As day two kicked off at the Junior NPH Showcase, Mississauga Native, and Philadelphia 76ers shooter guard Nik Stauskas stepped into Hillfield Strathallan College.
His mission? To share his knowledge that he has gained over his 24-year journey to the top of the mountain in professional basketball to over 70 prospects at the Hamilton JR NPH Showcase.
“At every level you need to work harder” insisted Nik. “High school, College, the NBA, is all a weeding out process where only the strongest survive.”
He also offered good advice to the new grade nines who will be getting into the new realm of high school.
“I found it was easy to make the right friends though basketball,” explained Stauskas. “When I went away for prep school thats how I was able to connect with people.”
He did take his fair share of tough questions for the campers too as one kid shouted, “Why does DeMarcus Cousins get so many technical fouls!”
Nik turned to the NPH crew repeating the question out loud with a smirk, “He’s an emotional player” he responded.
TOP 24 Prospects
A lot was learned on day one of the showcase, and much like the Toronto Junior NPH Showcase, Hamilton was diverse in its talent, having prospects range from Windsor, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec.
|Team White||Hometown (Team)||Team Black||Hometown (Team)|
|Jefferson Koulibaly||Montreal, Quebec (Brookwood)||Courage Ogbeide||Toronto (CIA Bounce)|
|Luke DeGannes||Burlington, ON (UPlay)||Marc Galipeau||Windsor (STAG Elite Spartans)|
|Damien Jr. Robinson||Ottawa, ON (Ottawa Wolverines)||Marcus Rillings||Hamilton (Hamilton Wildcats)|
|Antonio Glaze||Brampton, ON (CIA Bounce)||Rodi Mazloum||Windsor (STAG Elite Spartans)|
|Isaac Graham||Hamilton, ON (Hamilton Wildcats)||John Junior Ikerdoah||Hamilton (S-Eite)|
|Jason Carter||Smithville, Ontario (Pelham Panthers)||David Piazza||Toronto (Motion Marksmen)|
|Quentin Hassell||Vaughan, Ontario (S-Elite)||Liam Craven||Hamilton (Blessed Sacrament)|
|Gabriel Rosete||Windsor, ON (STAG Elite Spartans)||Ethan Delacruz||Mississauga Monarchs|
|Nicolas Ciccolini||Ottawa, Ontario (Ottawa Next Level)||Amrit Sran||Windsor (The Family)|
|Liam Gilbert||Windsor, ON (STAG Elite Spartans)||Kwame Herod||Bolton (NBAC Hoops)|
|Ethan Foster||Hamilton, Ontario (UPlay)||Miles McArthur||
|Mathew Li||Vaughan, Ontario (Vaughan Panthers)||Damian Nath||Waterloo Wildhawks|
The final prospect game finished 70-58, for the White team as the MVP went to Jefferson Koulibaly (2021) who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assist, and 2 blocks and 2 steals.
Koulibaly was a high IQ, super athletic, and very skilled point guard coming out of Montreal, Quebec. Communication is such a key when it comes to Koulibaly who is a natural born leader. Displaying the confidence to run the show effectively, Koulibaly directed players he has never been around before. The next step in his progression is being able to allow the flow of the game to come to him, and not force the issue.
On the other side, Black’s MVP was Courage Ogbeide who finished with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and a assist.
Ogbeide (2021) was dominant in getting to the rack and is very comfortable turned and drop stepping from either shoulder. At this point he is also able to effectively play all 5 positions, and has the strength and size to move defenders effectively out of his way. With more fine tuning on his shot, and ability to attack left, Ogbeide will be a force.
Antonio Glaze (2021) was also a force for team white as his quickness, speed, and athleticism was at the forefront in his 10 point, 2 rebound, 2 assist effort.
The list of players who performed well goes on and for coaches that are interested in learning more through our in depth scouting reports, subscribe to NPH National Scouting Service for comprehensive coverage on Canada’s top prospects.
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Next stop for the NPH Showcase National camp circuit is Hamilton August 12-14th at McMaster!