TORONTO (BVM) – The first thing that stands out about four-star combo guard Vasean Allette is that he has a knack for getting the ball through the hoop. He’s so good that he is considered the best prospect in Canada for the Class of 2023 and is a top-100 recruit.
“I can always rely on my scoring ability,” Allette said.
Whether it’s at the rim, behind the three-point line or anywhere in between, Allette can score and score a lot. This summer, representing Canada in the 2018 FIBA U18 Americas Championship, he was named to the All-Star team and helped Canada take home the bronze medal in the tournament. Allette led all scorers during the championship, averaging 18.8 points. In the third place game against Argentina, Allette had 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the tournament.
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Allette’s scoring prowess has come naturally to him. Ever since his older brother introduced him to the game when he was 2, he could score. It was seeing the ball go through the hoop that first gave him the confidence that he could take his game to the collegiate and even professional level.
“Honestly, since I saw myself make my first jump shot I had the confidence, the passion and drive to make myself great,” Allette said.
That training has involved watching film of Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant. Watching Allette, you can see how those elite scorers have influenced his game but Allette has also been influenced by people closer to home. His older brother got him involved in basketball originally and his twin brother, Yamari, is also receiving DI interest.
“Always having someone there, you’re never alone,” Vasean said about having his brothers with him. “Whenever you have stuff to work on you can just ask. You ever don’t know, you just ask.”
Vasean also plays with Yamari at United Scholastic Academy. As teammates, they push each other on and off the court. They also have helped each other through the recruiting process as they both try to find their home next year.
“Having those same conversations with coaches that we have and then just to come together afterwards, it helps,” Vasean said.
The two would like to play together but at the end of the day, they want to be in the best place possible for each of them. For Vasean, that means finding a place where he can play for one season and then head to the NBA, that’s his goal.
He has the potential to achieve this goal, especially because of his scoring ability, but that isn’t the only thing the 6-foot-3 guard brings to the table. Vasean plays solid defense as during the Americas Championship, he averaged 1.2 steals per game. Last year in the BioSteel All-Canadian Game game, he had seven steals.
On offense, Vasean is a capable distributor. He has worked on getting teammates involved early while also ensuring his own opportunities. Vasean is confident in his ability to get buckets but prides himself on getting others those same chances.
“I take a lot of pride in that,” Vasean said. “I trust myself to score the ball but also just putting myself in a position to move the ball, make my teammates score.”
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His ability as a well–rounded guard will do him well this season as he tries to win the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association and repeat as the BioSteel All-Canadian MVP.
“Win the whole OSBA,” Vasean said of his goals.