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Complete list of ’09-10 Toronto Regional High School Basketball Boys All-Stars

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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

Manvinder Sahota
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

Matthew Wright
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

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Julian Clarke
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

REGIONAL ALL-STARS

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.

CISAA
George Daniel, Villanova George Mason, St. Michael’s Duane Notice, St. Michael’s Cooper Rigg, Ridley Chris Tugman, Upper Canada

DURHAM REGION
Justin Edwards, Anderson MiKyle McIntosh, Pickering Natiel McKenzie, Pickering Adam Plumber, Pine Ridge Aaron Redpath, Richardson

HALTON REGION
Jordan Catterall, Holy Trinity Michel Clark, Nelson Mike L’Africain, Loyola Adam Presutti, Loyola Mike Wright, Assumption

PEEL REGION
Chris Anderson, Mount Carmel Tychon Carter, Campion Jordan Clennon, Campion Jamal Jones, Mississauga Joseph Ojelade, Central Peel

TDCAA
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

TORONTO (EAST)
Anthony Lyle-Wade, Borden Jason Helwig, Thomson Jahlove Lynch, Woburn Daniel Mullings, Laurier Kevon Parchment, West Hill

TORONTO (WEST)
Justin Bakuteka, Martingrove Fidel Benjamin, George Harvey Theilus Chambers, Vaughan Road Steve Manjlovic, Martingrove Scott Morrison, Richview

TORONTO (NORTH)
Yusuf Ali, Fleming Brandon Chase, Georges Vanier Andi Hasaj, Newtonbrook Anthony Ottley, Emery Tylor Wilson, Westview

TORONTO (SOUTH)
Aaron Best, Eastern Commerce Kevin Blake, Oakwood Cameron Robertson, Eastern Commerce Erico Sassa, College Francais Aaron Shadrach, Jarvis

YORK REGION
Brandon Bos, Markham James Choi, Vaughan Jude Gouveia, Williams Kevin Pangos, Denison Cy Richard Samuels, Vaughan

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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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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.

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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Cliche put to rest – Canada’s Orangeville Prep develop two lottery NBA players

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Basketball… So many thoughts come to one’s mind after hearing that noun. The game has made us judge, argue, hate and even fight. Yet we still love this game and wouldn’t change it for the world. Yes there are cons, but the pros outweighs the cons by far. The game of basketball has turned nightmares to fairytales for many! It has helped people put racial tension aside, it’s brought life and hope to millions of families and overall it has impacted the world in a fascinating fashion. Since its existence in 1891 it seems as though the game has never seized to keep growing. From a sport that was just known in North America for most of the 20th century, Basketball is now ranked as the third most popular sport in the world trailing only cricket and soccer.

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1992 USA Gold Medal Olympic Team – The “Dream Team”

The number of youth playing basketball worldwide has seen some record breaking numbers the past few decades; it’s fair to say that most of these kids have one common dream – to play in the most popular basketball league in the world the ‘National Basketball Association’. Many may ask when did making it to the NBA become such a world-wide dream? It happened in the summer of 1992, the first year that the Olympic committee allowed active NBA players to part-take in the America basketball team.

This team would go on to be known as the ‘Dream Team’ and to many sports writers the greatest team in all of sports. The Dream Team featured NBA legends such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and many other NBA greats. They won by an average of 44 points. But their greatest accomplishment was not destroying teams and winning the gold. It was showcasing the essence of pure basketball talent and the NBA. Making it the first time for practically all international countries to see what the NBA was and is all about. Many great international players such as Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and many others credit the Dream Team for allowing the NBA to become more international.

Today the NBA has over 80 international players from over 40 countries. This has made in sort for more and more high schools and prep schools around the world to construct great basketball programs for their schools. Leaving plenty high schoolers with the dream of making it to make the NBA. Despite high school student’s 0.3% chances of fulfilling their childhood basketball dreams High schools and prep schools have still done a phenomenal job in building amazing basketball programs world-wide. When people think of great high school and prep school basketball programs there are few teams that come to mind right away. Such as Oak Hill Academy who’s produced 27 NBA players, DeWitt Clinton who produced 19 NBA players, Dematha Catholic who’s produced 14, Laurinburg Institute 12. The list goes on but these four notable high schools and prep schools have developed the most NBA players. That is not to say that there aren’t many other great basketball programs. However, there has been a cliché amongst the youth that only schools in America can develop NBA players.

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That cliché was recently put to rest after two players who came out of Canada’s Orangeville Prep got selected in the 2016 NBA Draft! Kitchener, Ontario’s own Jamal Murray who was picked at #7 by the Denver Nuggets and Sudanese/Australian and adopted Canadian Thon Makur who was picked at #10 by the Milwaukee Bucks. Orangeville District Secondary School’s mission is “to provide exceptional educational opportunities as well as state of the art basketball facility and development for high school student athletes looking to make their passion for basketball a reality at the next level.” They’ve done a tremendous job of that and should be proud.

BasketballBuzz took the time to interview both Murray and Makur head coach at Orangeville Prep Larry Blunt who recently coached the Oshawa Power in the NBL Canada and who coached at the NCAA level for eight years.

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Orangeville Prep Head Coach Larry Blunt

BB: Coach can you tell us your thoughts on seeing two of your old boys Murray & Makur get drafted to the NBA?

LB: I think it’s exciting when you get an opportunity to see things work out for the boys. This gives us the opportunity to hopefully replicate it

BB : You seen the two come in as boys and transformed into men, how has that process been like?

LB: That process has been great. I think we can see it especially with Thon in the way he transformed his body. And with both of them you can see great transition they made emotionally and every other part of their game.

BB: How have you managed to keep your team so relevant with all the powerhouse teams you guys play in the states?

LB: Our guys play with a chip on their shoulders. Knowing that they need to go get the respect from their peers. We’ve been getting great feedbacks especially the last two years with Makur & Murray success. We touched success at not only the NBA but also the division 1 level which has been great.

BB : What has been the toughest challenge for your boys?

LB: Everything has been tough. Nothing is given here, I think the getting to practice at 3 or 4 then having to go to class has prepared them well. No favour is giving, kids have to fight, they do not have it easy and had to work for everything they had.

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Thon Maker & Jamal Murray – Orangeville Prep

BB: What can we expect from Murray and Makur in the NBA?

LB: I think both of their game will translate well into the NBA. Especially with the new NBA, Thon can take advantage of the space with his shots. Especially with the new rule to get your hands off guys. Jamal Murray is a traditional point guard. I don’t think the world seen Jamal Murray in the global games and Nike tournaments where he ran a team. I think that is a skill set that the world will see. They also both possess a great work ethic.

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