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Ontario Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap

Posted on 02. Oct, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

After hearing that Ontario was starting a regional prep league which would allow newly created teams such as PHASE 1 Academy, Next Level, and Y.A.A.A.C.E Prep to join R.E.D.A in a season long schedule of games, we became immediately intrigued by what this could become?  Would it become an option for kids who flee south of the border to chase their hoop dreams?  Would the quality of basketball be high enough to attract division one and CIS coaches to come recruit their kids?  Will the league be sustainable economically? A lot of questions surround opening weekend of the prep league.  While day one didn't provide many answers, it was relatively entertaining.  

 

Here's a look at who stood out !!! 

 

Brian Rouse, R.E.D.A. (6-3, SG/SF, 2011)

Brian was clearly the best athlete in the gym on day one.   He had two spectacular plays at the rim that brought fans out of there seats.  While Phase 1 jumped out to an early lead, Brian sparked a R.E.D.A. run by getting to the basket at will and showing outstanding creativity and body control.  He also looks to have improved defensively as he was asked to guard two's at times and did a nice job moving laterally and not giving up middle penetration.  Brian still needs to improve his ball handling and jump shot to make a full time transition to the two.  In this setting, his athleticism and big game experience with Brehm Prep last season helped him to takeover.  

Kyle Shallow, PHASE 1 (6-5, PF/C, 2014)

While Kyle still has a long way to go in terms of improving his ball skills, I thought he showed flashes of what could be.  He plays hard, did a nice job on the offensive glass, did an adequate job rebounding his area defensively, and set hard screens.  He's undersized at the moment; which means he either has to grow or start adding elements to his offensive repertoire.  He's just a 2014 and with four years of training with Wayne Dawkins ahead of him, I like his chances.  

 

Jamal Price, Next Level (5-11,PG, 2011)

While he's more of a scoring combo than a true lead guard, Jamal went off in the first half of their game vs. New Creations.  He made 5 three's from all over the court and helped Next Level build an insurmountable lead.  He is very quick with the basketball and did a pretty good job pushing tempo and getting his squad out running.  He also put good pressure on the basketball when he decided to give effort on that end of the floor.  He needs to spend more time using his speed with the basketball to get by his defender and make plays in the paint.  That said he was the catalyst of a big win over New Creations out of Indiana.  

Chase Campbell, New Creations (6-2, SG, 2011)

Considering New Creations played right off the bus after arriving late all the way from Indiana, I was pretty darn impressed with Chase.  His jump shot is wet as he possesses a terrific release and great lift.  He made 4 three's in their loss to Next Level.  While I'd like to see him spend more time in the gaps, he did show flashes of being capable.   Defensively I'd like to see more effort staying in front of his man.  That said, he did do a good job in the passing lanes.  

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One Response to “Ontario Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap”

  1. Canadian Content – Toronto Update 04. Oct, 2010

    [...] Fouls for giving us the total rundown for this past weekend’s Ontario Prep Classic … Ontario Prep Classic – Day 1 Recap | Flagrant Fouls … Ontario Prep Classic – Day 2 Recap | Flagrant [...]

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