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Early Bird @ FHC: Day 1 Recap

Posted on 05. Nov, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments


It was an exciting first day at the Father Henry Carr Early Bird.  We got a chance to see three impressive point guard prospects, some seniors we may have been sleeping on, and two 2014's who are way ahead of the curve.  




1 - MT 67 (Adika Peter-McNeilly 13), Silverthorn 58 (Garry Dunlop 23)
2 - FHC 53 (Richard Audu 16), Richview 49 (Scott Morrison 13)
3 - Eastern 94 (James Sylvester & Tryrone Ariri, 14), MT 58 (Ritchie Kanza, 13)
4 - Richview 52 (Michael Mclea, 15), Stephen Lewis 49 (Nicholas Madray, 21)
5 - Eastern 89 (James Sylvester, 18), Silverthorn 54 (Garry Dunlop, 15)
6 - FHC 89 (Tevin Messam, 14), Stephen Lewis 36 (Nicholas Madray, 15)




Standout Prospects


Denis Ankrah, Silverthorn (6-5, PF)

In game one, Denis showed he was a terrific athlete.  He blocked shots, rebounded the basketball on both ends of the floor, did a great job running in transition, and showed the ability to finish at the rim.  He's a really high level offensive rebounder due to the explosiveness and quickness in his leaps.  He doesn't have much in terms of low post moves, and as much energy as he brought in their game vs. MT, it just wasn't there vs. Eastern.  


Scott Morrison, Richview (6-0, PG)

Scott was extremely impressive on day one.  He has tremendous lower body strength and physically, he's CIS ready.  He's a tremendous shooter, can finish at the rim, and plays extremely hard.  We'd like to see him act as more of a facilitator and think he could have done a better job getting Richview's big man TJ Rutty some low post touches.  He's also got to work hard on improving his lateral quickness, as he allowed Kenrick Lewis to spend too much time in the paint.  That said, I thought Scott was extremely effective and was the major reason Richview stayed close with Carr and beat Stephen Lewis.     

Kurtis Ethier, Eastern (6-0,PG)

Kurtis threw fire in Eastern's first game of the day.  He connected from deep and made them from mid range.  It was one of those performances where you could tell the shot was wet the second it left his hand.  He also has really good handles.  He was totally under control when pressured and used his speed to blow by anyone trying to pressure him in the backcourt.  The one area I'd like to see Kurtis become better is directing traffic and running half court sets. He needs to be more vocal and needs to facilitate better in the half court.  He didn't shoot it quite as well in game two, but was still effective in the blowout.  

Aaron Best, Eastern (6-4, SF) 

I always knew Aaron was a good athlete but yesterday he proved to me that he's not a good athlete, he's a GREAT athlete.  He had two dunks in which he was well above the rim.  I also was impressed with Aaron's length and hustle defensively.  I thought he was tremendous on that end of the floor.  He moves well laterally, used his length to get in the passing lanes and made it difficult to feed the post.  Offensively I'd like to see him get more assertive.  I know he can shoot the heck out of it, because I saw him do it a few times this summer.  Now he needs to realize the type of player he is and make sure he's getting the most out of his abilities.  Check out highlights of Aaron from day one, courtesy of our boys at PLAY TO THE CROWD.




Richard Audu, FHC (6-3, SG)

While Richard struggled a bit in the first half vs. Richview, he was tremendous in the second half and in Carr's game vs. Stephen Lewis.  We'll chalk up the first half of the Richview game to opening day jitters.  He was trying to show the crowd the firepower in his game, and it resulted in him forcing the issue a little bit.  Once he settled in he demonstrated the complete package.  He's got a body built for contact, can score from deep or going to the tin, can guard multiple positions, and gives Carr the type of versatile scorer they lacked last season.  He's got to do a better job letting the game come to him, but that is something that will improve with experience.  

TJ Rutty, Richview (6-6, PF)

Another big man who was relatively impressive was Richview's, TJ Rutty.  He moves well for a four and did an excellent job protecting the rim. When he blocks shots, everyone in the gym knows is aware and as the game went on, guys stopped taking it so deep in the half court.  He's a tad undersized, but makes up for it with his wingspan and athletic ability.  I'd like to see him get more involved on the offensive end, but defensively he was a stud.  


Nick Madray, Stephen Lewis (6-8, PF)

The best prospect in the gym on day one was without a doubt Nick Madray.  He has such fluid movement for a 6-8 big man it's scary.  He made multiple three's, made turn around jumpers in the post, and did a good job keeping Stephen Lewis in the game vs. Richview down the stretch.  He has a long way to go in terms of understanding spacing, rotations, and how to use his skill set to better affect the game.  If you are evaluating strictly on skill level, he's just tremendous.  He's our 4th ranked prospect in the class of 2013 right now and if I had to guess, I'd say there's a good chance he'll surpass some of the guys ahead of him over the next few years.   

Kenrick Lewis, FHC (5-8, PG)

Kenrick Lewis was probably the guy who surprised me the most on day one.  I knew he was pretty good in transition, but he proved to me he was a lot more complete than I gave him credit for.  He got in the gaps and created opportunities for his teammates, he did a good job both on the run and in the half court, and put pretty good pressure on the basketball defensively.  At the end of the day, his strength is in transition and he threaded the needle a couple times for the home crowd.  It's his birthday today and he has every reason to be proud of himself.  (see picture at the top)


Lincoln Samuels, FHC (6-3, SG/SF)

The thing that stood out to me right away with Lincoln was how poised he plays the game.  He played junior last year and generally the guys struggle with the speed of the game in the first month of the season in senior.  Not Lincoln !  He was probably the most under control player in the gym.  Everything in the flow of the offense, never holds the ball, and thinking one pass ahead.  He's strong, he defends with passion, and did a great job filling in for Tre Boutilier.  The one area I'd like to see him get better is shooting the basketball.  Defenders play off him a little which clogs the lane for guys like Kenrick and Richard.  Sky is the limit for this young man once that jump shot begins to fall.  

Raynold Kasongo, Mother Teresa (6-6, C) 

Another young buck who showed tremendous upside was Mother Teresa's Raynold Kasongo.  He does a tremendous job altering shots in the lane and getting out and running the floor.  He showed good body control, finished at the rim, and tried to establish deep post position.  Even when he was in great position, the guards for MT didn't seem to want to feed it to him.  The one thing I'd like to see Raynold work on is the consistency in his effort.  On possessions where he played hard, he was the best player on the floor.  On possessions where he was coasting a little, it generally cost MT two points.  

Recruiting Notes

Nick Madray has offers from Rice and Boston College and has received interest from Virginia, UNLV, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Detroit, Iowa State, Niagra, Nebraska, and New Mexico State.

Scott Morrison is receiving interest from CIS schools such as McGill, Laurier, Guelph, UBC, and Ryerson.  He has yet to take any visits.  







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