This season’s starting five for boys basketball is an international affair with players from India, Serbia, the Cayman Islands and, of course, Toronto
Leon Alexander – Richardson Storm (Ajax)
Small Forward || 6-foot-3, 190 lbs. Team record: 49-5 Age: 17 Grade: 12 Academic avg.: 73 per cent Born: Cayman Islands Best game: To qualify for the provincial playoffs, scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and went 16 for 20 from the free throw line in a Durham Region win over Notre Dame of Ajax. Next year: Returning for a fifth year to Richardson. Skinny: Won the MVP award at three tournaments: Preston Memorial (Pickering), Guy Vetrie Invitational (Sault Ste Marie) and Notre Dame (Ajax). . . . Made the Durham Region all-star team last year. . . . All-star at the Mother Teresa Invitational. . . . School basketball MVP in grades 10 and 11. . . . Top scorer for his team in three of four games to win the Mother Teresa tournament (Toronto). NBA role model: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets 2009-10 averages Pts Reb Ast 18 6 4 Blk 2
Stefan Nastic – Thornhill Tigers (Thornhill)
Post/Centre || 6-foot-11, 225 lbs. Team record: 12-10 Age: 17 Grade: 12 Academic avg.: 87 per cent Born: Serbia Best game: Scored a team-high 30 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and had six blocked shots in a nine-point loss to Loyola (Oakville) at a Richmond Hill tournament. Next year: Attending Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Skinny: One of Canada’s premier big players. . . . Member of the Serbian national under-16 team in 2008 and invited to Serbian under-18 team training camp last year. . . . Also recruited by Duke and Maryland. . . . Thornhill basketball MVP. . . . All-star at George Harvey, Seneca and Richmond Hill tournaments. NBA role model: Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers 2009-10 averages Pts Reb Ast 26 11 3 Blk 4
St. Marguerite d’Youville Panthers (Brampton)
Small Forward || 6-foot-6, 193 lbs. Team record: 34-7 Age: 18 Grade: 12 Academic avg.: 88 per cent Born: India Best game: Scored 30 points and added 15 rebounds in a Peel Region league game, winning by 26 points, over rival St. Edmund Campion. Next year: Attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Skinny: MVP at the Sheridan Cup (Brampton) and Dunning Invitational (Ottawa). . . . Selected an all-star at the Ontario Catholic Classic (St. Catharines) and Southern Ontario Shootout (Hamilton). . . . Former school athlete of the year. . . . Member of his school leadership council that raised $10,000 for victims of the Haiti earthquake. . . . Top scorer in the league championship win over Campion. NBA role model: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers 2009-10 averages Pts Reb Ast 20 10 4 Blk 3
Martingrove Bears (Toronto)
Point Guard || 6-foot-3, 180 lbs. Team record: 34-9 Age: 19 Grade: 12 Academic avg.: 74 per cent Born: Toronto Best game: Scored 37 points in three quarters in his final high school league game — a 63-61 come-from-behind win over Jarvis for the Toronto District School Board Triple-A title. Next year: Likely going to the NCAA and being recruited by Maine, St. Bonaventure, Duquesne and Santa Clara. Skinny: His mother is Filipino, so he played for the Philippines in the FIBA Asia under-18 tournament in Iran in 2008. . . . Started playing basketball at age 10. . . . Big factor in the Bears winning an Ontario Triple-A gold medal. . . . Former athlete of the year at Bloorlea Middle School. . . . Scored 25 or more points in 10 games this year. . . . All-star at the Mark Walton (Hamilton) and Vaughan Road (Toronto) tournaments. NBA role model: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2009-10 averages Pts Reb Ast 23 4 7 Blk 2
Oakwood Barons (Toronto)
Shooting Guard || 6-foot-3, 195 lbs. Team record: 39-4 Age: 17 Grade: 12 Academic avg.: 91 per cent Born: Toronto Best game: Season-high 45 points, seven assists and nine rebounds but still lost 67-66 to Eastern Commerce in the Toronto District School Board South region final. Next year: Recruited by a number of NCAA schools but leaning to either Santa Clara, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky or Butler. Skinny: Five consecutive three-point baskets, late in the fourth quarter, in a 47-34 Ontario Quad-A gold medal win over St. Thomas More of Hamilton; member of the Ontario under-17 basketball team last year. . . . Trying out this summer for the national under-18 team. . . . Chosen MVP at the Heinbuch Classic in Waterloo, Silver Fox and Southern Ontario Shootout Invitational, both in Hamilton. . . . All-star at the Guy Vetrie (Sault Ste. Marie) and St. Michael’s (Toronto) tournaments. NBA role model: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2009-10 averages Pts Reb Ast 23 11 9 Blk 3
“Tremendously athletic and a huge contribution to our team success”
Coach Mike McFetters
“Incredibly dominant player and never coached anyone of his ability and work ethic.” Coach Doug Hawkins
“Unselfish, great leader with best combination of basketball skills and grades.” Coach Carlo Zoffranieri
“The real deal and the best perimeter shooter I’ve ever coached.”
Coach Shawn Gray
“A true leader who inspires those around him to be better.”
Coach Anthony Miller
Players were chosen based on performances this season for their school teams. Selections were done following consultations with high school, college and university coaches as well as game officials and fans.
George Daniel, Villanova George Mason, St. Michael’s Duane Notice, St. Michael’s Cooper Rigg, Ridley Chris Tugman, Upper Canada
Justin Edwards, Anderson MiKyle McIntosh, Pickering Natiel McKenzie, Pickering Adam Plumber, Pine Ridge Aaron Redpath, Richardson
Jordan Catterall, Holy Trinity Michel Clark, Nelson Mike L’Africain, Loyola Adam Presutti, Loyola Mike Wright, Assumption
Chris Anderson, Mount Carmel Tychon Carter, Campion Jordan Clennon, Campion Jamal Jones, Mississauga Joseph Ojelade, Central Peel
Hassan Abdullahi, Pope John Paul Seth Evershed, Michael Power/ St. Joseph Raheem Isaac, Father Henry Carr Ritchie Kanza, Mother Teresa Shane Reader, Father Henry Carr
Anthony Lyle-Wade, Borden Jason Helwig, Thomson Jahlove Lynch, Woburn Daniel Mullings, Laurier Kevon Parchment, West Hill
Justin Bakuteka, Martingrove Fidel Benjamin, George Harvey Theilus Chambers, Vaughan Road Steve Manjlovic, Martingrove Scott Morrison, Richview
Yusuf Ali, Fleming Brandon Chase, Georges Vanier Andi Hasaj, Newtonbrook Anthony Ottley, Emery Tylor Wilson, Westview
Aaron Best, Eastern Commerce Kevin Blake, Oakwood Cameron Robertson, Eastern Commerce Erico Sassa, College Francais Aaron Shadrach, Jarvis
Brandon Bos, Markham James Choi, Vaughan Jude Gouveia, Williams Kevin Pangos, Denison Cy Richard Samuels, Vaughan
Quebec Basketball sweeps 2019 Canadian U15 & U17 National Championships
Quebec basketball made a loud statement by sweeping all four levels of the 2019 Canadian National basketball championships – claiming gold both at the U15 and U17 boys and girls annual provincial tournament.
The boys made a clean sweep of Ontario to take home gold at both the 2019 U15 and U17 boy’s Canadian national championships in Fredericton, New Brunswick. While across the country at Ken and Kathy Shields court in Victoria, British Columbia the U15 ladies knocked-off Ontario 72-55 and the U17 ladies completed the sweep with a 55-45 win over Alberta. Quebec becomes the first province to sweep all four championships since Ontario claimed supremacy in 2011.
Quebec’s first U17 boys title since 2010
Quebec’s silky smooth guard Bennedict Mathurin was the star of the U17 tournament pouring a game-high 23 points to help La Belle Province defeat their rivals 84-77 to claim their third-ever U17 gold medal at Nationals and their first since they won back-to-back in 2010 and 2008. Mathurin the tournament’s top scorer (23 PPG) added 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
Aurel Ntahindurwa scored a game-high 25 points, pulled down 7 rebounds and added 3 assists to lead Quebec to a 88-78 win over Ontario in the U15 boys championship game. Freud-Ansley St-Felix took-home MVP honors by showcasing his all-around game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists.
Dumont twin brothers also impacted the game – both nearly reaching double-doubles Jordann with 12 points and 8 rebounds and Raphael contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Thomas Ndong collected a game-high 11 rebounds added 7 points and scored Christian Payawal finished as the tournaments top thief racking 8 first-half steals alongside his 7 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Cassandra Prosper was named MVP of the U15 girls championships and had the game of the tournament — scoring 24 points and grabbing a jaw-dropping 18 rebounds in the finals.
The U17 Quebec ladies completed the rare clean sweep fighting off a tough Alberta squad. Kiandra Browne was named MVP capping a great tournament with 7 points and 9 nine rebounds.
2019 U17 Boys MVP & First Team All-Stars
Bennedict Mathurin – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Mason Kraus – Manitoba
Darius DeAverio – Ontario
Olivier-Maxence Prosper – Quebec
Norman Burry – New Brunswick
2019 U17 Boys Second-Team All-Stars
Owen Weaver – Alberta
Dominic Parolin – British Columbia
Kyle Duke – Ontario
Enoch Kalambay – Quebec
Malcom Christie -New Brunswick
2019 U15 Boys MVP & First Team All-Stars
Freud-Ansley St-Felix – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Xavier Spencer – Alberta
Braeden Macvicar – Nova Scotia
Jahsemar Olembe – Ontario
Jaiden Cole – Ontario
2019 U15 Boys Second-Team All-Stars
Bubu Benjamin – Alberta
RavJeet Randhawa – British Columbia
Lorence De La Cruz -Manitoba
Thomas Ndong – Quebec
Ben Power – New Brunswick
2019 U17 Girls MVP & First Team All-Stars
Kiandra Browne – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Deja Lee – British Columbia
Louella Allana – Quebec
Mimi Sigue – Alberta
Tea Demong – Alberta
Ornella Niankan – Quebec
2019 U17 Girls Second-Team All-Stars
Samantha Russell- Nova Scotia
Jayme Foreman – Ontario
Jessica Clarke – British Columbia
Kennedy Hollinger – Saskatchewan
Yvonne Ejim – Alberta
2019 U15 Girls MVP & First Team All-Stars
Cassandra Prosper – Quebec – Most Valuable Player
Christine Geraldo – Quebec
Delaney Gibb – Alberta
Cheyenne Rowe – Ontario
Sophie-Anne Bouffard – Quebec
Lemyah Hylton – Ontario
2019 U15 Girls Second-Team All-Stars
Taija Sta Maria – Ontario
Jessica Keripe – New Brunswick
Julia Tuchscherer – British Columbia
Treyah Paquette – Manitoba
Lauren Hainstock – Nova Scotia
14-year-old Canadian phenom Elijah Fisher destroys defender
There is absolutely no doubt — Elijah Fisher is going to be the most after-sought Canadian basketball prospect ever!
Andrew Wiggins, RJ Barrett, Jamal Murray please make room for rising star Elijah Fisher.
The 14-year old phenom added to his bag of bodies — snatching yet another helpless soul in what will go down as one of his most impressive dunks yet.
Showcasing his skills in front of a copious amount of NBA scouts at the 2019 All-Canadian Boys Futures Game — the 6’5″ guard dropped a vicious sledgehammer all-over his defender.
Fisher took home MVP honors with 27 points to lead Team Black to a 126-104 victory over Team Gray.
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