Canadian National Player Rankings – #NPHTop10 2015
Another year passes and another class enters their senior year. Canada’s 2015 class is no different from previous ones in the sense that all of the top 10 players will play Division I basketball in the NCAA.
Most recently we have seen the top prospects from the 2012 and 2013 classes; such as Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas and Tyler Ennis enter the NBA draft and get selected as first rounders.
In the Canadian class of 2014, there are NBA prospects that will blossom on the NCAA scene in the upcoming season.
2015 is a little different in terms of fire power. We can’t look at this class and say that there are sure shot league bound prospects, however by next year this time, the tone can change as they continue turning weaknesses into strength.
The number one player in 2015 is Jalen Poyser, earned not given. We’ve seen maturity both, mentally and physically over the last 8 months and he has produced in multiple environments while facing up against projected high-major American talent.
He is expected to have a strong regular season with Orangeville Prep and will likely add to his list of offers as NCAA coaches continue to walk through the Athlete Institute doors.
DAndre Bernard is nowhere near complete, but he stands at 6’8 and had a very productive off-season having added to his offensive game at the wing spot.
In the big picture, he is an unknown, however North America will become familiar by season’s end.
Size and Expectation
The bigs in this class are projects that will look really solid by the end of the summer. Matt Neufeld is ranked the highest of the post players in this class at number six.
William Kohler is an NPH Showcase alumni that was first discovered two years ago in Manitoba. Since then he has grown six inches and has developed a skill set to go with his size. He’s coming off an MVP summer with team Manitoba who won a National Championship. Ivy League schools will be fond of the fact that he holds a 94% academic average.
Kyle Alexander has made some strides by competing in high level environments all summer. Alexander must use this year to focus on physical development with attention to gaining strength. He has basketball genes, with a sister, Kayla Alexander who plays in the WNBA. The potential is there, it just needs to be maximized and we feel he will be closer to being ready for the next level by the end of the 2015 season.
Production is Proof
Tried, tested and true; Calvin Epistola has arguably the strongest PG resume in the class of 2015, having performed at every level; OFSAA Champ & Co-MVP, Provincial Team PG, Toronto #NPHShowcase MVP and a strong outing at Jr National Team try outs. Epistola has earned his spot in the #NPHTop10 and it’s his to lose. Do yourself a favor and see what we mean by watching him in the high school season with defending champion Oakwood Barons. He has addressed his weakness this summer by adding muscle mass and strength.
2015 is shaping up
This #NPHTop10 is only a preview of the 2015 class as a North Pole Hoops Top 100 has been constructed– all will play at the next level– NCAA, CIS, CCAA & JUCO.
Expect change and fluctuation as the high school season kicks off!
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