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
Canada’s Rowan Barrett Jr. Dominates 2018 McDonald’s 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)
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.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) March 29, 2018
Rowan Barrett Jr. 37-Point Dunkthon Silences Overrated Chants
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.
15-Year Old Canadian Laeticia Amihere Throws Down Hard One-hander
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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