Prep Profile: Champlain St. Lambert

When the conversation turns to basketball north of the border, there's a good chance it'll turn to Champlain St. Lambert. John Dangelas' program has produced a pair of high-major guys in the past couple of years - and there's plenty of talent in the program right now.

When you talk about the elite high school programs north of the border, you start with John Dangelas and Champlain St. Lambert. Plain and simple.

Dangleas may not have the marquee player that he's had in the past few years with Maurice Joseph and Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes. However, he's got more balance this season.

``When we're healthy, we have plenty of depth," Dangelas said. "From one to 14, everyone can play."

However, Champlain has already taken a pair of hits early in its season when Jason Rodney, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, tore his meniscus and 6-foot-3 junior wing Shawn Bowen suffered spinal cord injury that will shelve him until at least January.

The starting lineup will vary. Deangelas will be able to go smaller when he's in Canada, but will be forced to go with a bigger lineup when he travels into the United States.

The backcourt probably won't change. Look for junior Etoile Imama (6-2, 185) to start at the point and he'll be joined by long 6-4 junior combo guard Ibrahim Appiah (6-4).

William Archambault, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound senior who committed to Davidson, will start at small forward and will be counted upon heavily to provide consistent scoring.

Kambi Laleye, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man who is headed to the University of Buffalo next fall, will start in the middle and will be joined on the frontline either by 6-4 swingman Valerio Lazarescu or fellow Buffalo commit Max Boudreaux (6-7, 225).

``Valerio is a tough matchup at 6-4 who has a good mid-range game and he can shoot it from long distance also," Dangleas said. "Max has been scoring at will."

Look for seniors Patrick Kervan (5-11, 165), Michael White (6-4) as well as juniors Alex Sabino (6-4), Raul Tutela (6-4) and Kenny Hopkinson (6-0) and sophomore shooting guard Greg Elliott (6-3) also to compete for significant playing time as the season develops.

``Last year's team had a marquee player in Maurice that was the go-to guy," Dangelas said. "This year it'll be a lot of different guys who can score. We'll be a lot more well-balanced."


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