NPH Platform Marquee Matchups, Highlighted by Two NCAA-bound Prospects
MISSISSAUGA, ON–After some great family time coupled with a load of high-quality NBA games for Christmas, it is back to business.
The first-ever NPH Platform will take place tomorrow in Mississauga and the team has been busy chalking up proposed matchups for all the talent in attendance.
Grant Mullins vs Naz Long
This guard matchup is likely the most anticipated for multiple reasons with the most obvious being that both players are NCAA-bound. Mullins is heading to Columbia University in the Ivy League, and Long to Iowa State in the Big 12.
Both prospects have put up big numbers this high school season while capturing several MVP awards and most importantly lifting their teams to various tournament wins.
In addition, both players can perform at either guard position at a high level, yet it will be very interesting to see what happens when they are matched up against each other.
Kaza Keane vs Trevon McNeil
This lead guard matchup willl be a treat. At the Canada Basketball I.D session a few days ago, we had the opportunity to see them compete in a drill setting. However, it will be interesting to see how they perform head-to-head in game setting.
Keane has already made a name for himself south of the border while anchoring CFCA to a strong first half of the season. Keane is currently being recruited by NCAA programs such as Arizona, Georgetown, Michigan State, Marquette, Rhode Island to name a few.
However, McNeil has been somewhat of a hidden gem that truly cemented his name at the Mark Walton invitational just over a month ago. Last time we checked, this lead guard had no more than 5 CIS schools recruiting him. From what we’ve gathered, he undoubtedly looks like an NCAA calibre player. This will be his chance, along with others in attendance to prove exactly where they stand.
Outside of Tyler Ennis, Keane and McNeil currently look like the top Canadian point guards in 2013. (We would have loved to have Ennis at the NPH Platform, along with Isaiah Watkins, however both have a game with St. Benedicts)
Jamal Reynolds vs Moe Ismail
Expect a slug fest in this matchup! Both Reynolds and Ismail have built their repuations on putting the ball in the hole. Reynolds has been terrorizing the Durham region putting up major numbers and easily averaging over 30 PPG, along with a season-high 53 points. Ismail possesses a similar resume, except most of his damage is suffered by teams and players in the Hamilton region.
Matching up these two studs will allow us to continue examining their talent level while also focusing on potential weaknesses. Stay tuned!
Malcolm Duvivier vs. Emmanuel Owootoah
This is a matchup of two elite point guards in the class of 2014. Duvivier was a member of the National Cadet team and currently plays high school basketball at St Mikes alongside NPH #7-ranked Duane Notice.
Owootoah has been a problem on the high school scene for Martingrove as nobody has been able to stay in front of this speedy lead guard. Vision, speed, passing ability, “E-man” possesses many elements of the ideal PG. This matchup against Duvivier will be a tough one; where Owootoah has the upper hand in speed and agility, he gives up strength and athleticism to Duvivier.
Kiefer Douse vs. Camall Brown
Matthew Atewe vs. Matthew Beckford
Rohan Boney vs. Abednego Lufile
Donelle Munda vs Kashrell Lawrence
Location: Huron Park Recreation Centre
Address: 830 Paisley Blvd W Mississauga, Ontario
Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Spectator Entrance Fee: $3.00 (LIMITED CAPACITY)