Coral Springs, FL-When the NPH #1 ranked Father Henry Carr Crusaders arrived at the 22nd Annual Kreul Classic in Coral Springs, Florida earlier in the week, they were overlooked.
They played their first game on the back court, separated from the main stands by a long curtain, being watched by only a handful of fans and scouts.
By the week’s end, however, the Crusaders (and specifically guard Tramique Sutherland) were the talk of the tournament. With a knack for close games, the Toronto high school started the tournament off with a bang, edging out nationally ranked big man Tonye Jekiri and Champagnat (FL) by one, 52-51.
They then narrowly defeated Pines Charter (FL) in a double overtime thriller, before coming up just short in the championship game, falling 41-38 to Collegiate (NY).
The team played their hearts out and proved even further that Canadian basketball is on the rise and here to stay.
Guard Tramique Sutherland has to be the player of the tournament. The senior averaged 20, eight, and three over the course of the three games, and led the team as a floor general and shut-down defensive stud, in addition to leading the team in points (he scored 17 of his team’s 38 points in the finals).
Sutherland also displayed many of the unteachable intangibles that college coaches so often desire, such as performing under pressure and possessing the ability to see things develop on the floor before they happen.
Although he does not yet have any D1 offers, expect Tramique to soon pick up interest from an array of top programs.
Another Canadian team, St. George’s (BC), took part in the Classic. They competed hard throughout, and finished the tournament with a tough loss in the consolation game to Miramar (FL), 69-47.
Kreul Classic NPH All-Canadian Team:
Tramique Sutherland-G-Father Carr – Selected to tournament All-star team***
Josh Bell-G-Father Henry Carr
Tre Boutillier-G-Father Henry Carr
Shane Osayande-F-Father Henry Carr
Milan Mitrovic-F-St. George’s