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Canadians @ PITT Jam Fest: Final Thoughts

Posted on 19. Apr, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

 

Pittsburgh, PA - It was a major success for Canadians at Jam Fest this weekend as Grassroots Canada 14u and CIA Bounce 15u brought home GOLD Division Championships.  We saw more than 100 Canadian prospects this weekend and for the most part were highly impressed with what we saw.  Take a look at raw highlights of who stood out as well as what we learned in an action packed weekend at the University of Pittsburgh.  

 

STANDOUT PLAYERS

We decided to try something different this week and make a video of our standout players instead of writing out evaluations.  Take a look at these raw highlights of Anthony Bennett, Sim Bhullar, Negus Webster-Chan, Matthew Atewe, Tyler Ennis, Mikyle McIntosh, Isaiah Watkins, Xavier Rathan-MayesAnthony Pate, Malcolm Duvivier, Cassidy Ryan, and Jamar Ergas.  

 

 

WHAT WE LEARNED

 

***Sim Bhullar changes ends better in long sleeves !  

 

Sim wore the Nike form fitted long sleeve and not only did it make him look trimmer and more fit, but it made him more active as well.  He was covering more ground in the middle of the 2-3 zone, often getting out of his area to contest and alter shots.  He also looked to be changing ends better and was involved in more plays on the offensive end in transition than normal.    

 

***Grassroots F Mikyle McIntosh and CIA Bounce F Isaiah Watkins look like men playing vs. children 

Both players are so physically developed for the 16u age bracket that they're able to throw their weight around in the paint and intimidate/scare their opponents.  They both rebound the heck out of their area and do a good job finding their outlet man to lead the break.   The thing that makes these two guys special is their motor.  Both players take everything on the court so personal and play so hard and with so much passion, it's a joy to watch.  Mikyle is further along in terms of his perimeter skill set, but both players effect the game with sheer work ethic.  Mikyle is currently receiving interest from the likes of Missouri, Texas, Fresno State, Georgetown, Miami, Wake Forest, and NC State.

 

***Northern Kings 6-10 C Matthew Atewe is quickly becoming a problem 

We were never able to make it to Georgia to see Matthew in his high school setting this year.  As a result the last time we took him in was at the end of July in the Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas.  We've now seen him two weeks in a row and really made evaluating his development a priority while watching his teams play.  He's grown two inches and is now a legit 6-10.  His footwork in the paint has improved by leaps and bounds and he now looks relatively fluid in the paint area.  He's also doing a much better job working before the basketball makes it his way then he was a year ago.  He's learned to sit on his opponent deep in the paint in order to catch it in the red zone.  Matthew also showed better instincts defensively and is blocking/altering shots without fouling.  To sum it up he's gone from project to prospect in a short period of time and is a guy who will be highly sought after in a market recently lacking big men.  

 

***While Tanveer Bhullar remains the prospect with the most upside in the class of 2013, 6-2 PG Tyler Ennis has established himself as the best player 

Tyler has produced game after game for CIA Bounce's lethal 16u squad which has made the final four and championship game in two consecutive weekends.  After becoming a household name this year at St.Benedict's in New Jersey, he's proving the hype was warranted in early tournaments on the circuit.  The game looks to be moving in slow motion right now for the Brampton floor general as he analyzes the game and reacts to what he's seeing as well as anyone in North America.  When it comes to basketball IQ, Tyler takes a backseat to no one in the class of 2013.  It's no longer about where he ranks in Canada amongst point guards (he's locked into the #1 spot).  Now it's about how he compares to his peers south of the border.  I haven't seen one in his age group I'd rather have yet !  

 

***6-2, 2015 G Jamar Ergas has some of the craziest athleticism we've ever seen at his age group 

We got our first glimpse of Jamar last weekend when our National Recruiting Analyst Barry Hayes saw him at the SBA Tournament  in Ontario.  This weekend we made it a point of emphasis to be at his games and what we learned is he's more than just a freak athlete.  He's also got a relatively high skill set.   He can handle it some, has range on his jump shot, and a high motor.  While it's always scary for kids his age to have this kind of hype, if he can focus on his development and the classroom he's going to be special.  Check out highlights of him going off this weekend in Pittsburgh.  

 

 

Malcolm Duviver and Anthony Pate have the complete package you look for in a long term prospect.  Attitude, desire, work ethic, and talent !!

Both players approach the game the way they're supposed to.  They play hard, take winning personal, and put an equal emphasis on development as they do exposure.  While it's nice to ball out while playing on the circuit, these two young men know the real work takes place during the week.   Malcolm is relentless pressuring the basketball and his ability to run a team is well ahead of the curve. He was the catalyst in CIA Bounce taking home the Gold Division Championship this weekend.   Anthony can score the basketball at a very high level while his ability to move over and play point guard is improving daily.  He'll have plenty of time to continue to progress as it appears he'll have the ball in his hands plenty for Grassroots 15u.  

 

Xavier Rathan-Mayes can flat out score the basketball 

Xavier played both 16's and 17's this weekend in Pittsburgh.  It didn't matter who he played with, he found a way to put it in the net.  His jump shot is on point both from behind the arc and mid range.  It was his first weekend playing with two new squads and he did a great job fitting in with both.  He shared the basketball, didn't force shots, yet made his presence felt and played aggressive in both settings.  The kid is a heck of a talent !!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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