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U15 National Championships: Day One Recap

Posted on 02. Aug, 2011 by nshulman8511 in Canada Spotlight, Tournaments

Toronto, ON-  It was an exciting first day at Nationals as we had the opportunity to learn some new names from all across the country.  It started with an overtime battle between New Foundland and Saskatchewan, and was followed by Ontario and B.C. flexing their muscles.  Here's a look at who caught our eye on opening day.  

 


 

Nolan Narain, Ontario (6-7, PF)

Nolan has all the tools to be a special stretch four down the line.  His ability to make shots facing the basket combined with his height/length make him one of the three best long term prospects we saw all day.  I was ultra impressed with his poise in the post and his ability to find the open teammate.  His ability to both pass and score on the low block as well as his ability to stretch the defense should make him a highly sought after Division One prospect when his time comes.  Modern day basketball is all about exploiting mismatches, and Nolan is tracking to provide just that no matter what type of opponent he faces. NS

 

Christopher Egi, Ontario (6-8, C)

While Nolan stretches the defense for Team Ontario, Egi controls the paint.  His toughness, length, and motor should make him the tournaments most effective rebounder.  His strength/desire allows him to rebound in his area, while his athleticism/length allow him to travel out of his area to clean the glass.  He should also be one of the tournaments most effective shot blockers.  He has great timing and a quick leap.  If he does his job and controls the paint, Ontario will be extremely tough to beat. NS 

 

Devonte Campbell, Ontario (6-4, SF)

Ontario didn’t have the start they were looking for against Manitoba in their opening game. While their full court press had gotten them back in the game, they still needed a quick spark off the bench to quell their scoring drought and Devonte gave them just that. Proving to be a nightmare to cover, he scored 4 straight baskets in the second quarter off of a variety of moves – including perimeter drives and offensive rebound putbacks – to give Ontario a 27-21 lead and confidence. BH

 

Michael Provenzano, Ontario (5-10, PG)

Naturally, some guys take time to get comfortable for any type of feel for the game. This kid showed he was ready from the opening tip. Michael plays the important role of team catalyst, setting the offence up, using his speed, and a fearless attitude that saw him taking charges and completing an And-1 layup after considerable contact that left him on the deck. BH

 

Hayden Lejeune, British Columbia (6-7, PF)

Quite the first impression from this athletic big man, who started off early with a defensive rebound, put the ball on the floor all the way to the other end, head-faked a trailing Quebec player looking to swat, pivoted and finished with his left hand. His athleticism came in handy inside, whether it is stuffing a helpless Quebec player looking for an easy two or using footwork to drive past or around them for a graceful deuce. BH
 

Jalen Jana, British Columbia (5-8, PG)

This tiny and heady point guard put on a great show in a surprisingly easy first game against defending Silver medallist, Quebec. He used blazing speed and good passing decisions to beat their pressure defences, while showing off a smooth floater going baseline or canning 3-point bombs with a high arc (despite an unusual follow-through). Maybe what was most impressive was his ability to read the opposing team’s passing lanes. If Quebec tried to push in transition, Jalen always got back to help and repeatedly picked off crosscourt passes, taking any chance of momentum turning in Quebec’s favour. BH

 

Colin Smith, Nova Scotia (6-4, PF)

While he may not be Scotia's best player, he's certainly there most intriguing.  His wingspan is absurd and his touch impressive.  He had a right hook over his left shoulder early that was pretty high level.  He also appeared to have adequate hands in traffic.  His ability to add strength to his frame will be the key as he currently has no control over his area.  He was pushed around in the paint and routinely lost rebounds to guys who had no business beating him to the basketball.  That said you can't teach length, and as a result Colin will be one to monitor over the next few years.  He only played 10 minutes on day one, but if Nova Scotia plans to compete with size of Ontario, Quebec, BC, they are going to need him to be effective. NS

 

Tristen Ross, Nova Scotia (6-1, PG)

Tristen is a year younger than nearly everyone in the tournament and yet his game takes on a very mature style.  He's your typical set up point guard in that he rarely makes mistakes and runs the Nova Scotian sets.  He's not going to beat you off the dribble, nor is he going to blow by you with his first step.  What he will do is initiate half court offense, move away from the basketball, and knock down open shots. NS

 

Patrick Murray, PEI (6-2, F)

More of a player than a prospect, Patrick was a bright spot in a tough loss to Nova Scotia.  He had 17 points on 7-14 shooting and showed he can score the ball from the paint and from mid range.  He seemed to be in the right place at the right time and had a good nose for the ball.  He'll need to quicken his feet and improve his skill set going forward.  He may not have a definitive long term position, but he was certainly productive in PEI's first game. NS 

 

Abdulaziz Atta, Quebec (6-5, F)

While it was his front court partner Lens-Harley Louis who came in with the reputation, it was Atta who had me excited.  He runs to the head of the rim in transition, contests and alters shots in the lane, gets on the offensive glass, and moves well laterally defensively.  He got a long way to go offensively though.  He needs to learn how to sit on guys deep in the post, needs a go to low post move, and also needs to improve his hands. NS 

 

Christian Greenland, Newfoundland (6-3, PF)

In their thriller overtime game against Saskatchewan to kick the Nationals off, Christian may have been undersized in the post, but knew exactly how to counter it. Not only did he (and his teammates) do a great job keeping their much bigger opponents off the offensive boards, but recognized, without hesitation, when he had an open perimeter shot to load and fire if the opportunity presented itself. Drilling 5 three-pointers and 26 points overall, it was his offensive rebound putback with 18.7 seconds left that gave them the lead in regulation. Unfortunately, the shooting well went dry for the team in overtime. BH
 

Atlee Simon, Saskatchewan (6-0, SG)

A returning member from SK’s team last year, Atlee had a slow start, but came through as an excellent attacker off the dribble, with natural gifts of explosive speed and hops. His shot began to drop consistently in Game 2 vs. Alberta, culminating in a 25-point performance that gave them a perfect 2-0 record. While his offensive game was on-par, he really needs to demonstrate more of a willingness to defend with consistency. BH

 

CIS SCHOOLS IN THE BUILDING

 

Lakehead, Acadia, Brock, Ryerson, Medicine Hat, York, Queen's, Windsor, St.Mary's, Winnipeg, UNBC, Saskatchewan, Humber, Medicine Hat, UBC

 

By Nolan Shulman + Barry Hayes

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