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Canadian Khem Birch helps East squad to victory at 2011 Jordan Brand Classic

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Incoming Pittsburgh Panthers freshmen Khem Birch added yet another impressive game to his already stacked resume, helping the East squad to a 113-109 victory over the west squad at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic.

Birch finished the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds and a game-high 5 blocked shots. Birch came off the bench and was highly effective in his limited 16 minutes of playing time. He  provided his usual high energy, changed bunch of blocked shots and managed to get a majority his points off of offensive rebounds and scrappy plays.

North Carolina James McAdoo was unstoppable on his way to MVP honors and huge double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds and icing the game with 1.6 secs.

Kentucky Wildcats Anthony Davis was equally impressive 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace the West.

For Khem Birch this marks the end of an impressive high school career and busy couple of months with appearances at the 2011 McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand.

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Canada’s Rowan Barrett Jr. Dominates 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game

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Canadas Rowan Barrett Jr Dominates 2018 Mcdonalds All American Game

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)

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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.

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Rowan Barrett Jr. 37-Point Dunkthon Silences Overrated Chants

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Rowan Barrett Jr 37 Point Dunkthon Silences Overrated Chants Two Hand Dunk

Yes this video is ten minutes long. If you like raw footage and/or would like to get a glimpse into the future of Canadian Basketball then I highly recommend you watch this until the end. I can also guarantee there will be plenty of “Oohh’s & Aahh’s” and multiple rewind sessions.

Rowan Barrett Jr. has been simply destroying everything in sight of him and his Montverde Eagles Academy. With his senior season and his high school career winding down we thought there was really nothing left to prove, but somehow the overrated chants have managed to surface. This savage 37-point dunkthon is a reminder of what is to come next year at Duke and the NBA.

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15-Year Old Canadian Laeticia Amihere Throws Down Hard One-hander

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Laeticia Amihere One Hand Dunk

The game is changing across Canada…

In a basketball first, 15-year old Laeticia Amihere became the first Canadian high school basketball to dunk in a basketball game.
In over 15 years of covering Canadian basketball I can’t recall a Canadian female attempt a dunk, rather completing one with oomph in game. The dunk has the Internets buzzing with Amihere’s name already being tossed around as potential No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA.

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