Findlay Prep guard Cory Joseph got his week as a McDonald’s All-American off to a smashing start Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
After, according to several sources, he impressed those in attendance on the defensive end during an afternoon practice session, Joseph won the boys’ 3-point competition Monday night, which was shown on ESPN.
Joseph, who Rivals.com ranks as the No. 7 recruit in the 2010 class, scored 20 points during the opening round to get into the finals, then was forced into an extra round following the finals, tied with North Carolina signee Reggie Bullock. Each scored 16 in his first attempt in the finals.
Then, Joseph caught fire.
He scored the majority of his points on the middle three racks, finishing with a competition-high 22 points.
It was the second consecutive year in which a Findlay product won an event during the skills competition portion of the week at the McDonald’s All-American location.
Avery Bradley, who just finished his freshman season at Texas, won the slam dunk competition last year.
Coincidentally, Texas is one of the five schools on Joseph’s final list of collegiate destinations, and the Toronto native is expected to make a decision soon after Findlay completes its run at the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational.
The other four schools on his list are — in no particular order — Minnesota, Villanova, UConn and UNLV.
Joseph, along with fellow Pilot and McDonald’s honoree Tristan Thompson, will head off to join the rest of the team in Baltimore for the ESPN tourney after taking part in Wednesday’s McDonald’s game.
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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