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Maurice Joseph: Shining Star

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Since his early teenage summer days, Montreal native Maurice Joseph has been nailing shots like a birthday boy in the club. After two very successful years at Champlain College in St-Lambert, Quebec, Joseph will soon be making the nine-hour road trip to East Lansing, Michigan. Only this trip should last four years, including a full-scholarship to this year’s Final Four member, Michigan State University.

Born and raised in Montreal, the 19 year-old, nicknamed MoJo, is a shooting guard that plays the perimeter second to none in the country. Joseph’s lightning quick release seems to trigger on command, as he led all CEGEP scorers in Quebec with 22.8 points per game and winning the national Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) MVP award.

After winning the city’s high school championship in his last year at Mont-Royal High School, as well as winning another league MVP award (while averaging over 25 points a game), Joseph chose St-Lambert because of the coaching staff led by John Dangelas, who is the man with the master plan. Dangelas has great contacts with scouts south of the border and pushes his players to play with fierce intensity.

“The best decision I ever made was to play for Dangelas,” commented Joseph. “I didn’t play hard before Champlain, and he makes sure that we give our everything on the court. He shows his players a lot of love and in return we push as hard as we can.”

During scouting sessions last summer at Champlain, MoJo had over a dozen top Division 1 schools come check his game. Along with his mentor Henry Wong (who’s coached at many levels in the Montreal community), Joseph toured his final three choices; Michigan State, NC State and Ohio State. The selection for Joseph wasn’t all that tough considering Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo gave Joseph the perspective he needed. “He’s a tough coach but a genuine person,” commented the MVP of this year’s Adidas All-Star game. “Coach Izzo is straight forward and told me that I have the chance to play. That’s all I needed.”

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The slender 6-4 combo guard keeps a focus that is seen amongst top-caliber athletes. He doesn’t give into the hype, keeps his high profile status on the court while keeping his determination within.
In recent all-star games in Montreal and Toronto, Joseph competed without flair, but with the natural talent and fortitude of Joseph’s idol: His Airness. Joseph also sports the two-three on the back of his jersey, but models his game after Detroit Pistons’ sniper Richard Hamilton. If Joseph is given even the slightest room to pop up and shoot, he will do so before his defender can raise an arm.

“I’m going down there hoping to make some serious noise. I don’t want anyone thinking we’re soft up here in Canada. We have some great programs and some gifted players, it’s now our time to shine.”

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Shak Pryce magical shot earns Pine Ridge Pumas back-to-back OFSAA gold

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Pine Ridge Pumas 2019 OFSAA AAA Basketball Champiopns

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.

Who had the better OFSAA game winner?

 

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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.

 

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Canada’s Finest: Lindell Wigginton

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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.

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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.

 

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