Brampton Basketball is alive and well!
The Tristan Thompson effect is now in full effect with young Brampton based basketball players inspired by path Thompson took to on his way to becoming the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Amongst the next generation of Dreamchasers is Donnovan Hastings, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who like Thompson, has decided to take is game down south in hopes of sharpening his game and gaining a NCAA Basketball scholarship.
Donnovan Hastings is willing to travel a long way for his basketball dream, even to California.
That is why he has left his Brampton home to play at Future College Prep in Harbor City, a suburb of Los Angeles. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, with a lot of promise, has decided to forgo his final year of high school at Notre Dame in a move which he feels will help him gain a university scholarship.
“I want this to make me stronger and quicker and give me exposure,” said Hastings, who has already been contacted by several U.S. schools.
Hastings has already had his chance to test himself against top U.S. competition with his AAU team the Northern Kings, based in Toronto, who played a number of U.S. tournaments this summer.
The Kings are coached by former Canadian national-team player Vidal Massiah, who feels Hastings has a lot of potential.
“He’s got a chance to do well. He’s athletic and long, he needs experience and to learn the game,” he said.
Massiah said Hastings showed what he is capable of during the summer as he had a break-out game against a strong team from Indiana, leading the Kings.
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