HALIFAX, NS--This past weekend, the second annual 902 Prospect Game took place at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The prospect Game was founded by Coach Jerome Sparks (formerly of Millwood and Cole Harbour High Schools) for the purpose of getting Nova Scotia’s best players on the same court to be evaluated.
In the inaugral game in 2011, Marquis Clayton who is coming off an outstanding freshman year at St FX was named Mr Basketball 902.
This years event was another exceptionally run year which included 2012 prospects Lorenzo Parker-Horton (UPEI commit), Shawn Lucas-Millwood, and up and comers Davonte Provo-Auburn 2013, Alex Thomas-Horton 2013, Alfred Burgesson-Halifax Grammar 2014 and Nathaniel Skeete-Prince Andrew 2014.
The game belonged to Shawn Lucas who was crowned Mr Basketball 902 for his strong play throughout the game.
Shawn’s superior athleticism allowed him to “carve up” who ever tried to defend him as he got into the lane any time he wanted and scored at will. He also demonstrated strong guard play by distributing the ball at opportune times like at the end of the first half when the lane collapsed on a screen play, he cooly dished the ball for an easy three to Nathaniel Skeete.
Lucas also pounded the glass and outrebonded the bigs as well as the guards and played strong defense. After the game, Lucas expressed, “it feels pretty good, I just played hard,” referring to performance.
This years game was also highlighted by a few unknown players from smaller schools in Nova Scotia. Adam MacNeil a 6-2 combo Guard from Middleton High School and Andrew Chase, a 6-4 shooting guard from Northeast Educational Centre had excellent showings and demonstrated their abilities as strong CIS prospects.
MacNeil demonstrated the complete package by scoring from behind the arc, in the mid range and at the rim and paraded to the foul line as he used his body to draw contact and fouls when his team needed points.
Andrew Chase used his large frame to get into the mid range and create scoring opportunities there and at the rim. He is normally an excllent long range shooter but showed maturity by attacking the smaller weaker guards into the paint. Andrew was also selected as a 2012 902 Prospect Top Forward despite being a guard.
Both MacNeil and Chase are attending Acadia University next year as walk ons.
Other award winners:
- Luke Nickerson, Yarmouth, Committed to Holland College
- Lorenzo Parker, Horton, Committed to UPEI
- Nathaniel Skeete, Prince Andrew (2014)
- Dakota Clyke-Dixon, Cole Harbour (2015)
- Jordan Colley, Millwood 2012 Undecided