With over 20 Division one and U-Sports coaches in attendance for Day 2, the CNIT continued to showcase some of the absolute best Canada has to offer in youth basketball. Here are some of the top performers and standouts after the second day of action.
Top Players of Day 2
C/O 2022 Dylan Kalambay (Canada Elite)
Dylan was a factor during almost every possession he was on the floor for Canada Elite on Day 2. The 6’6 forward shined just as much on the defensive end, with a few chase down blocks and intercepted passes, as he did on the offensive. Add in his solid touch under the rim and leaping ability, and you have one of the top class of 2022 players in the country.
C/O 2022 Andrew Robinson (Canada Elite)
Few players at Andrew’s age are capable of his offensive game. From up and under finishes through contact, to turn around fadeaways, the 6’5 forward was doing a little bit of everything when running the floor for Canada Elite today. should he and his fellow teammates continue to mesh the way they have so far at the CNIT, they will be a tough out on championship Sunday.
C/O 2022 Imran Armstrong (London Gold Medal)
Imran may very well have the highest IQ of any point guards in the 2022 class here at the CNIT. Imran never looked uncomfortable running the offence, even against some of the top ranked teams in the country. You were almost guaranteed a dazzling play from the young guard every time he brought it up the floor. From no look passes, to getting passes between defenders to the open man, to knocking down a deep three when his team needed it, he was a true joy to watch on day 2.If you get a chance to watch him play, make sure you bring your popcorn.
C/O 2021 Baron Bayne (Squadron Soldiers)
From chasing down opponents in the open floor for huge blocks, or knocking down outside shots, Baron has the athleticism and hustle to run with anyone in his class. The even tempered guard found ways to affect the game during his second outing when his shots weren’t falling, but he is still more than capable of filling up the bucket when he is in rhythm. One of the best two way players on day 2 with a solid form on his jumpshot.
C/O 2021 Jayven Ramlakhan (UPLAY Halton)
A high motor and high IQ player, what Jayven lacks in height he makes more than up for in his court vision and conditioning. Jayven has a great change of direction when handling the ball, and did an excellent job of finding his teammates when they rolled to the basket, or spotted up from deep. Jayven also had a knack for finding his way to the rim whenever opponents eased up on him, and was a fearless defender all along the perimeter, showing off his lateral quickness.
C/O 2019 Emanuel Otong (Waterloo Wolverines)
One of the most athletic wings at this year’s CNIT, Emanuel can fly to the rim whenever he needs to. What makes him so special, though, is how few strides he has to take to get up and down the floor. Add in his defensive discipline and tenacity when taking on multiple positions defensively, and you have an efficient, long wing, that will be a welcome addition to any division one program looking for such a player.
C/O 2019 Jahcobi Neath (Grassroots Elite)
Explosive would be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Jahcobi. The 2019 guard had a great day getting to the rim, making for some easy points from the line. He also showed a smooth form from deep, and managed to set up teammates whenever all of the defensive attention was on him. Grassroots will be a tough out on Sunday, and Jahcobi will be one of the reasons why.