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Rice star Ndayishimiye to play basketball at UVM

Green Knights’ standout Michel Ndayishimiye has signed a letter of intent to attend UVM and play for the Catamounts.
Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 8:08 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - One of Vermont’s top high school boys basketball players is staying home.

Rice High School standout Michel Ndayishimiye has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the UVM Catamounts.

Just over two weeks ago, Ndayishimiye wrapped up his high school career by helping lead Rice to a second straight Division One state championship.

Ndayishimiye, along with his AAU coach, Sam Jackson of Vermont Elite, spoke with Channel Three Sports about his decision to attend UVM Tuesday night. Already proudly wearing the Green and Gold, Michel said that the choice of continuing his basketball career was UVM was an easy one to make. Joining the Catamounts allowed Ndayishimiye to be able to stay close to his family, friends and all those that have supported him to get to this point and he’s excited for the opportunity to challenge himself at the next level.

“I feel like going there will only help me work even harder, help me push myself to be an even better basketball player.”, said Ndayishimiye. That’s my main focus going there, just to go in and work as hard as I can and get to prove myself that I am able to play with the best of them.”

Ndayishimiye is will be teammates next season with fellow Rice standout, and UVM senior captain Ben Shungu. Michel said Shungu texted him after he announced the decision and said it’s time to get to work.

Nidayishimiye says that not only is he ready to get to work, but he’s also excited to get the opportunity to serve as an example of what that hard work can accomplish, especially to the children and young fans that are coming up after him and follow his exploits on the court.

“I always wanted to play up there (at UVM), and be that person who grew up in Vermont playing with kids in the community,”, said Ndayishimiye. “And have some of the kids who are my situation, have them be able to look up to me and see that it’s possible to do whatever you want if you just keep working hard at it.”

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