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
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.
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.
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