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Canucks @ The National Prep Showcase

Posted on 21. Nov, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

The National Prep Showcase had several Canadians on display this week at Division 3 Albertus Magnus College in  New Haven, Connecticut.  The tournament was run by NERR's recruiting guru, Adam Finkelstein, who did a tremendous job picking the matchups.  For the most part games were closely contested and played at a fast and furious pace.  College coaches filled the stands and almost all of North America's prominent Media outlets were in attendance.  Here's a look at the results and Canadian standouts. 



Friday, November 19th

Bridgton Academy 73 vs. Fork Union 72
Princeton Country Day 91 vs. St. Thomas More 87 (OT)
Hargrave Military Academy 86 vs. New Hampton 75
Brewster Academy 80 vs. Fishburne 55
South Kent 62 vs. La Lumiere 44
Notre Dame Prep 87 vs. Westwind Prep 81
St. Mark's 91 vs. Lee Academy74
Kiski Prep 92 vs. Winchendon 83

Saturday, November 20th

Bridgton Academy 73 vs. Fork Union Military Academy 72
St. Thomas More 87 vs. Princeton Day 91
New Hampton School 75 vs. Hargrave Military Academy 86
Brewster Academy 80 vs. Fishburne Military Academy 55
South Kent School 62 vs. La Lumiere School 44
Notre Dame Prep 87 vs. Westwind Prep 81
St. Mark’s School 91 vs. Lee Academy 74
Winchendon School 83 vs. Kiski School 92

Sunday, November 21st

Princeton Day 67 vs. Brewster Academy 89
Maine Central Institute 82 vs. Northfield Mount Hermon 71
Kiski School 67 vs. La Lumiere School 54
Alif Muhammad Nia School 90 vs. New Hampton School 80
Wilbraham & Monson  vs. Tilton School (NH)
St. Andrew’s School 53 vs. Blair Academy 57



Khem Birch, Notre Dame Prep (6’8” C)

The crowd was abuzz during his second game, as we broke the scoop that the top-rated Canadian in 2012 would attend the University of Pittsburgh after THIS season. Maybe all the attention was working against him, as he couldn’t find a consistent rhythm in his game against Westwind. He did convert one of several rejections on the defensive end into a one-handed power jam in transition, showing off his controlled aggression with the new muscle added this semester. In a tournament filled with incredible athleticism, Khem still stands out as an elite-level athlete that can really get out and run the floor, explode off the bounce, and intimidate the opposition. There are few with his innate ability to consistently alter or swat down incoming shots with authority.

Grandy Glaze, Notre Dame Prep (6'6" PF)

Grandy displayed what he always displays out on the floor.  An extremely high motor.  He also proved capable of being effective out of the high post.  He did a good job facing the basket and either finding Khem open for a deep post touch or driving to the basket and making a play on his own.  I thought him and Khem played great off each other and did a good job providing the rest of their teammates with a spark of energy defensively.  Only area I thought Grandy really struggled was rebounding his area.  He lost a few that he just has to have going forward. 

Keanau Post, Westwind (6’10” C)

Given all the tools he has displayed since joining the Phoenix-based prep school this fall, you can hardly resemble Keanau. Now in much healthier game shape, he got out and ran the floor, worked the pick and roll with his lightning quick point guard, and showed some early signs of an offensive game in the block. While he may not have the confidence in all aspects yet, there is a willingness to learn, making him intriguing to monitor as the season progresses.



Nikolas Stauskas, St. Mark’s (6’6” SF)

Nikolas had the top performance by any Canadian on Day 2.  He showed off his high IQ with his somewhat under-appreciated skill set. There aren’t many guards with a smoother looking outside shot, but his point guard mentality with the ball is even more fun to watch. He knew when to drive to the hole when it was the best option, sometimes throwing no-look passes right on the money for an easy score. Same goes for when to go hard to the rim. He has meshed very well alongside fellow 2012 studs Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarzcewski and might have been more impressive this weekend than at any other time we've seen him. 

Stefan Jankovic, Kiski Prep (6-9, F)

While it didn't go anyone's way on Kiski in the first half of game 1, Stefan had an extremely productive second half. He was aggressive, used his length to get shots off in the lane, and showed an improved ability to handle. Not sure why they don't use him more in the high-low, as his ability to shoot it and drive it would suck the defense and clear the lane for Sim Bhuillar to get deep post touches.   In game 2 he was even more impressive, showing off a brilliant crossover and dunk that he turned every head in the gym. 

Aaron Emmanuel, La Lumiere (6'1" PG)

Aaron has showed tremendous improvement since we last saw him in the summer.  His first step has become more explosive, his body is more cut, and his decision making was more precise.  He looks to be La Lumiere's on court vocal leader and has made the necessary improvements to be able to say without question that he's a division one player. 



Tanveer Bhullar, Kiski (7’2” C)

Starting both Bhullar brothers, it was a very disappointing team performance in the first half against a much smaller opponent in Winchendon (nobody over 6’6”). However, the team bounced back and made their big run in the second half using Tanveer as the sole post presence. Given the 15-year-old’s mesmerizing fundamentals, notably ballhandling and catching-turning-passing combinations, it made sense to increase his touches on each offensive set. The adjustments were made and helped Kiski to pull off the comeback win.



Kevin Zabo, St. Mark’s (6’2” PG)

With regular Jaymie Spears unable to play, Kevin stepped in to become the youngest starter at this year’s tournament. Equipped with excellent vision and the ability to thread the needle, he had St. Mark’s cruising out of the gates in game one, running to an early 23-8 lead. He also took pride in his aggressive on-the-ball defense.  Some turnovers and poor shot selection were excused considering this is just the beginning of his prep career. The seasoning he receives from this tournament and beyond will go far in developing into the high-major point guard he has been perceived to be.


Recruiting Notes 

Nikolas Stauskas claims offers from Butler, Michigan, Oregon State, Boston College, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame

Olivier Hanlan has had Northeastern, Rice, Boston College, Virginia, and Oregon show interest so far.  He's no longer the sleeper he had been last year.  

Stefan Jankovic picked up offers from both Penn State and Northwestern over the weekend.  He was offered by Seton Hall and Wake Forest last week. 












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