Vanderbeken is a fairly athletic big man with good skills and a good feel underneath the basket, with a nice touch. There just aren't many 6-10 kids with his size and agility, and still being a skinny 225 pounds makes Vanderbeken intriguing.
He averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds a game last season as a junior.
He is returning for what is a fifth year of high school. With Ontario high schools phasing out their traditional fifth year, Vanderbeken will finish up in the traditional way since he's young for his class, and it gives him the opportunity to get recruited at a high level for 2006.
When asked what schools had offered him a scholarship, Vanderbeken said, "Central Michigan and Niagara right now."
"I'm looking to play at a high level," Vanderbeken said. "A school with good academics, one that has a good basketball program, a good atmosphere and a good location."
When asked if he had any problem going away to college, he said, "I really can't. Just about any school I'm going to go to is going to be ‘away.'"
When asked if he had ever been to California, Vanderbeken said no. "But I'd love to go. I wouldn't mind going to college in California. California is always good."
Well, how does he know if he's never been there? "Because it's always sunny there. And TV says it's a great place and TV doesn't lie, right?"
Vanderbeken plays on Ryan Wright's former AAU team, but said he wasn't that close with Wright. "We know each other, but that's about it," he said.
Academically, he said he has a grade point average of 75, which he pointed out is the Canadian equivalent of a 3.5. He's also taken the SAT and scored an 820. "I want to take it again, though," he said.