Signature League Season Ends, Playoffs Loom Next
As the finale to the signature leagues session took place, there was one thing on all the players, coaches and even spectators minds – playoffs.
After a three session season each division has its standings set and will look forward to competing for the championship.
For the ninth grade division, London Gold Medal came out on top going 5-1 in pool play behind the strong play of their highflyer and C/O 2022 standout Shaedon Sharpe.
Sharpe is a two-sport prospect that competes both in football and basketball, nevertheless showing off his top of the line athletics with his ability to soar through the air and finish above the rim.
C/O 2022 Keanan Thompson, Imran Armstrong and Lehiem Cowan also play a huge part on this talented gold medal team looking to build this core as one of the best within their age division.
Monarchs Patterson and UPlay blue have also been big players in the pool along with UPlay 2023 and Vaughan. These teams have fluctuated throughout the season hitting their highs, moving through the lows and finishing off looking to get hot going into post-season play.
Monarchs Steward and team Natty round out the pool as both have struggled, but are still able to provide a punch going forward.
The tenth grade division is highlighted by Monarchs Kerr who have been able to put together some impressive wins beating both Project Excellence and Grassroots.
C/O 2021 Riley Curtis came onto the scene with the monarchs as a former national team player with Australia. Riley just recently made his way over to Canada all the while leaving a last impression on the court.
A strong combo guard, Riley can shoot the ball, defend his position and also has sneaky athleticism – definitely a new prospect to add in the class.
Project Excellence have had a good season and have solid pieces at every position – C/O 2021 PF Marlon Lestin, PG Jayden Jack, and SF Rowan Steele are just some names that have led this team throughout.
Grassroots brings in C/O 2021 Kevonne Marshall at point guard as the fuel that makes the engine run. Along with rising star and running mate C/O 2021 Matthew Nelsons, look for Grassroots to be a tough match up in the playoffs.
UPlay, Etibicoke, and Squadron Basketball are other teams that are continuing to make adjustments and find their rhythm.
The eleventh grade division boasts one of the toughest teams regardless of age group in UPlay Canada.
C/O 2021 Tyler Delevante, Kordell Charles, Muon Reath, Jonathan Avgousti, and Charles Bediako are just some of the stars on this team as the entire roster is stacked from top to bottom. Most notably, C/O 2022 Ryan Nembhard running the show at point – and excelling at it.
Key Hoops, team 519 and Monarchs look like they maybe able to compete but they have not shown it up to now. Do not let it surprise you however if and when these teams come hungry coming into the playoffs.
The final division at the twelfth grade might be the most interesting.
Mississauga Monarchs Fowler ended group play undefeated and are by far the most complete team in the Signature league as all players contribute in multiple ways on a consistent bases.
UPlay, Waterloo Wolverines, Wolverine Elite, and Peoples basketball are all teams that will be in the running and will have a legitimately chance on any given night if their opponents don’t come ready to play– and that includes within each other.