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Humber College Classic Standout Players

Posted on 23. Nov, 2009 by Tariq Sbiet in High School, Tournaments

A chunk of Canada’s top prospects (100 +) migrated to the United States in favor of Prep schools this past summer. This “exodus” has done two things. It’s decreased the overall competition of Canadian high school hoops, OR (if your glass is half full) it’s given the opportunity for emerging prospects to step into the limelight and showcase their talent.

Over the past weekend, the Humber College Classic was a testament to these budding prospects as this fine tournament gathered some of the city’s top squads to duke it out for GTA (Greater Toronto Area) basketball prominence.

A big thanks to James DePoe (tournament convener) and the rest of the Humber staff for putting on a great show, making sure things ran smoothly, and allowing us to come along for the ride !!!

The following are the tournament results and top performers:

Championship Semi-Finals: Martingrove 59 (Matthew Wright 26) - St. Mike’s 57 (Duane Notice 26)
Campion 56 (Jayden McDonald 19) - Vaughan 52 (Motti Ali 12)
Consolation Championship: Emery 80 (Anthony Ottley- 28) Pope John Paul 66 (Hassan Abdullahi- 26)
Bronze: St. Mike’s 60 (George Mason- 25) Vaughan 53 (Roshane Roberts- 14)
Championship: Campion 69 (Jordan Clennon- 30) Martingrove 57 (Matthew Wright- 22)


MVP - Jordan Clennon, Campion (26.3 ppg)
Defensive MVP - Tychon Carter, Campion

All-Star - Matthew Wright, Martingrove (24.6 ppg)
All-Star - Jayden McDonald, Campion (18.3 ppg)
All-Star - George Mason, St. Mike’s (20.3 ppg - 16 3ptm)
All-Star - Duane Notice, St. Mike’s (21.3 ppg)
All-Star - Anthony Ottley, Emery (27.3 ppg)

***Players are classified assuming they return for fifth year in Canada OR play prep***

Matthew Wright | 6-3 G | Martingrove | 2010

Wright found his “mojo” this weekend after a mediocre shooting performance at the Father Henry Carr Early Bird Classic. He has a great shooting stroke and can score from anywhere on the floor. His combination of length and his quick first step allow him to beat defenders to either create for teammates or finish gracefully inside. Matthew is very poised and rarely takes a bad shot. He is arguably Canada’s top prospect in 2010; look for him to continue working on his handles and take over as the PG by seasons end. Wright already has interest from several programs including: Maine, Western Carolina, Brown, UNC-Wilmington, IUPUI, among others.

Steven Manoljivoc | 6-5 PG | Martingrove | 2010

Although listed as Martingrove’s PG at 6’5, Manoljivoc shares the lead guard duties with Wright. He is capable of hitting threes with consistency but needs to improve his handles to excel at the next level. He has shown signs of decisive penetration, but will need to be more aggressive offensively as he has the capabilities to beat defenders with his size and length. Although not yet a true point guard, he does a good job of protecting the ball, rarely turning it over. Defensively, Steven causes havoc against smaller guards.

Jordan Clennon | 6-0 PG | Campion | 2010
You don’t want to leave this guy open, not even for a split second. Clennon has a quick release which he doesn’t hesitate to trigger, especially from deep. His speed and surprising athleticism help him get into the cracks of the defense for his patented floater. Clennon is scary in the open court, although he tends get reckless at times. Defensively, he showed promise as he contained a taller Matthew Wright in the final quarter of the championship game. He will definitely need to bulk up his thin frame before next year, as it could limit his effectiveness at the college level.

Jayden McDonald | 6-0 PG | Campion | 2010
A defensive minded guard with no shortage of offensive skills. McDonald is a lockdown perimeter defender that makes up for his lack of height with lanky arms and quick feet. He’s capable of picking up his man and shadow him the length of the floor. On offense, he can break down defenders and score, but needs to coral his game a little as he occasionally forces up bad shots. Jayden will earn minutes in college solely for his defense; a very striking asset.

Duane Notice | 6-3 PG/SG | St Mike’s | 2013

The undoubted leader of his varsity team at the youthful age of 15. Notice is physically developed beyond his years making him very strong- this translates into frequent visits to the free throw line. His ability to absorb contact and finish strong at his age is beyond me. Duane can do it all (shoot, pass, dribble, penetrate and defend) and as he continues to mature, his shot selection will improve along with the rest of these aspects. To top it off, Mr. Notice was clutch in his opening game against Pope, scoring a late game baseline floater to seal the deal. He is legitimately the top prospect in the class of 2013. It would be interesting to see where he would rank among American players.

George Mason | 6’1 SG | St. Mike’s | 2010
A sharpshooter with a quick trigger that can spread the floor and make defenses reluctant to play zone. Mason averaged 20.3ppg while leading the tournament in 3-point shooting with 16 in 3 games!

Dinjyl Walker | 6’0 PG | Vaughan | 2012
Walker has really enhanced his guard game since last season. He is now able to handle pressure and orchestrate the offense. However, he would benefit from further development in his ball handling as it’s not yet where it needs to be. Dinjyl is a good scorer from mid-range and is also a 3-point threat. If he adds more speed to his game, Walker could become a special player.

Anthony Ottley | 6-5 SG | Emery | 2010
Has good size for his position and has developed some nice offensive moves over the past year which has made him a serious threat. Ottley led the tournament in scoring, averaging 27.3 ppg. The exciting part about this is that he did it quite passively, by picking his spots and playing within his team’s system. AO has all the makings of a prototypical dominant wing with a little less bounce. If Ottley asserts himself and becomes a tad less unselfish throughout the season, he will be posting some major numbers and attracting more attention come June.

Hassan Abdullahi | 6-2 G | Pope John Paul II | 2012
Hassan had a solid outing for Pope John Paul, picking up the slack for an injured Negus Webster-Chan (top prospect in 2012 class). He is a quick leaper with good length, making him an above average rebounder. Abdullahi is usually overlooked due to his wiry body, but earned his respect this weekend.

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