BRAMPTON, ON–The Caribana Classic hosted by CIA Bounce took place this past weekend in Ontario, providing NCAA programs (from high-major to low) a final opportunity during the live period to recruit Canada’s rising talent.
“It means a lot…Canada is not like New York or New Jersey, it’s out of the way for them. If their coming here for us, it’s just for us,” explained Tyler Ennis.
“For them to come up, spend time to watch us play in our camp it shows how much their interested in us,” he continued.
Ennis mentioned Louisville, Syracuse, Illinois, UCLA, and Villanova as the programs recruiting him the hardest, and although he did not play on day two (due to fatigue), he understands the importance of their presence.
It has been a gruelling summer for the lead guard, playing at the FIBA Americas with the Canadian Junior national followed by a long AAU season.
“Everybody has a little knick-knack injury…I think everybody is going to take a long rest after this to get their body back.”
Andrew Wiggins included.
Wiggins, who was also in attendance at the Caribana Classic has used up just as much mileage as Ennis, from the junior national team to AAU basketball.
“AAU season has me worn out but right now I’m trying to relax, enjoy time with my family and friends before the summer is over because I know next year and the next couple years are going to be crazy for me,” said Wiggins.
Kentucky’s John Calipari and Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton, who are recruiting Wiggins the hardest, were in attendance on both days.
Following a classic performance against Julius Randle and the Texas Titans at Peach Jam, the Canadian phenom has silenced any doubters that were leftover from the high school season. Currently in the class of 2014, the reclassification of the number one prospect to 2013 is certainly a possibility.
What is there left to prove?
“Nothing. I got nothing to prove…I proved myself over the summer and over the course of the year.”