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U14 OBA Tournament Standouts

Posted on 21. Apr, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, Tournaments

The OBA championship tournament for U14 Major Bantams (Born in 1997 or younger) took place last weekend in Ottawa at school gyms all across the city. When you look at some of the bigger names making headlines for their participation in prestigious all-star games or the AAU circuit, many made breakout performances in this tournament.

 

 

Among medal round participants in the past 5 years? 

 

Khem Birch, Nepean Bobcats (2006)

Nick Stauskas, Mississauga Monarchs (2006)

Negus Webster-Chan, Scarborough Blues (2007)

Martin Dixon-Green, Scarborough Blues (2007)

MiKyle McIntosh, Scarborough Blues (2008)

Andrew Wiggins, Mississauga Monarchs (2009)

Tanveer Bhullar, CIA Bounce (2009)

Tyrell Bellot-Green, St. David Blues (2009)

 

 

Looking to add their names to this star-studded list are these future high school stars that stole the show:

 

Justin Jackson 6’6” F, YAAACE (Toronto)

 

This is the kind of kid that walks into a gym and parents of opposing teams start questioning how he could possibly be in their age group. “Man-child” in body AND game. Despite battling an ankle injury, Justin spent time playing pretty much every position on the floor with success. He can bring the ball up and run an offence like a point guard, shoot from outside the arc like a 2-guard, face up and slash off the dribble like a small forward, get all over the boards on both ends like a power forward, and use his overwhelming size to bully like a centre. He was clearly the focal point of YAAACE’s offensive attack, but his ability to thread the needle to his teammates, when multiple players collapsed on him, is a very rare (and valuable) quality for a kid this age & that size. His upside is up there with the best.

 

Nolan Narain 6’7” F, Blessed Sacrament #1 (Hamilton)

 

Another legitimate big kid with the rarity of being so fundamentally polished at an early age. As the focal point and unquestionable MVP of the championship team, Nolan put up a 24-point onslaught in the final, punctuated with a steal that he took end-to-end for an emphatic ‘And-1’ slam and seemingly crushing any hopes of a Scarborough Blues comeback. While getting into foul trouble in the first half of a highly anticipated round-robin game vs. YAAACE earlier on, the Yellow Jackets struggled to find their rhythm with their big man stricken to the bench, and trailed 27-23 at the half. Once Nolan got back on in the second half, the tables were turned, and Blessed rolled to a 64-50 victory. There haven’t been many legitimate 6’7” kids at this age group in the past, so seeing one display smooth back-to-the-basket finishes and accuracy from 3-point range was an absolute treat. His next challenge will be trying to make the U15 Ontario team for this summer.

 

Nelson Kaputo 5’10” G, Scarborough Blues-Sevaljevic (Toronto)

 

This lanky lefty looked silky smooth as a multi-purpose guard for the Division 1 finalist Blues. Everything looked in rhythm, as Nelson let his versatility breathe out on the court. He doesn’t force any issues, but rather calmly picks apart an opponent with an innate ability to see defensive openings and exploit them.

 

Savo Krajisnik 6’4” F, Hamilton Wildcats #1

 

The Hamilton area also took home the Division 2 championship thanks to Savo’s performance over the weekend. Despite losing their opening round-robin game on Friday night, the Wildcats battled to sneak into the semis against Noel’s NBA. Savo fits well in a European style of play that can take advantage of his passing and outside shooting skills as a strongly built post. He stretched the defence by hitting a couple of three-balls and could rebound, turn, and handle the ball as the team looked to push in transition situations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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