit and nearly all the players from that program go prep.

Dimitri Floras will reclassify to the class of 2014 next year at Vermont Academy. I’m happy for Dimitri and Coach Bopp, it’s a good fit for both” said Vin Pastore via twitter, who coaches Floras on the Rivals. “Dimitri will reclassify to the Class of 2014.”

Other NH natives who play on the Rivals 17U elite team are Kaleb Joseph (Cushing Academy), Mike LeBlanc (New Hampton), Mike Auger (New Hampton) and Eric Gendron (Merrimack HS). Gendron is the only one who has not transferred to a prep school yet, so don’t be surprised if he follows Floras out of town.

At Vermont Academy, Floras aims to once again take his game to the next level. He’ll play against tougher competition and reclassifying will also help with his recruitment. Currently he holds one Division I offer, from the University of New Hampshire. UNH’s Lundholm Gymnasium just happens to be the court where Floras, Gendron and their Merrimack teammates hoisted up the trophy back in March.

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