Washington, D.C – (BasketballBuzz) – The Nike Global Challenge has proved itself as valuable stop for some the Top prospects to showcase their skills in front of Global Audience. Canada’s top prospects have used the platform to elevate their game and eventually making their way to NBA. Names like Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Trey Lyles, have come and gone thought the Global Challenge, which features a total of 8-teams, four international teams (Canada, Brazil, France, Pan-Africa) and four USA (West, MidWest, South, East.)
Canada’s top prospects have represented Canada well at the event and they are coming off a hard-fought 100-86 loss at the hands of USA MidWest in the 2012 Championship game. Furthermore, Canadians have had a appetite for snagging MVP honors, since its start in 2007 five Canadians have been named International MVP, with Andrew Wiggins taking the crown a twice. Additional twelve Canadians have also craved their names on the International All-Tournament Team.
The 2013 roster is highlighted by two returnees from last year’s roster, in Ottawa area natives Marial Shayok, and Zevin Zabo. Canadian Junior National Team Member Chris Egi and 2013 Jordan Brand International game MVP Jamal Murray will also look to make a splash at this years event.
2013 Canada Global Challenge Roster
Kevin Zabo – (6’2, Gatineau, Quebec)
Jamal Murray – (6’4, Kitchener, Ontario)
Jalen Poyser – (6’4, Brampton, Ontario)
Marial Shayok – (6’6, Ottawa, Ontario)
Montaque Caeser-Gill – (6’6, Vaughan, Ontario)
Dillon Brooks – (6’6, Mississauga, Ontario)
Tyrell Bellot-Green – (6’6, Mississauga, Ontario)
Chris Egi – (6’8, Markham, Ontario)
Jabari Craig – (6’11, Scarborough, Ontario)
Link Kabadyundi – (7’1, Montreal, Quebec
Tony McIntyre – (CIA Bounce)
Roy Rana – (Ryerson University)
Vidal Massiah – (Northern Kings)
Past Canadians Who Won International MVP at the Global Challenge
Tristan Thompson (International MVP)
Khem Birch (International MVP)
Andrew Wiggins (International MVP)
Andrew Wiggins & Trey Lyles (International MVP)
Past Canadians Been Selected To The International All-Tournament Team at the Global Challenge
Tristan Thompson (MVP)
Khem Birch (MVP)
Andrew Wiggins (MVP)
Andrew Wiggins (Co-MVP)
Trey Lyles (Co-MVP)
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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