Lyndonville, VT - Peyton Olsen, a 6'1" guard from Middleburgh, NY, has deposited and committed to Northern Vermont University-Lyndon's men's basketball program for the Fall 2019 semester. Olsen will study Exercise Science at Lyndon.
Olsen is transferring to NVU-Lyndon from NCAA Division II Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. Olsen redshirted with the Redhawks last season and retains four years of intercollegiate eligibility.
Olsen is a 2018 graduate of Middleburgh High School. He is Middleburgh's all-time leading scorer, totaling 1,791 points over his four-year varsity career. He also holds school records for most points in a single game (60) and most three-point goals in a game (11) and a career (271). As a senior he averaged 26.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Olsen was a New York State Class C 4th Team All-State selection as a senior after being named Honorable Mention All-State as a junior. He was a four-time Western Athletic Conference All-Conference selection, earnng 1st Team honors his final three seasons after garnering 2nd Team honors as a freshman. In his sophomore season he led Middleburgh to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section 2 Class C semi-finals and was named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts.
Olsen played two seasons of club basketball with the Cap City Scrappers, where he was a teammate of current Hornet Kyle Cary (Selkirk, NY).
Lyndon head coach David Pasiak remarked "Peyton was a prolific scorer in high school who will give us an explosive offensive weapon. He will also be able to draw on his experience as part of a D2 program to make an impact here. We initially recruited Peyton when he was coming out of high school. He's a terrific player and a terrific person. We are thrilled that he has decided to continue his edcuation and career here at Lyndon."
Tim Pangman, Olsen's coach at Middleburgh, added "Peyton is without a doubt the best player and best citizen that I have ever coached. He was not only our best player, he was our hardest worker. He has always been a great shooter, but he's also a great passer who sees the floor and understands the game. He's easy to coach and the school loved him. Peyton is a better person than he is a player, and he's a great player."
Olsen joins Levi Haviland of Poultney, VT, Josh Rivers of Island Pond, VT, and Tyrese Harris of Wiesbaden, Germany, in NVU-Lyndon's 2019 recruiting class.