WACO, TX–The Burlington, Ontario product by the name of Brady Heslip has flown under the radar for the past two years since blowing up on the AAU circuit, playing for Grassroots Canada.
Heslip was originally committed to Guelph University in Canada (CIS) until he travelled the AAU circuit and was identified by several NCAA scouts in the summer, eventually committing to Boston College.
Prior to attending BC, Heslip played prep with New Hampton [same school that Canadian Olivier Hanlan currently plays at].
“It’s been my dream my whole career to play in the NCAA,” said Heslip.
However, after Coach Al Skinner of Boston College was let go, Heslip’s dream was further delayed as he transferred to Baylor where he would have to sit out another year due to NCAA transfer rules.
“I can’t wait to play, I’ve been waiting all year. I don’t need any extra motivation, I’m in the gym all day, every day,” explained Heslip.
The Baylor Bears will be a force in the BIG 12 next season as Heslip will be active, star Forward Perry Jones is back for more [as opposed to entering NBA draft] and Jordan Brand All-American Quincy Miller will be entering his freshman season to combine for a horrifying front line.
“Our team is one of the most talented squads in the NCAA on paper,” he confidently stated.
No arguements there.
Heslip however, will be looking to torch the BIG 12 on the perimeter with his sniper rifle and improved agility.
This Canadian is the nephew of former Toronto Raptor Head Coach, Jay Triano and son of Tom Heslip, former CIS All-Canadian at Guelph University.
Clearly, the sport of basketball runs deep through Brady’s arteries as he is on a never-ending journey for improvement.
Last summer, NPH witnessed Heslip torch a competitive UTM Summer League en route to averaging 38 points per game! This league featured former and current CIS/CCAA stars including a handful of European pros.
Since then, Heslip has shed 20 pounds [from 195 Lbs. to 175 Lbs] improved lateral quickness and will look to provide Baylor with a lot more than shooting.
“I see myself as a leader…I think the game through, making good passes, and have a good understanding of spacing.”
The Baylor Bears aim to improve on their 18-13 overall record (7-9 BIG 12) while spearheaded by Perry Jones and Quincy Miller. With Heslip’s absence in the last few years, it will be interesting to see how he responds on the court in the NCAA.
–Brady Heslip has already been involved with Canada’s National senior development team that was composed of players such as Denham Brown, Jevohn Shepherd and Kelly Olynyk to name a few.
-Heslip also informed NPH that he received a national team tryout invite for this summer.
On former Toronto Raptors Coach and uncle, Jay Triano:
“He gained a lot of people’s respect and he’s an amazing basketball mind. I am sure his coaching career will continue in the NBA.”
PHOTO COURTESY: BAYLOR ATHLETICS