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SBA Tournament Recap

Posted on 12. Apr, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments


While the Boo Williams tournament was going on in Hampton, last weekend was also a great chance to see the OBA (Ontario Basketball Association) club teams compete at various age groups. In all, 72 teams began jockeying for top-ranked positions at the HoopDome facility in Toronto. Here are some of the performers that stood out from the rest.



U15 (Midget) – 12 teams

U16 (Major Midget) – 28 teams

U17 (Juvenile) – 12 teams

U19 (Junior) – 20 teams



The Usual Suspects


Justin Edwards 6’2” SG (2011), Whitby Wildcats U19

What else is new? Another event, another impressive performance. Easily the most difficult player to stop in the tournament. Justin played the point guard spot, keeping opponents constantly off balance with his ability to get by anybody off the dribble and firing passes to open teammates or adding to his own point totals.


Mike Lafricain 6’0” PG (2011), Oakville Vytis U19

A couple of deep 3-point bombs in the final minutes helped Mike lead Vytis to a late 70-68 comeback win over the Gators in pool play. While his team is nowhere near as talented as his high school group (OFSAA AAAA Silver medal-winning team – Loyola), he was instrumental in providing the decision-making and intensity to give opponents all they could handle to earn a win.


Kevin Blake 6’2” SG (2012), Toronto BJCC U19

It wasn’t a smart idea to challenge Kevin when he went hard to the rim. In two different games, he crammed a two-handed sledgehammer on an uneducated defender. There aren’t many guards that can finish with contact better than him. He was instrumental in leading BJCC to the championship game.



Capital Punishment

Justin Shaver 6’6” PF (2011), Ottawa Guardsmen U19

There are sometimes perceived notions that Ontario referees outside the GTA will call any & every contact between two players on the floor as a foul, keeping big men from developing any kind of mean streak in the post. This hasn’t stopped Justin from becoming arguably the most physically dominant big man in Ontario (who ironically spends time as a registered local referee as well). The Carleton University-commit has great footwork creating shots inside, passing out of the post, and crashing the boards like his life depended on it.


Jean Pierre-Charles 6’8” SF (2012), Ottawa Guardsmen U19

If he was playing consistently for the Toronto area to see, there would be way more hype about his potential. An athletic 6’8” that handles like a guard and can shoot from outside the arc. His versatility is scary. As it stands right now, Jean will likely be heading to a prep school next year.



Parliament Buildings


As teams of all ages filed in and out of the HoopDome facility over the weekend, there were two teams that stood out from the rest with their intimidating size. Turns out both come from the same city.


Ottawa Guardsmen U19 frontcourt: Joining the aforementioned Justin Shaver and Jean Pierre-Charles are U17 Ontario member Ryan Evans (6’10” C, ’11) & rapidly improving John Lenz (6’7” C, ’11). It led to the U19 Platinum Division championship, beating Toronto BJCC by 3 in the final.


Ottawa Next Level U16 frontcourt: U15 Ontario team members Chris McComber (6’5” SF, ‘13) & Mike Shoveller (6’9” C, ‘13) team up with massive Michael Quinn (6’9” C, ‘13).



Junior-aged Rising Stars


Corey Johnson 6’0” PG (Grade 9), Ottawa Next Level U16

Playing up an age group, Corey fits right in as a multi-purpose guard that can slash, shoot it with range, and feed the trees up front in the post. When he was taken out, the team just didn’t execute with the same speed and confidence.


Marial Shayok 6’4” SG/SF (Grade 10), Ottawa Guardsmen U16

Capable of playing all perimeter positions, Marial displayed his versatility and considerable upside. With the decision-making mind of a guard, he has grown into the size of a forward, so he can continually capitalize on mismatches. His outside shooting and passing also stood out. Expected to have another growth spurt. He is one to keep track of, since his father played D1 ball, and siblings Yar (NCAA D1 - Detroit Mercy), and Shayok (IMG Academy – uncommitted in Class of 2011) are great talents as well.


Jamar Ergas 6’2” SF (Grade 9), Toronto Mission U15

For those of you that thought he may be just an impressive youtube dunking sensation, you need to see more. Equipped with a skillset featuring controlled ballhandling on the perimeter in a set offence, face-up attacks with the ball off the dribble, a good looking jump shot, and also seen going hard after rebounds, Jamar has a very promising future.


Nevell Provo 5’10” PG (Grade 9), Advantage Titans U15

After a full season playing for the senior varsity Pickering H.S. team, with some players as much as 4 years older than him, Nevell was back playing with players his age. The maturity and feel of playing at a higher level has rubbed off, as he really stands out as a decision-maker and overall leader for the Titans. He looks comfortable settling things down as the lead guard, but watch out for whip passes on the money to cutting teammates heading to the hoop.








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