Archambault Next Champlain Star

He may not be recruited by the likes of Gonzaga and Michigan State as the past two standouts have ended up from Champlain St. Lambert, but wing William Archambault is getting noticed despite limited exposure.

If you are a Canadian basketball player with dreams of playing college ball in the United States, it's nearly a given that the best place to go is Champlain St. Lambert in Montreal.

That's exactly what William Archambault did.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound senior swingman, who led John Dangelas' squad in scoring each game at the Kentucky Hoop Fest, already has a handful of offers – and will likely be the go-to guy for this year's Champlain St. Lambert edition.

``He went to the tournament in Kentucky and lit it up," Dangelas said. "He didn't get invited to any of the shoe camps, but he's still getting plenty of looks."

``He's an outstanding shooter," added Dangelas. "Lights out with great size."

But Archambault, who averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game last season, has become more than just a one-dimensional guy who stands on the perimeter and launches trifectas.

``I'm a lot tougher physically than I was last year," said Archambault, who attributes some of his added toughness to his recent interest in kickboxing. "I like for contact more and crash the boards – and I have a better outlook towards my teammates."

The 18-year-old Archambault spent two years at C.P.E.Q. before being courted by Dangelas and his staff.

``Coach D (Dangelas) came to my house the first day he was allowed to recruit me and told mw how much he wanted me," Archambault said. "He brought his whole staff and a month later, I committed. It's the right place for me. Going to college in the states is what I always wanted and he prepares his players for that and gives them that opportunity."

Archambault, who has a 85 average and scored an 1160 on the SAT, said that Davidson and Rice are his co-leaders. He plans to take an unofficial to Davidson in a couple weeks and he may also stop in and check out Richmond. West Virginia is also in the mix and Archambault may also take an unofficial trip to Morgantown.

``I'll take official visits in September," he said. "The biggest thing for me is the academic level of the school and the level that the program is on. I also want to see if they send guys to Europe and the NBA."

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