The Adidas Tri-City Top 40 camp is back again to highlight some of the top underclassmen prospects in the region [Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford, Cambridge] May 3-5 at Core facility.
There is no shortage of talent in this area and it was evident from last year’s event where NPH discovered Jamal Murray, now a name recognized worldwide in basketball circles as he was recently named Jordan Brand Classic MVP, a game that featured some of the world’s top rising prospects.
In addition to Murray, there were several other players that entered the NPH National High School Rankings.
Imad Qahwash (Central Arkansas/ NCAA) & current professional basketball player will once again play host to the Adidas Tri-City Top 40.
The Kitchener product (Grand River Secondary) was invited to an NBA D-League camp last fall with the Los Angeles D-fenders, the affiliate team for the L.A Lakers, and gained great experience which he took with him to China this past season playing in the CBA (Chinese Basketball League).
In his first season with Jiangsu, Qahwash averaged 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4.7 assist (top 7 in CBA), on over 61% shooting and 46% from deep (top 5) in only 20 minutes per game.
The 6’2 lead guard competed against the likes of former NBA stars Stephon Marbury, Gilbert Arenas, and Tracy McGrady.
Qahwash will continue to share his basketball experiences with the next generation of aspiring basketball players from the Tri-City, while also providing guidance and motivation.
“Nothing is given to you, you have to work hard for everything you get. Players these days play and feel like there’s something owed to them,” explained Qahwash.
“You’re going to run into a lot of walls but you can’t let it stop you. This is what separates players apart and shows between the guys who are taking this seriously and the guys who are treating it as a hobbie.”
Essentially, the Tri-City Top 40 is about opportunity, something that wasn’t as easily provided to players only five to ten years ago, and beyond. Qahwash remains in touch with camp alumni, including the aforementioned Murray.
“I’m very proud of him and the strides he’s taken. When I spoke to him, we spoke about this being the start. He’s a very humble kid.”
NPH will certainly look to discover the next crop of talent from the region at the 2012-2013 edition of the Adidas Tri-City Top 40.
Stay tuned for more details within the coming week, including an official Top 40 prospect list.