The preseason and early season games have given a strong indication of how the Canadian 2018 class is shaping up in terms of development and upside. NCAA recruitment of some of these guys has rocketed while others are becoming bigger names on the coaching scene.

Over the summer five of the names below (Simi Shittu, Ignas Brazdeikis, Emmanuel Akot, Noah Kirkwood and Daniel Sackey) participated on our Canadian National Team during the U17 FIBA World Championships, while others showcased their talent on the AAU circuit in front of hundreds of NCAA coaches. It is also expected that Canada Basketball will offer an invitation to Lugentz Dort in next year’s National team camps.

Out of everyone in this class, Dort is the most ready for the next level from a physical and mental standpoint. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him opt out of a post-grad year and commit for 2017.

Through extensive evaluation on next season’s graduating class, we have compiled a list of the top 20 Canadians in 2018.



Top 10 Recruitement

Simisola “Simi” Shittu | 6’10 | F | Vermont

Simi is getting a lot of freedom to develop as a point-forward. The offense runs through him a lot at Vermont. All-world athleticism, shot blocking, rim ripping and now a developing handle. He’s shaping up to be a dangerous talent.

UConn, Okalahoma, Arizona, Louisville, Washington, UCLA, Maryland are the heaviest in the mix with Simi. There is an onslaught of others who have offered as well.

Kentucky, Baylor and North Carolina have been more in contact as of late and are starting to make a push for Canada’s number one 2018 prospect.

Lugentz Dort | 6’4 | G | Arlington Country Day

The term “Beast Mode” does not apply because Beast is the only mode this prospect plays in from the moment that ball tips to the moment the last buzzer sounds. Perhaps the most next level ready from this crop of Canadians. Oozing with NBA potential.

Louisville, Oregon, Florida, Baylor. Freshest offers from mid November came from UNLV and St. John’s.

Emmanuel Akot | 6’8 | F | Wasatch Academy

So efficient and can operate and be a plus when the ball is not his hand. Freak athleticism coupled with long limbs that are starting to beef up. Very bright future as the ball handling continues to develop.

Emmanuel Akot has narrowed his list down to four; Arizona, Louisville, Oregon and Utah.

Ignas Brazdeikis | 6’7 | F/SG | Orangeville Prep

He’s transformed his body, added athleticism and strength and is still a knock down shooter with versatility to take it off the dribble. He’s having a spectacular season early on with a list of games recording double-doubles.

Ignas took an unofficial visit to Michigan last week and has heard from many others. Baylor, UMass, SMU, Denver, Southern Utah, Niagara, Canisius, St. Bonaventure, UNLV, Oregon, Tennessee have all offered.

New interest from Pitt and Virginia Tech

Jaelin Llewellyn | 6’2 | PG | Virginia Episcopal

Elite skill. As the body continues to fill in, stock continues to rise. Confidence this year is on another level, as well enabling him to score in bunches and blow by defenders for to set the table for teammates…Stock rising

Hearing most from Pitt, Virginia, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Providence, Creighton.

Texas and Kentucky are latest to get involved and have come in to watch him in practice and game.

Emmanuel Bandoumel | 6’5 | PG/SG | Jean-de-Brébeuf

Has played every position in his young career and is currently getting major minutes at PG with Brebeuf. Bandoumel is an underrated passer and play maker. Two way player.

Oklahoma was the latest to come in and see Emmanuel in practice. Schools that have visited Brebeuf for workouts include Richmond and La Salle.

Potentially the biggest sleeper in the class.

Noah Kirkwood | 6’5 | Guard | Ashbury College

Diverse skill set, equipped with a handle variety of breakdown moves. Ultra skilled as a play maker and scorer.

With the transition to the guard spot Noah’s recruitment has spiked up. George Washington, Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure, Texas, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wichita State, Wisconsin.

Junior Farquhar | 6’2 | PG | Orangeville Prep

Dynamite athlete, quick burst and a tight handle. A prospect that can lead a team, set up teammates and get buckets.

Baylor was one of the first to offer him way back in 2014. New Mexico, Tulsa and USC are also official offers.

Farquhar has also been hearing from Memphis often.

Kaosi Ezeagu | 6’10 | C | Hamilton Heights

Under the radar, yet coaches starting to notice assets as a defensive presence and pick and roll player. Ezeagu will be highly recruited when its said and done.

Currently holds no offers.

Keshaun Saunders | 6’4 | Guard | Orangeville Prep

Keshaun has unleashed this season and has been bringing out the alpha in every game. Slashes often and moves well without the ball. The bunnies have also been way more on display this season.

Current list of offers includes; Illinois, Northern Arizona, New Mexico, St. Bonaventure, Southern Utah, UMass and USC.

Editorial Staff

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8 thoughts on “2018 Canadian Top 20 Player Rankings

  1. Daniel says:

    Just watched the chancellor tournament in Hamilton this weekend and saw some talented 2018 prospects.
    Firstly guard Blake Anderson of Bishop Tonnos is a talented point guard with one of the best 3 point shots in the class. He broke the record for PPG in the tournament averaging over 30 points per game. Although I don’t think he would be considered a top level prospect in this class he’s a talented scorer and could develop into a top CIS player or even make his way to a smaller D1 program in the states.
    Next the gold medalist St. Paul’s were led by MVP and 2018 guard/forward Sefa Otchere a 6 ft 5 wing. The Niagra prospect has ridiculous athletism and a smooth outside game. He showed he’s a dominant player in Ontario and him and his 6 ft 7 younger brother Asare Otchere have put St. Paul’s on the map as a top contender for OFSAA gold.

  2. jp says:

    Some entertaining basketball out in Durham region. Just watched an exciting match between Pine ridge and Ajax Notre Dame. ND won by 7.No one talking much about the true high school scene these days but these teams deserve some respect. Hope to take in the St. Mikes this tournament looks to have some good teams of TRUE high school calibre.

  3. Ellison says:

    Highschool Rankings
    1. St. Michaels College
    2. St. Benedict’s
    3. Ashbury College
    4. West Humber
    5. St. John’s Kilmarnock
    6. Cardinal Newman
    7. St. Paul’s
    8. St. Joseph’s
    9. St. Francis Xavier
    10. Sarnia Northern

    1. Ellison says:

      Bubble Teams Norte Dame (Ajax), Pine Ridge, St. Marcellinus, Cardinal Ambrozic, Oakwood, Martingrove, Brampton Centennial, Central Tech HS, Pickering, Emery, St. Augustine, Holy Names, Bishop Reding, JC Richardson.

  4. jp says:

    Was wondering if all these top 10 teams are all eligible for ofssaa.It looks like Asbury came out of the blue only a private school with an enrollment of 550 students from Ottawa? Does any one no if any one is doing a top 10 ranking? Toronto star and the Sun use to do both GTA and provincial rankings & hooptown gta generally stops every year after mid Dec. doing their rankings. Sad state of affairs for high school basketball\ in Ontario.

  5. Ellison says:

    @JP I haven’t found anything as far as rankings other than hooptownGTA. All those teams are indeed ofsaa eligible. Ashbury has a big 3 of grade 12 students in Noah Kirkwood, Loyd Pandi, and Owen Boisvert. They were the favourites for AA ofsaa gold last season but ended up coming 2nd Losing to Bishop McDonnell in finals. AA favourites again this season.

  6. beerleaguer says:

    its funny how northpole hoops use to cover the high school scene but since they have established there prep league they disappear …. guess there money to be made in the prep league …especially from the players who are the # 7, 8,9 10 on the roster somebody has to pay for the star players tickets to the tournaments …..

  7. Bol Kuoth says:

    Canada’s western regions have some SERIOUS Talent but all you do is overlook the west ( BC, AB, SK, MB) everything has to be about the East, I’m telling you there is some major talent that isn’t being recognized and it’s sad because there are some guys out here that can have a bright future through basketball and no one wants to know about them. North Pole Hoops please step up your game in the West.

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