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Canadian Mailbag #2 - Ask Us Anything !!!

Posted on 27. Sep, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

 

A lot of you have been reaching out to us via twitter, facebook, and email over the past few weeks. As a result we've started a new column called CANADIAN MAILBAG to answer all of your questions. Every two weeks we'll pick 10 questions that you guys send in and answer them to the best of our abilities. We've been searching for ways to get our readership more involved with the site and felt this would be a great place to start.

 

CANADIAN MAILBAG #1 - As Us Anything !!!

 

Which college freshman will have the biggest impact?- Abdoul, Ottawa

Lots of good options but to me it's Cory Joseph.  Not only is he lightning quick, a terrific shooter, and a fantastic defensive player, but the kid is a flat out winner.  He's been the last one standing in 4 straight high school seasons.  Two National High School Invitational Championships with Findlay Prep and two OFSAAA championships with Pickering.  The backourt is a tad crowded with J'Covan Brown, Jai Lucas, Varez Ward, and Dogus Balbay, but Cory has both the tangibles and intangibles to star immediately for the Horns. 

Who do you think is the most underrated player for 2012 class? Daniel, Toronto

In last weeks mailbag I discussed why I felt Justin Shaver was the most underrated player in the Canadian class of 2011.   To be honest Justin was a relatively easy choice.  In 2012 the choice isn't quite as easy.  There are so many great players in the class that there are quite a few being overlooked.  That said, the guy I'm going to go with is shooting guard Kevin Blake.  Kevin is a tremendous athlete and competitor who has enormous upside.  While he needs to upgrade his ball skills, his ability to lock people up, his length, and his athleticism make him a guy who deserves more shine.  

Which team has the best backcourt in Canada? Jennings, Scarborough

The season hasn't started yet so its hard to make a definitive statement, but St. Michael's College in Toronto has a tandem which could be really special.  The marquee guy is Duane Notice; the #1 Canadian prospect in the class of 2013.  He's a 6-3 combo who's superb in transition and going to the rim,.  His outside jump shot is coming around which should make him the most complete scorer in Ontario.  Duane's joined by 2014 point guard Malcolm Duvivier.  Malcolm is a tenacious on ball defender who's capable of pressuring opposing point guards into a variety of mistakes.  He can also knock down open shots and handle the basketball.  If he develops the ability to break his defender down off the bounce, he could become really, really good.  They don't have much inside help, so St.Mike's will be leaning on this backcourt to produce points in the paint and chip in on the glass.  

I notice not a lot of 2011's have committed yet?  Are we about to see that change? - Tim, Buffalo

As of today, 5 of the top 10 Canadians have made commitments.  Myck Kabongo will join Cory and Tristan in Texas, Kyle Wiltjer will round out a ridiculous class headed to Kentucky, Grandy Glaze will follow the bright lights to UNLV, Stefan Cvrkalj commited to Lehigh two weeks ago, and Dylan Ennis is headed to Rice.  Still waiting to hear from Kevin Pangos, Kevin Thomas, Braeden Anderson, David Wagner,  and Kemmy Osse.  

Is Sim Bhullar a lock for West Virginia? - David R., Morgantown

 

Not at all.  He's visited West Virginia and Pittsburgh and plans to get out to Georgetown in October.  Those three schools are the most involved right now but he's still wide open. 

 

 

Who are the other Canadian guys that play with Sim and Tanveer at their prep school? - David R., Morgantown

Brandon Bos (6-1, 2011)

Sim Bhullar (7-4, 2012)

Stefan Jankovic (6-9, 2012)

Andrew Von Camp (6-9, 2012)

Tanveer Bhullar (7-2, 2013)

Xavier Kosolofsky (6-3, 2013)

I saw on Twitter that you went to check out Phase 1 Academy workout.  What were your impressions?  Will they be any good? 

I did indeed.  The thing that stood out to me was the quality of individual instruction they were getting.  Wayne Dawkins is well known as being terrific at developing talent and in the few hours I spent with them at Vaughn Road, there is no questions the kids were better basketball players when I left than they were when I got there.  They have a core of Josh Bell (2013), Adem Said (2011), Raushan Arthur (2012), and shot blocker Kyle Shallow (2014).  They've got a lot of work to do in order to get this unit ready to battle the other teams in the newly formed prep league, but I came away really impressed with the effort. 

You put out a TOP 5 for the class of 2014 last week.  Who were the final cuts? Jasmine, Toronto

First of all I wouldn't call them cuts.  Most of Canada's class of 2014 remains in the country so we should have a tremendous opportunity to evaluate them more thoroughly this winter.  That said since you are from Toronto let me give you a few local names to check out.  Mother Theresa has a 6-7 big man named Raynold Kasongo, Father Henry Carr has a 2/3 named Lincoln Samuels, Oakwood has a kid named Tyrell Green, Holy Trinity has a scorer named Anthony Pate, and Pope John Paul has Kemar Alleyne.  All five of these young men were considered and all five possess tremendous upside. 

Do you think Andrew Wiggins will be eligible to play for Vaughn ? Coach T, Toronto

I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on the transfer rules when I'm not.  That said I sure hope he's eligible because it would be great for basketball in our province.  Andrew would be a matchup problem for every team he faces, and should combine with Henry Tan to field a pretty darn good squad at Vaughn. 

Is there a particular game or matchup you are excited for this season?  James, Alberta

Yes.  November 10 I'll be at Kiski Prep to see them square off vs. Lee Academy out of Maine.  Lee Academy has two terrific Canadians who play for them in Tyler Scott and Rodell Wigginton.  Wigginton is currently the #2 small forward in the class of 2012, while Kiski's Stefan Jankovic sits at #3.  This game will carry a lot of weight in our evaluation of these two terrific prospects. 

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