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Canucks @ Prime Time Shootout: Final Recap

Posted on 24. Jan, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

This leg of the Prime Time Shootout was a terrific opportunity to evaluate the development of some of our countries best prospects. Our Saviour New American has a good pair in shooting guard Nick Lewis and small forward Jonathan Alexander. Huntington Prep now has 4 Canadians, three of which are ranked in our 2012 top 10 (Negus Webster-Chan, Stefan Jankovic, and Sim Bhullar). They also have Francis Kiapway, an up and coming 2014 whom they can develop with an eye to the future. Quality Education brings two Canadians off the bench in 2013 shooting guard Tevin Findlay and 2014 forward Jordan Robinson. The pulse of the St.Benedict's offense is their point guard, 2013 Canadian Tyler Ennis.

Here's a look at what we took away from our two days inside University High School !

Tyler Ennis has found the perfect offense and market to show off his talents

Since his arrival, the Grey Bees have started to find their identity. Coach McLoed has inserted sets used by the Boston Celtics which allows Tyler to use his basketball IQ, vision, and ability to read the defense coming off screens. He's rewarded his coach, averaging over 10 assists per game while rarely turning it over. The New Jersey basketball market has quickly created buzz around his name, resulting in coaches all over the country beginning to track the sophomore guard. He was sensational in both games this weekend leading his team to a 1-1 record which included a big win over Huntington Prep.

Nick Lewis is a solidified division one guard

After showing out and going off at last weekends Flyin To The Hoop, Nick Lewis backed it up by leading his team to a huge upset win over Quality Education Academy (NC). He won game MVP after scoring 17 points and making big shots down the stretch. He showed off his range by connecting on four three's and got after it defensively. He still has plenty of room for growth and could benefit from tightening his handle and further developing his mid range game. If he can continue to add elements to his arsenal while hanging his hat on what he does well, he has a great chance to get the mid major call up.

Prime Time Shootout Canadian POTT

Jonathan Alexander was as active as we've seen him in a while. He demonstrated quick feet and active hands defensively and has the ability to become a lockdown defender with the ability to guard multiple positions. It's just a question of desire to consistently give maximum effort at this point. He also showed off his aggressiveness and ability to finish at the rim, highlighted by this baseline dunk which earned the play of the tournament.



Huntington Prep Express stops to pick up three more Canadians to solidify their roster

The addition of 7-5 center Sim Bhullar has given coach Fulford a go to low block scorer in the half court. There is no reason the ball shouldn't touch his hands on every half court possession. His shooting percentage deep in the low post is as good as anyone in the country. I also thought he showed improvement stepping out and guarding man, though he still has a lot of room to grow. He needs to continue getting in front of guys and back his way as close to the rim as possible. Posting stronger will lead to more touches and increased production.

Stefan Jankovic is one heck of a talent. His development and skill set continue to improve daily. He's a finesse guy who has tremendous touch around the rim, range beyond the three point arc, and the ability to jump out of the gym. His ball-handling is getting better which allows him to step out and play on the wing more. He needs to get bigger defensively in the paint and do a better job rebounding his area if he wants to take another jump as a prospect. He won game MVP for Huntington vs. St.Benedicts and picked up offers from Georgetown and USF.

Negus Webster-Chan has done a lot of growing up. Not only was Negus sporting a Movember, but he looks to have gained muscle mass as well. He was a streaky shooter last summer but has improved his pre-catch setup and is doing a better job squaring his feet and shoulders to the target. The result was him throwing a ball with more spin and better arc. He also showed off his vision and unselfishness finding teammates and making plays. He's picked up his intensity defensively some and looks to be sliding better and thinking more. If anything I would say he needs to get even more aggressive. Like Stefan, Negus has the god given abilities to take over a basketball game. Both guys need to focus on developing a killer instinct and begin to want to dominate.

While we never got a real opportunity to evaluate 2014 guard Francis Kiapway (he just joined the team), we're excited to track his future. We'll take in two more games this week in Orlando and are hoping to see how he assimilates into the raised level of competition at such a young age.

Tevin Findlay and Jordan Robinson are getting a lot out of their experience at Quality Education Academy

While Tevin's future position is likely as a combo, he's spent the year learning to play point guard. We already know Tevin can make plays slashing to the basket. By learning to have point guard instincts, he only becomes more dangerous when he gets in the paint. He's also going to be a valuable asset breaking the press and helping the primary ball handler. Jordan is built like a man, despite being just an up and coming 2014. Now he had a year in practice competing vs. older guys and learning what it takes to play and bang vs. men everyday. He looked more focused on the court and seemed to have a good understanding of his responsibilities in the brief action we were able to watch him play.







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