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St.Michael’s College Tip Off Showcase: Day 1 Recap

Posted on 06. Nov, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments


What a tremendous way to open the season for St.Mike's.  Facing one of the best squads in Ontario in Loyola, it took a big boy half court shot from Duane Notice as time expired to push them over the hump and secure the win in their home opener.  In the first game, defending OFSAA Champions Oakwood easily cruised past St. Francis behind the play of their big three.  


1- Oakwood 59 (Kevin Blake 13) - St. Francis (St. Catharines) 36 (Patrick Pilato 15)
2- St. Mike's 58 (Duane Notice 15) - Loyola (Oakville) 56 (Petar Rusic 16)




Standout Prospects

Kevin Blake, Oakwood (6-1, SG, 2012) 

Kevin has made tremendous improvements over the course of the past year.  He's a terrific athlete, is very built physically, and has great work ethic.  He was impressive on both ends of the floor on day one.  Kevin uses his wingspan and impressive lateral movement to keep guys in front of him and was a pest all game long.  Offensively he was dynamite in transition and showed off his newly improved mid range game and refined jump shot.  Forget how many he made vs. missed.  His mechanics and arc looked much better.  The last step in the development process for Kevin is to continue to become a better ball-handler.  Kevin is one of the three or four best prospects who didn't go to prep school and opted to remain in Ontario.    

Isaiah Watkins, Oakwood (6-6, PF, 2013) 

Isaiah is another guy who has come a long way since I last saw him.  He's learned to put it on the deck some which is something he'll continue to need to improve as he becomes a full blown face up four.  Like Kevin, Isaiah is also a physical specimen.  He did a good job defending the post and denying the entries to St.Francis big man, Kegan Dunlop.  

Tyrell Belot-Green, Oakwood (6-5, SF, 2014)

The youngest member of Oakwood's big three, Tyrell is well ahead of the curve for a 2014 prospect.  He has tremendous IQ and has a nose for the basketball.  He acted like a garbage man out there, seemingly always in the right place at the right time.   He's a tremendous athlete and like the other two Oakwood standouts, he's built like a house.  I got to spend some time with him after the game, as we took in the first half of the second game together.  He came across as a humble young guy who's thrilled to be a part of Oakwood's quest to win back to back OFSAA Championships. 

Patrick Pilato, St.Francis (6-0, G, 2013)

Patrick was a bright spot in the St.Francis loss to Oakwood.  He's got tremendous IQ, his competitive fire burns deep, and his jump shot is wet.  He's not a true point guard, or a true off guard, but he's a shot maker and a guy who rarely makes mistakes.  He needs to either learn to initiate half court offense and become a point guard, or make a concerted effort to get in the gaps and make plays at the rim as more complete scorer.  He may not have a true position, but he's a player.  

Duane Notice, St.Michael's College (6-3, SG, 2013)

While Duane didn't have his strongest outing last night, he saved the best for last.  With 2.7 seconds remaining and St. Mike's down 2 points, Duane caught the ball at his own three point line, took two dribbles, crossed his defener over, squared up, and made a shot that emptied the bleachers.  Duane has to be stronger with the basketball going forward as he committed some uncharacteristic turnovers trying to dribble through traffic.  Sometimes Duane gets caught trying to make the great play instead of just making the easy play.  That said, even on a night where he wasn't at his sharpest, he found a way to put a stamp on the game and carry his teammates to a big time W vs. a big time opponent.  I've seen some great moments covering high school basketball in my time, but this was certainly up there with one of the best.  



Malcolm Duvivier, St.Michael's College (6-1, PG, 2014)

Malcolm was tremendous down the stretch for St.Mike's.  He made big two huge three's inside 3 minutes which allowed St.Mike's to hang in the game.  He was very good defensively throughout, pressuring the basketball and keeping guys in front of him.  I thought he could have asserted himself more offensively throughout, but considering it was the first game of the season and he's playing senior for the full season for the first time… I thought he was pretty darn good.  

Mike Lafricain, Loyola (5-10, PG, 2011)

Mike is a true lead guard in every sense of the word.  He made big time plays down the stretch to put his teammates in a position to get buckets.  He had a wide open three with Loyola down one, and instead swung the basketball to Peter Rusic who had a hot hand and knocked it down.  With 2.7 seconds left he drew the defense and laid it off to Rohan Boney to give them a two point lead and what looked like a victory.  Had Duane not made the shot he did, Mike in my mind would have been the catalyst who led the second half comeback.  

Rohan Boney, Loyola (6-4, F, 2012)

Rohan thought he made a game winner with 2.7 seconds left.  Despite not getting the W, Rohan showed tremendous athleticism and a very aggressive nature.  He was dominant on the offensive glass all game and was truly impressive.  


Recruiting Notes

Syracuse Assistant Bernie Fine was in the building to watch the first day of action.  His target was Duane Notice who proved he had a flare for the dramatic.  


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