Open the dictionary, look up the word mismatch and you may find a picture of Bol Kong. At 6-8, the athletic wing can get to the hoop whenever he pleases. If the defense sags, then Kong will knock down jumpers like Reggie Miller going off at Madison Square Garden.
Opposing defenses can do nothing but pick their poison when facing the senior from St. George’s High School in Vancouver, BC. Last year, Kong led the “Saints” to the AAA Provincial Tournament, while filling up the box score with season averages of 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals per contest.“He’s naturally gifted and can do so much on the court,” explains Brian Lee, the coach at St. George. “He’s a 6-8, 2-3 man who can handle the basketball extremely well. He shoots the ball very well. And he’s a good passer. Across the board his skill set is really strong. For someone who’s 6-8 that’s a bit of an anomaly out here.”
This natural ability and talent could soon have Dick Vitale screaming Canadian diaper dandy. Florida and Utah are some of the Division 1 powers interested in Kong’s game. Canada has also shown the seventeen-year old love: Kong was a key member of the U-17 BC team and recently returned from an impressive showing at the elite Nike All-Canada Camp in Toronto. But all the individual accolades can’t distract Kong from the business at hand – finishing his high school career with a Provincial Championship. After all, he moved from Alberta just to be part of the basketball renaissance that’s taking place at St George’s.
“We have a lot of seniors this year, so our goals are a little higher,” declares Lee. “We will probably be within the top five right off the bat. We feel that we should be a contender.”
In five months, Bol could get another picture in the dictionary. Only this time, he’s hoping it will be next to the word champion.
Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold
Hamilton, Ont — In what will surely go down as one of best finishes in Ontario Federation Schools Athletic Association (OFSAA) basketball history, senior guard Shak Pryce — playing in his final high school game, buried his final shot — an unbelievable “shot of the year” candidate as the Pine Ridge Pumas (Pickering) edged upstart La Salle Black Trojan Knights (Kingston) 51-48 to win the 2019 OFSAA AAA gold medal game.
The previous possession, with the game tied at 48-48 all with 43 seconds remaining — 35-second shot clock winding down and the ball in La Salle’s premier guard Luka Syllas, Pryce determined to end his career as a champion pulled-up his shorts, started clapping and clamped defensively blocking Syllas shot attempt to give the Pumas the ball back with 9.3 seconds remaining via jump ball possession arrow rule.
Coming out of the timeout there was little to no doubt as to who was going to get the last shot, as Pumas’ head coach Cam Nekkers put the ball is senior guard’s hands delivering a magical march madness moment that will be buzzing for decades to come.
The gameplay was interrupted by a deliberate fire alarm nuance, causing a 15-minute delay.
Memories of Devoe Joseph’s final shot, game-winner to the defeat the Eastern Commerce Saints at the buzzer of the 2008 OFSAA AAAA Gold medal come to mind, only this time the trophy is going down south of Brock St. as Pine Ridge becomes the first LOSSA school to earn back-to-back titles of OFSAA’s top division since arch-rivals Pickering Trojans accomplished the feat in 2007-2008.
Whitby’s Anderson C.V.I (LOSSA) featuring Justin Edwards (Maine/Kansas State) and Dyshawn Pierre (Dayton Flyers) won back-to-back AAA gold medals in 2010-2011, however OFSAA was using a four-tiered (level) format with AAAA being the top division. OFSAA, since 2015-16 reverted back to a three-tier competition.
Canada’s Finest: Lindell Wigginton
2017 Canadian Guard Lindell Wiggington from Nova Scotia is Canada’s next rising star.
Balling out of the famous Oak Hill Academy academy program that is synonymous with NBA development, Wigginton has been on tear solidify his name and game.
Wiggington a 6’1, 180lbs point guard has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones commit and is the first Canadian Basketball player to attend Oakhill academy.