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Early Bird @ FHC: Day 2 Recap

Posted on 06. Nov, 2010 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments


While Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins garnered most of the excitement at the Father Henry Carr gym in Toronto today, he wasn’t the only one to impress, as the adidas Early Bird Classic continued on Friday.




7- Vaughan 82 (Andrew Wiggins 26), J. Clarke Richardson 72 (Tyrelle Samuels 30)
8- d’Youville 79 (Dylan Periana/Charles Amponsah 15), George Harvey 49 (Omar Burns 17)
9- Vaughan 86 (Kassius Robertson 23), St. Patrick’s 47 (Marial Shayok 9)
10- Pickering 83 (Damion Rashford 20), George Harvey 41 (Isaac Boahene 11)
11- J. Clarke Richardson 74 (Aaron Redpath 37), St. Patrick’s 55 (Marial Shayok 17)
12- Pickering 76 (Damion Rashford 28), d'Youville 61 (Charles Amponsah 12)



Standout Prospects


Aaron Redpath 6’4” SG, J Clarke Richardson (Ajax)

In the much-anticipated battle with Vaughan, the JCR Storm had trouble scoring with the intimidating big men combo of Andrew Wiggins & Aiddian Walters contesting everything down low. The solution? Give it to Aaron. With his length and high-release, either set-shot or on the bounce, he provided impressive accuracy from outside the arc early on in both games. In game 2, he was downright unconscious, hitting a ridiculous 9 three-pointers and finishing with a tournament-high 37 points.

Tyrelle Samuels 6’0” PG, J Clarke Richardson (Ajax)

Expect 2010-11 to be a breakout season for the JCR point guard. With his abilities of setting the tempo, quickness changing speeds, pickpocketing opposing guards, and his shooting accuracy beyond the arc, Tyrelle filled his day by toying with those unfortunate enough to guard him. Even with the plethora of quick point guards on this day, this guy was creating the most buzz.

Leon Alexander 6’4” SF, J Clarke Richardson (Ajax)

After draining a ‘3’ in the first minute of game 1, Leon was taken out of his offensive rhythm by getting matched up with Vaughan star Andrew Wiggins for most of the game. However, the smooth swingman came back with a vengeance in his second game against St. Pat’s. He showed off his wing skills, such as shooting off the dribble and accuracy with range, but it was his one-handed alley-oop slam off the backboard that brought the crowd to its feet.


Henry Tan 5’11” PG, Vaughan (Thornhill)


As an opposing point guard’s worst nightmare, Henry conducted his own layup drill all day with his quick hands and even quicker feet. His part in a 16-4 run that distanced themselves from St. Pat’s included turning a number of Irish turnovers into easy points. He also threaded a perfect alley-oop to Wiggins for a two-handed slam.



Marial Shayok 6’3” SG, St. Patrick’s (Ottawa)

Despite overmatched in their two pool games, this grade 10 rising star (and his teammates) kept going at full speed until the final whistle. Marial played a lot of lead guard, using his length and passing abilities to cause some easy Irish hoops, as defences attempted to collapse on him when driving into the key. His shooting stroke looks good, but he was unable to get into any kind of zone.

Kassius Robertson 6’1” SG, Vaughan (Thornhill)

The surprise of the day was the shooting exploits of this rookie senior off the bench. While not recognizing him during the JCR game, Kassius came out and put on a clinic against St. Pat’s. Finishing with 7 threes made, rarely catching any rim on the way down, he made the Vaughan bench look equally as dangerous as the starting five.

Damion Rashford 6’4” SF, Pickering (Ajax)

As an effective inside-out threat, Damion was Pickering’s best offensive weapon today. The team had a sluggish start against George Harvey, but Damion keyed a 22-1 run that broke the game wide open. As the team’s tallest player, he used his muscle to score inside against the smaller d’Youville frontcourt. As a strong ballhandler with size, he got out and ran to get more points in transition.


Andrew Wiggins 6’6” SF, Vaughan (Thornhill)

The anticipated tournament debut of the 15-year-old phenom spoiled Canadian fans in attendance. His explosive athleticism is rarely seen in a high school setting in any country. Anyone witnessing his one-handed putback dunk in his first game against JCR can attest to that.  Andrew showed him some of his face-up game, using crossovers to make defenders look like pylons, while finishing it off with his head at the rim. His presence was missed in short periods against JCR, as the Storm went on runs to keep within striking distance. Once re-inserted, he drew enough attention to give his teammates a chance to widen the gap and hang on for the win, which they ended up doing. One long-time scout suggested Andrew is the best basketball athlete in Toronto history. He is worth any price of admission, but will his games have to move to bigger sites? The overflowing crowds will continue to get bigger as the word spreads.  


Nevell Provo 5’11” PG, Pickering (Ajax)

The transfer from Nova Scotia has already made an impression as a football player for the junior Trojans, but he’s making a legitimate claim to being a two-sport star with his performances on day 2. His athletic qualities, like footwork and speed changes, translates well from the gridiron. He has a patient quality as he monitors the floor with the ball, but knows when to turn it on and make his bursts of speed off the dribble. Nevell also has good shooting mechanics and is capable of burying the outside shot.








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