Who is the best Canadian High School Basketball Player of all-time?

Who is the best Canadian High School Basketball Player of all-time?

Following a week long poll that received great feedback by over 700 voters from across the country, and no shortage of debate, Andrew Wiggins sits on top of the mountain, receiving 32% of the total vote on “Who is The Best Canadian High School Basketball Player of All-Time?”

And it only makes sense right?

After all, the 6’7 swing man is expected to be the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Like all the other players on the list, Wiggins did not attend all years of high school in Canada, transferring to Huntington Prep following his sophomore season. But could you imagine the onslaught that would have taken place had he remained at Vaughan for the entirety of his high school career?

Could have been scary.

Trailing Wiggins are two names that current youth aren’t as familiar with, but should be: Bobby Allen who received 17% of the total vote, and overlapped Phil Dixon (14%) in the process after Dixon held slim lead throughout the duration of the NPH Poll.


Who Was Missed?

There is a rich Canadian basketball history that goes deeper than the past five years, despite popular belief. Countless players have come through and terrorized the high school scene, needing a longer list to do justice for the past.

However, here are other names that consistently came up from all the feedback that we received, who had outstanidng HS careers (in no particular order).

  • Levonn Kendall (Kitsilano)
  • Rowan Barrett (West Hill)
  • Sherman Hamilton (Westwood)
  • Richard Stewart (Kings Christian)
  • Greg Newton (AN Myers)
  • Devoe Joseph (Pickering)
  • Dave Coulthard (Tilsonburg)
  • Wayne Robertson (Runnymede)
  • Kelly Olynyk (South Kamloops)
  • Norm Clarke (Oakwood)
  • Bill Wennington (Long Island Lutheran via Montreal)
  • Eli Pasquale (Lockerby)
  • Wayne Robertson (Runnymede)


Devoe Joseph (Pickering) OFSAA Game-Winner against Eastern Commerce


Best Commentary

For a week straight, there was great feedback frm people both on NPH and in the basketball community, sharing their thoughts and opinions. Here are some of the stand outs:

These results will be skewed. I’m what you consider an old head. I played ball in T.O. in the early 1980′s and there are several great players who played many people voting in this poll have never heard of. Guys like Owen Officer, Marvin Russell, Pat Jebbison, Mark Henry, Gerry Henry, Rowan Barrett, Sherman Hamilton, Rocky Llewellyn, Bobby Llewellyn, Darren Thomas, Richard Stewart, Norm Clarke, etc…I could go on for days with names. A poll like this will always be skewed to the newer generation because the younger folks never saw these guys play or played against them like I have. With all due respect, Wiggins only played 1 year in Canada so again these “polls” need to be taken with a grain of salt. For the most part, the guys I mentioned did their time and played 5 years (remember grade 13???) before heading off to University/College – DB

Woah, that Mohamed dude can ball – watched the video! What about Devoe Joseph at Pickering? He was dominant in highschool no? I watched dude drop 37 points in 3 quarters against one of the top defensive guys in the city and they benched him for the 4th. He made it look too easy. – Ballerific

Dr. Dixon Bar none! No disrespect to the rest but Dixon played in the era when real ball players dominated the court. The defense was way more intense when Dix played and for the first couple seasons there was no 3 point line when he was draining them just over half court. Dix was smooth. Honorable mention to Wayne Robertson (the Fridge) All American for New Hamp. who opted out of the NBA Draft but was a force to recon with in high school (Runnymede Redman) – Sweets

Bobby Allen who reigned supreme out of Morningstar Secondary in Malton, along with Shermon Hamilton. The new kids on the blocks have the luxury of internet, you tube videos, and social media. This helps to get their faces out faster to a wider audience. But Bobby Allen packed gyms with his highlight dunks, and explosive talent. Nice to see how far Canadian talent has moved into the NBA its great for Canadian balllers to finally get the respect they deserve, good stuff to the new generation of Andrew Wiggins lets keep it going.- Conrad Rattray


Who is The Best Canadian High School Basketball Player of All-Time?

  • Andrew Wiggins (32%, 236 Votes)
  • Bobby Allen (17%, 122 Votes)
  • Phil Dixon (14%, 103 Votes)
  • Steve Nash (11%, 81 Votes)
  • Denham Brown (7%, 54 Votes)
  • Other (6%, 43 Votes)
  • Todd McCullough (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Mohamed Hachad (3%, 21 Votes)
  • Leo Rautins (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Maurice Joseph (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Carl English (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Wayne Yearwood (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Jamaal Magloire (1%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 736

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19 thoughts on “Andrew Wiggins Voted Best Canadian HS Player of All-Time…Bobby Allen, Phil Dixon in the Mix

  1. John Metcalfe says:

    Interesting discussion that would not have had much debate about 10-15 years ago. If you judge on high school career alone, I would suggest Andrew would be near the top as he led Vaughn to two OFSAA titles when he was in Grade 9 and 10 and I don’t think anyone on the list has that on their resume? However, like anything, unless there is some criteria that would be in place to try to compare players through the last 40-50 years, then it may make it easier to say. The reason for that comment is that Bob Croft of Hamilton, who was the first Canadian to gain a Division 1 NCAA ride at Tennessee in the late 1960s, passed away a few weeks ago and when you are first at something , that should get you in the conversation? Interesting topic, but, Mr. Wiggins certainly deserves to be in the discussion based on his high school career!!

  2. Shawn Newton says:

    Yup I played against Phil Dixon, he beat my George harvey team in the city championship tourney and had a 37 that surprised everyone! I grew up watching Mark Henry, Rocky and marvin Russel play great over time games, in packed Toronto gyms dunking all over each other. Don’t forget that guy that played for UCLA ( huge vert) Charles Rochelin TO ball summer league games were great! Its a new era now!

  3. jody McCulloh says:

    What about Mike Brkovich from WD Lowe in Windsor. Started at MSU on the national championship team.

  4. Harry Kandilas says:

    John kijonic from Hamilton. Played for cathedral and they beat soooo many teams in the US and this guy could shoot and dunk and pass. Loved him.

  5. Jim Thomas says:

    His last name is spelled Kijonek not Kijonic He is polish Canadian not serb Canadian. Get your facts straight

  6. Chris Van Zyl says:

    Jim telling people how to spell names correctly. Ha.

  7. Jim Thomas says:

    Chris Van Zyl. One of the greatest scam artists of all time in Canadian basket ball. You still owe many people in the .community money from those tournaments you ran many years ago. Every thing you touched turned into a disaster. Crawl back under your rock.

  8. carlson verstepien says:

    Bobby Allen was a great player. The best ever out of Toronto

  9. carlson verstepien says:

    Phil Dixon had a motor like no other

  10. carlson verstepien says:

    Bobby Llewelyn is a Toronto Legend

  11. carlson verstepien says:

    Jamal Magloire is top 5

  12. carlson verstepien says:

    Andrew Wiggins is HOFer Potential if he stays healthy

  13. carlson verstepien says:

    Leo Rautins is top 10 out of Toronto

  14. carlson verstepien says:

    Denham Brown top 5

  15. carlson verstepien says:

    Corey Joseph top 10

  16. carlson verstepien says:

    Tristan Thompson top 10

  17. carlson verstepien says:

    Jay Triano top 20

  18. carlson verstepien says:

    Ray Tone of Eastern Commerce top 20

  19. carlson verstepien says:

    Top 3
    Steve Nash
    Andrew Wiggins
    Tristan Thompson

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