MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Ever since high school, Matt St. Amour has been a Vermont star. Now a college senior, he's down to the final weeks of his basketball career.
"It's been a special four years," remembers St. Amour, I just can't believe it's coming to an end here soon, hopefully we'll be playing for another month or so, but I love Middlebury as a school. The coaching staff. The community."
And the community has embraced him right back. A 2000-point scorer at Missisquoi valley. St. Amour once had an opportunity to play as a walk-on at UVM. Sure, he might have found success there, but Panther Coach Jeff Brown says: he really wanted St. Amour at Middlebury.
"I think if you asked him right now he'd say he made the best decision because he's really carrying us to a great level."
Maybe an understatement for the defending NESCAC champs now ranked among division 3's national contenders, St. Amour is the team's offensive leader but his peers says he shines most away from the court.
Coach Brown adds, "He's just so genuine, and you know personable and you know, positive."
St. Amour coaches a youth team. He helps with Relay for Life and just finished up a senior thesis. No, it wasn't required, just important to him. Before he moves on, he wants one more thing: an NCAA tournament banner.
"To make a deep run would be a dream come true in my final year," says St. Amour, "With my teammates, my classmates. It'd be really special."
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