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Canadians @ AAU Super Showcase

Posted on 29. Jul, 2011 by nshulman8511 in Canada Spotlight, Tournaments


Lake Buena Vista, FL - With the end of the evaluation period drawing close, 4 teams from Canada made the trip to Disney World to showcase their talents in front of college coaches at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.  Here's a look at who made the most of their opportunity !





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

Sim did a really good job establishing post position and sitting on guys deep in the paint.  He also seemed to be changing ends as well as I can remember seeing him.  He didn't finish around the basket quite as well as usual, but certainly put pressure on his opponents interior line.  His hands are extraordinary, and he's making baby steps with his conditioning.  


Oliver Paul-Betu, Brookwood Elite (6-0, PG)

Oliver is an intriguing prospect do to his explosive first step, his efficient crossover dribble, and his ability to penetrate and make the defense recover.  He was adequate applying pressure on the basketball, and did a nice job finding his teammates around the rim for easy scores.  His jump shot and strength is definitely a work in progress and he tends to play too fast and take it too deep at times.  That said Oliver is extremely difficult to keep in front of and possesses blow by speed that isn't present in many prospects north of the border.  According to Oliver, "I've been playing my best summer so far.  Some schools showing me interest are Columbia, Elon, Davidson, Harvard, Penn State, Virginia, Vermont, and Stanford.  As soon as I'm able to I'm planning on visiting Stanford, Vermont, and Columbia."


Naz Long, CIA Bounce (6-2, G)

Naz continues to impress me more and more.  He never backs down from anybody and is becoming more explosive as an athlete both vertically and laterally.  He scored the basketball at the rim and proved his crossover and quickness were good enough to get by his man.  He finished at the rim, provided energy, and was one of the few bright spots on a CIA Bounce team that really struggled in Orlando.  If Naz protected the basketball a little better and put more value in each possession, he would be ready for the high minus call up.  For now, he's an A-10, Conference USA type combo.  Rice was present at all of his games and have made him a priority recruit.  


Nolan Woodward, Brookwood Elite (6-4, PF)

Nolan may be undersized for his position, but he makes up for it with toughness and strength.  His ability to out muscle guys in the paint, combined with his understanding of how to use shot fakes to avoid being blocked made him an efficient finisher at the rim.  He also did a good job on the offensive glass as he's difficult to box out.  He possesses a high motor, can run the floor, and seems to get to the head of the rim in transition in time to make plays.  He was a standout in Indiana and continued his strong play in Orlando.  


Youssef Ouahrig, Brookwood Elite (6-0, PG)

We saw no Canadian give more effort at the AAU Super Showcase than Youssef.  He gives everything he has on every possession.  His ability to guard his position is what will make him a sought after commodity in the CIS.  His feet are quick and he takes pride in keeping guys in front of him.  Offensively he protected the basketball and did a nice job as a set up point guard.  He won't beat you off the dribble, or shoot his team out of a zone, but he's steady and raises the energy of everyone on the floor.  



Andrew Wiggins, CIA Bounce (6-7, SF)

Wiggins played 16's this week for the first time this summer and helped lead a loaded Bounce squad to the Championship on ESPNU.  He's learning to play harder and harder and as a result is punishing his opponents.  At the 16u age group Andrew should be illegal, as his freakish athleticism, terrific basketball instincts, and length make him a game changer.  The one area where he still needs a lot of growth is in his understanding of helpside defense.  Florida State, Syracuse, Pitt, North Carolina, Kentucky, and way more were posted up at his games this week.  


Xavier Rathan Mayes, CIA Bounce (6-4, SG)

Tanveer Bhullar wore an "X is gonna give it to you" t-shirt (probably has more to do with his brother going to Xavier than Rathan-Mayes) and he certainly lived up to the slogan.  He was sensational this week when I saw him.  He made extremely difficult shots from deep, mid range, and in the paint.  His one dribble pull up is perhaps his deadliest weapon.  He's got the DNA of a scorer and gets buckets in a variety of fashions.  As he works on his strength and definition, look for X to absorb contact better and become a finisher around the rim.  He's currently sitting on a whole bunch of high major offers.  


Tyler Ennis, CIA Bounce (6-2, PG)

Tyler continues his rise to becoming a 5-star prospect on every scouting service in North America.  After the 16u Championship game one prominent member of the McDonald's All-American voting committee emphatically told me he expects to see Tyler in the burger game in two years.  His ability to find his teammates in the paint and his feel for the game standout as his best qualities.  He's also a very capable outside shooter and a leader of men.  While he's got many high major schools in heavy pursuit, Iowa State HC Fred Hoiberg is putting in the most time.  He's been at more than 20 games during the evaluation period.  



Damion Rashford, Triple Balance (6-4, SF)

Triple Balance was a relatively unknown team coming into the Super Showcase but won their pool and advanced to bracket play.  Much of that success can be attributed to the play of Damion Rashford.  He was outstanding in transition, finishing at the rim and looking for contact.  He plays hard, plays with passion, and is really coming along in terms of his ball skills.  His ball handling looked much improved as did his jump shot.  I'm excited to see how this translates in the high school season.  


Isaiah Watkins, CIA Bounce (6-7, PF)

Another Bounce player who's picked up a whole bunch of interest throughout the evaluation period is Isaiah.  He plays his tail off, is tough as nails, and understands his role.  No player in the class of 2013 has elevated their stock more in July.  



Andrew Grant, Triple Balance (6-3, SG)

One guy who wasn't previously on our radar and most certainly is now is Andrew Grant.  The West Hill product was the biggest surprise of the week.  He's long, aggressive, can finish at the rim, defends, and takes great angles defensively.  This was my first time seeing him play but I will surely be making the time to take him in a few more times to get a better feel for what level player he is.    


Troy Knight, CIA Bounce (6-0, SG)

Troy isn't as highly regarded as some of the others on his team but that doesn't mean he's not as important.  His 3 defensive stops down 15 in the championship game might just be the biggest plays in the history of the program.  He changed momentum, energy, and instilled his team with toughness, and was instrumental in Bounce turning things around and coming out on top.  He's a defensive stud who's hoping his niche will earn him the division one call up.  


Daniel Dizerzawski, U-Play Canada (5-10, PG)

While we're very familiar with Daniel's game, we were once again impressed with what we saw.  His speed and ability to change gears is what makes him standout, but his decision making and ability to distribute the basketball are improving by the day.  Daniel is an undersized point guard who will need to hang his hat on applying ball pressure going forward.  He needs to become a pest who gets in your shorts and he's currently allowing guys to turn him too easily.  Offensively he's come a long way and continues to make strides in all facets of his game.  


15u Standouts

Marial Shayok, CIA Bounce (6-4, SG)

The 6-4 athletic guard is the best rebounding guard in our country at his age group.  He's also got all the tools to become a lockdown perimeter defender down the road.  He's not there yet in terms of his understanding of angles and giving all out efforton a consistent basis, but he shows flashes of being very difficult to score on.  Offensively his ball handling is getting better which has allowed him to become much more effective in the half court.  He can now beat people off the dribble and is a terrific finisher at the rim.  His jump shot is adequate and improving.  Look for Marial to continue to grow (his father and brother are both much taller) and to become a special shooting guard down the line.  Syracuse, Illinois, and New Mexico State were on hand to watch him play this week.  


Cassidy Ryan, CIA Bounce (6-6, F)

Another player who helped themselves this week was Cassidy.  He may not look like it, but he is tough as nails.  He doesn't back down from anyone.  In fact, he relishes the opportunity to play vs. physical players.  His jump shot is getting much better and he's extended his range this summer.  He also did a good job rebounding the basketball.  He wants to transition to the three and whether or not he's successful will be determined by his ability to quicken his feet, extend his range even more, and learn to put it on the deck.  He's a high motor guy who is a key ingredient on winning teams.  

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