Rocking the “6” for the six, Canada’s own Rowan Barrett Jr. continued his assault towards the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft with dominant 26-point performance at the 41st Annual McDonald’s All-American game inside Philips Arena, Atlanta.
RJ Barrett’s (Mississauga,ON) 26 points on 10-of-14 shooting came up just short as the West All-Stars defeated Barrett’s East squad in close 131-128 game that featured a bevy of future NBA lottery picks. North Carolina Tar Heels Nassir Little took home MVP honors, scoring a game-high 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting.
Barrett’s 26 points, 3 rebounds in 23 minutes is the most points ever scored by a Canadian at the McDonald’s All-Star Game and was just five points short of the all-time scoring record held my Jonathan Bender who poured in 31 points in 1999. Michael Jordan previously held the record with 30 points in 1980. For comparisons purposes, Andrew Wiggins (Minnesotta Timberwolves) scored 19 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals in the 2013 Game in Chicago.
The Duke commit opened the game with a thunderous one-hand dunk and never looked back on his way to 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first-half, including Barrett’s revelation on how his father used to prepare him for this particular moment – practicing his half-time interview by speaking to a fork in front of family and friends.
The McDonalds All-American Game returned to Atlanta for the first time since it hosted the Games in 1992 and 1983 and featured a half-fime performance by Atlanta native Ludacris. Also courtside to take the next crop of superstars was Quavo part of the dynamic Migos group. Chicago hosted the event for seven (7) straight years (2010-2017)
For Barrett the action continues as he looks to wrap up his illustrious high school career with a championship at the 10th annual GEICO High School Nationals. The undefeated and No. 1 ranked Montverde Academy Eagles will look to make it four national titles in the last six years.
Barrett Jr. will showcase his skills at two more All-star games, notably the Jordan Brand game (April 7th, 2018) and the newly announced Signature All-Canadian All-Star Game (April 23rd, 2018) in his hometown of Mississauga.
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.
Patterson, Moncrieffe, Miller headline 2019 Biosteel All-Canadian Game
The names of the 24 players for the 2019 Biosteel All-Canadian Game were announced during half-time of the Toronto Raptors game versus the visiting Houston Rockets.
Now in it’s fifth installment, this year roster is loaded with talent from coast-to-coast.
Headlined by class of 2020 studs, Addison Patterson, Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe alongside versatile guard Emanuel Miller and various other household Canadian high school basketball prospects, this year’s edition is sure to once again demonstrate the incredible depth Canadian basketball has to offer.
A much-need addition to this years festivities will be the debut of the long awaited women’s all-star game, showcasing the top 24 lady ballers.
As per previous years, Ontario continues to occupy a large number of the spots with 16 out the 24 players hailing from Canada’s most populous province/state.
Quebec boasts last years MVP in Luguentz Dort (Arizona State) and has been granted three spots — highlighted by Tyrese Samuels a Seton Hall Pirates commit.
British Columbia also occupies three spots and Alberta rounds the numbers with two.
Notably missing is representation from the maritime provinces, as no names were selected from Nova Scotia, a notorious and consistently slept-on hotbed for Canadian basketball.
As with any all-star game, the selection pool easily outnumbers the limited spots. Nevertheless, if Canada Basketball has reached the point of cutting NBA players, I’m sure most upcoming young Canadian basketball prospects can understand the dynamics and state of affairs surrounding what was a much needed, and has quickly become a national basketball celebration.
It all goes down on Sunday March 31st, 2019 inside the Toronto Varsity Blues Goldring Centre.
|First Name||Last Name||Province||School||Class||Commitment|
|Miguel||Tomley||British Columbia||Rise Prep||2019||N/A|
|Jevonnie||Scott||Ontario||Orangeville Prep||2019||South Plains Texans/NJCAA|
|Tyrese||Samuel||Quebec||Orangeville Prep||2019||Seton Hall Pirates|
|Luka||Sakota||Ontario||Kings Christian College||2019||Harvard Crimson Tide|
|Victor||Radocaj||British Columbia||Thornlea SS Prep||2020||N/A|
|Sabry||Philip||Alberta||TRC Academy||2019||San Diego State Aztecs|
|Addison||Patterson||Ontario||Bella Vista Prep||2020||N/A|
|Nicholas||Ongenda||Ontario||Southwest Christian||2019||Western Kentucky Hilltoppers|
|Jahcobi||Neath||Ontario||Crestwood Prep||2019||Wake Forest Demon Deacons|
|Emanuel||Miller||Ontario||Golden State Prep||2019||Virginia Tech Hookies|
|Cashius||McNeilly||Ontario||Thornlea SS Prep||2020||N/A|
|Ben||Krikke||Alberta||Jasper Place HS||2020||N/A|
|Sammy||Hunter||British Columbia||BC Christian Academy||2019||Ole Miss Rebels|
|Josh||Hemmings||Ontario||The Lawrenceville School||2020||N/A|
|Joel||Brown||Ontario||Brewster Academy||2019||California Bears|
|Jaden||Bediako||Ontario||Ridley College||2019||Santa Clara Broncos|
|Keeshawn||Barthelemy||Quebec||Thornlea SS Prep||2020||NA|
|Keon||Ambrose-Hylton||Ontario||Andrew Osborne HS||2020||N/A|
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