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Canucks @ Nike EYBL Hampton: Final Recap

Posted on 11. Apr, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments

Hampton, VA - With the chance to evaluate our kids competing vs. the best talent in the world, we got in our car and drove twelve hours to Virginia for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and the Boo Williams Invitational.   We watched as Nike CIA Bounce went an impressive 3-2, while also having the opportunity to watch Olivier Hanlan run with the Albany City Rocks, and Junior Lomomba ball out for Detroit The Family.  Anthony Bennett was the most impressive Canadian in the gym, while Andrew Wiggins was finally released for the world to see. 






Anthony Bennett, CIA Bounce (6-7, F, 2012)

Anthony put his entire offensive repertoire on display this weekend, as he made three's, mid range jumpers, and was able to beat his defender by putting it on the deck.  Once he beat his man, he generally hurt the rim with his patent two hand power dunk.   He raised his stock with everyone in the building as he proved he was as athletic and shot it as well as any four in the class of 2012.  He also played with intensity and passion, often talking trash and letting everyone know he's got some dog in him.  

vs. Texas Titans 25 mins, 23 points, 7 rebounds, 8-13 FG

vs. Metro Hawks 18 mins, 23 points, 7 rebounds, 9-13 FG, 3-5 3PT

vs. Oakland Soldiers 25 mins, 19 points, 2 rebounds, 8-14 FG


Dyshawn Pierre, CIA Bounce (6-6, F, 2012)

He came into the tournament as an unknown to the American basketball community and put himself on the map by playing harder than everyone else.  He defended 3's and 4's, scored baskets in the paint vs. high major athletes, got everything in the flow of the offense, and was a terrific addition to CIA Bounce.  He's just a super kid who deserved this opportunity and it was fun to watch him make the most of it.   


Sim Bhullar, CIA Bounce (7-5, C, 2012)

The "Simsation" started the weekend relatively slowly as he was struggling to find a touch running with so many talented guards.  As the week progressed, he found his groove and did a good job in the middle of the 2-3 zone.  He was pretty active in regards to what we've seen in the past, contested and altered shots, and scored when he got a paint touch.  CIA Bounce played their best basketball of the weekend when they made a concerted effort to get him a touch in half court situations.  Going forward the guards have to realize it's important that the big fella gets to eat.  

vs. Texas Titans  15 mins, 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 3-4 FG

vs. Metro Hawks 14 mins, 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 5-7 FG

vs. Seattle Rotary 18 mins, 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5-8 FG


Naz Long, CIA Bounce (6-4, G, 2012)

The vocal leader of Bounce, Naz has come leaps and bounds in his development over the course of the past year and a half.  The way he pressured the basketball and kept everything in front of him was refreshing, as the other Takeover Canada guards were letting their man beat them off the dribble to easily.   He communicated, kept the energy level high, made shots, and did a better job than anyone else protecting the basketball.  No one left a better impression on me than Naz. 

vs. Texas Titans 19 mins, 10 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 3-5 FG


Andrew Wiggins, CIA Bounce (6-7, F, 2014)

It's not about what we thought about Andrew this weekend because he's already our #1 player in the class.  We watched him play all year.  It was about what everyone else thought about Andrew this weekend and the reviews have been big time.  Draft Express, ESPN, Scout, etc…. all raved about his potential and production.  What impressed us the most was his motor.  Andrew had the tendency to coast at times this season, but this weekend he did anything but.  He played his tail off on both ends of the court and showed his special talents.  He was so productive defensively guarding both wings, post players, and sitting in the top of the 2-3.  He was the second most productive player on a team filled with high major talent two years older than him.  A huge week for the young superstar !!

vs. Texas Titans 24 mins, 12 points, 7 rebounds, 2-4 3-PT

vs. BABC 32 mins, 28 points, 4 rebounds, 9-15 FG, 9-10 FT

vs. Oakland Soldiers 28 mins, 18 points, 6 rebounds, 8-17 FG




Kevin Zabo, CIA Bounce (6-1, PG, 2014)

Another young buck who proved the stage wasn't too big for him was Kevin.  While he was better in the three finesse games then he was in Bounce's two scrappy games, he proved more than talented enough to play with the big boys.  He's shifty, has great vision, is unselfish, can make shots, and gets in the paint to make plays for others.  He still needs some time to learn how to play at the top of the 2-3, but it wasn't a lack of effort, it was a lack of experience.  He made plays, wasn't scared, and showed why he's one of the best point guards in the class of 2014.  


Junior Lomomba, Detroit The Family (6-4, SG, 2012)

After spending the weekend with Kyle Julius and A Game hoops last weekend, we spent this weekend evaluating with an emphasis on motor. No one has a better one than Junior Lomomba.  The guy just plays so fricken hard it's fun to watch.  Defensively he gets in your grill and in your head, pressuring the basketball, and making his opponent work for everything.  Offensively he's an explosive athlete with a tremendous first step.  He got in the lane at will this weekend and was a very difficult matchup.  He was two quick for slower guards, and too tough for quicker ones.  He also was a killer on the offensive glass, showing off a tremendous second jump.  When it comes to playing hard, Lomomba was the cream of the crop.

vs. The Playaz 22 mins, 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5-10 FG

vs. NY Gauchos 31 mins, 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 7-18 FG, 7-15 FT


Olivier Hanlan, Albany City Rocks (6-3, PG, 2012)

Olivier played with a tremendously talented City Rocks squad and had a good understanding of what was expected of him.  When you play with Dajuan Coleman and Ricardo Ledo you aren't expected to score the basketball.  As the point guard his role was to play defense and put their horses in a position to succeed.  He did just that, doing an excellent job defensively being physical and keeping guys in front of him as well as offensively feeding the post and directing traffic.  








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