HERMON – Missing the tying shot in a big game is a brutal feeling, but it’s one that comes with lessons.
“That was kind of a wake up call you know everything you can take and add it to fuel the fire,” Hermon boys basketball forward Isaac Varney said about his last second miss against Caribou in the Class B North final last year.
After some self-reflection five months after the loss, Varney is determined to become a more versatile player.
“Definitely ball-handling, definitely shooting, you’ve seen it before I’m a go to post player and that’s not going to work in college so this summer I’ve been really trying to expand my game,” Varney added.
He still has another year of high school ball left, but this summer is Varney’s time to shine. He had a good showing at a New England showcase tournament this past weekend averaging over 20 points per game.
Varney has a couple more opportunities to show out. He will be attending two more showcase tournaments in New Jersey and Pennsylvania this month, tournaments in which Division I programs will be present.
“I’m pretty confident. I feel like I’ve prepared myself just like my teammates going to this tournament and that’s kind of like the place to shine so hopefully it all works out well,” Varney said.
If it all works out well for Varney, he’ll be in a spot he’s been fixated on since he was young.
“In sixth grade I wrote a letter for who I thought was going to be captain for my middle school a team and what I wrote on it was for my goals later on in life was to get a scholarship to the University of Maine,” Varney said.
A simple middle school letter, a dream that still lives on.