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FINAL THOUGHTS: Canucks @ Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament

Posted on 30. Jan, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Media, Tournaments, Videos

It was one of the better weekends we've had thus far during the 2010-2011 high school season.  Montverde Academy Head Coach Kevin Sutton put on a 100% first class event.  The fact that it was in Florida made it that much sweeter as a Canadian based website .  Anytime the championship game features 7 Canadians and the defending back to back ESPN Rise NHSI champions, you know it's a big time event for Flagrant Fouls.  Here's a look at what we took away from the weekend ! 




Myck Kabongo has really improved as a catch and shoot guy

For all the people out there who say Myck can't shoot, that's complete non sense.  That's been the knock on his game since 9th grade, and from what we saw this weekend, he's doing everything he can to turn  this perceived weakness into a strength.  He made something like 7-11 from downtown this weekend and the ball looked to have more rotation and arc leaving his hands.  What I was most impressed by was that he looked good shooting the ball with his feet set and shoulders square to the basket.  He's always been a guy who shoots it better in movement rather than when he's shot ready.  While that's still the case, he's certainly made great strides as a catch and shoot guy.  ***** When I originally wrote this article I didn't make mention to the fact that Myck was sensational in every other phase of the game.    He won MVP, led the tournament in scoring, and showed all the areas of his game that has propelled him to becoming one of the best prospects in the country.  If you look at Myck's past evaluations I have routinely written about all the things that make him special.  I wanted to focus on the one area of his game other people sometimes critic and mention that I don't think that critisism is warranted.  Fans have reached out to me and said my article didn't do justice to the type of tournament Myck played and so I felt this explanation was necessary.  There was no question who the best Canadian prospect in this tournament was and I apologize if I didn't give him the shine he earned !!    

Anthony Bennett at 70% was still as tough a matchup as any prospect in this tournament

The guy played all weekend on a recovering ankle injury and proved that at his size there are very few prospects with his combination of strength, athleticism, and the ability to play inside or outside.  He shot it well, showed tremendous footwork guarding the perimeter, and filled the lane when Myck got dribble penetration.  A perfect example of this was seen on this baseline crush which earned PLAY OF THE TOURNAMENT.  



7-5 Center Sim Bhullar Has NEVER Been Fouled

Just because the man is big, doesn't mean he's not being fouled.  Every time we watch one of Sim's games, there are at least 4 instances where you scratch your head and wonder what the refs are watching.  This weekend was no different, as the Huntington big man couldn't buy a call.  Sim is a guy who gets mixed reviews by scouting services across the United States.  Anyone who has to game plan for him or matchup against him will tell you, the guy is a flat out problem.  If Huntington wants to win more basketball games and make their way into the ESPN Rise, their guards need to slow the pace and get him more paint touches.  PERIOD.  

The biggest missed call of the entire tournament was the controversial game winning bucket that was waved off at the end of regulation in the semi finals.  We got video evidence that not only was the man comletely mauled, but the ball was out of his hands before the buzzer sounded.  Man it feels good to put the refs on BLAST sometimes.  



Stefan Jankovic Needs To Use This Weekend As A Learning Experience

Through one half of basketball there was no question Huntington Prep was out playing Findlay Prep in every phase of the game.  After receiving a technical foul for hanging on the rim, Stefan Jankovic let Myck Kabongo get under his skin.  I don't mean that in a way to make Myck seem like a dirty player.  He's a terrific kid and was just being competitive.   While many in the crowd felt the play in which the two Canadians who grew up together should have been a double technical, Stef has to be more aware of the fact that he's too important to his team to let his emotions get the best of him and risk getting ejected.   That said, we've read some commentary on the incident and it seems to have been blown way out of proportion.  It was a gut reaction by a kid playing in the moment.  Lesson learned !!!

Montverde Academy Is One Of The Best Atmosphere's In All Of High School Basketball

All you need to do to realize this is a special building to play in is check out this clip of their player introductions.  They have fans which are both loud and creative, they get support from their town, and sponsorship from local businesses.  The end result is an atmosphere worth the price of admission.  The student section officially stole the show and became Flagrant Fouls favorites when they put newspapers in front of their faces during the Huntington Prep player introductions.  



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5 Responses to “FINAL THOUGHTS: Canucks @ Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament”

  1. VIDEO: Inside Access - Huntington Prep Express | Flagrant Fouls 22. Feb, 2011

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  2. Canadian Content - Weekend Roundup – Toronto Update 31. Jan, 2011

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    [...] My guys over at Flagrant Fouls captured this amazing Anthony Bennett dunk at the MAIT Championship game down in Florida. You can read more about the MAIT tournament and their coverage of the Canadian players here. [...]

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  4. Roy 31. Jan, 2011

    “Montverde Academy Is One Of The Best Atmosphere’s In All Of High School Basketball”

    Correction. It IS. We are the greatest high school crowd in all of America. Hands down. If this could be compared to a college we’d be the Cameron Crazies.

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