NPH Top Performers
- Ryan Delwo- 28 pts, 5 rbs (10-19 FG) – Saskatchewan
- Erik Nissen- 26 pts, 8 rbs – New Brunswick
- Junior Sesay- 20 pts, 5 rbs- Manitoba
- Patrick Murray- 15 pts, 8 rbs- Prince Edward Island
- Alex Hart- 22 pts, 8 rbs, 2 blks- British Columbia
- Montell Lindgren- 10 pts, 7 rbs, 7 ast, 2 stl – British Columbia
- Travis Adams– 31 pts, 12 rbs, 2 stl – Nova Scotia
- Noah Daoust- 31 pts, 12 rbs, 3 blk – Quebec
- Abdul Atta– 22 pts, 8 rbs- Quebec
- Daniel Foo- 13 pts, 3 rbs (8-12 FT)
SHERBROOKE, QC– The fireworks have popped off and the Canadian national championships are well under way. The U15 and U17 age groups will be analyzed by the NPH team throughout a full week of basketball to ensure all deserving prospects are put on the national radar. We have already seen a great deal of talent from across the country through various NPH showcases, however there are still many more we will be witnessing for the first time at nationals!
Arriving to Sherbrooke behind schedule, the two games I watched were British Columbia against Nova Scotia, and Quebec against Newfoundland. However, the full week will be ample time to catch every team from both age groups at least once.
It was British Columbia’s size going up against Nova Scotia’s grit and uptempo game. On every occasion possible, NS Head Coach Matt Skinn had his team pushing the ball due to a heavy amount of capable guards on the roster.
However, the biggest player on the floor, 6’11 Alex Hart was the x-factor on both ends, blocking and altering shots on D, while scoring on the interior with consistency.
“We wanted to stick to our game plan…pound it inside and kick it to the open shooters when available,” Hart told NPH.
Alex Hart (2013 6’11 C) is currently UNRECRUITED on the NCAA level outside of some light interest from Washington State. This will change almost instantly.
Another player that really let the game come to him was BC lead guard Montell Lindgren, who acted the part of floor general, and did a good job of distributing.
For Nova Scotia, it was Travis Adams, NPH East Coast Showcase MVP that registered a monster stat line on day one of Nationals, as you can see above. Despite the loss for Scotia, expect the team to come back strong and just as hungry. They have some nice pieces to make a good run once again…remember they are nationals finalists last year, losing to champion Ontario.
Quebec vs Newfoundland was another David vs. Goliath storyline both figuratively and physically. The Quebec team possess some big boys in the line up including 6’8 Noah Daoust who has a wide frame and an aggressive demeanour. Daoust was brilliant on both ends. Daoust was unstoppable inside on offence, and a major defensive presence on the other end.
Abdul Atta (Quebec Showcase Alumni), shared the dominance with Daoust on the inside. It was a blowout victory for Quebec, but we are looking forward to seeing how these bigs react when tested. As for their guards, Richardson Maitre, Javon Joseph, and Daniel Levitt did a good job of distributing registering six, four and three assists respectively.
Day 1 U17 Results