SACKVILLE, NB–A weekend full of sweat and determination, all lead to the Top Prospect Game on Sunday that saw Alfred Burgesson and Dyon Mason power Team White over Team Black 91-72.
Twenty of the top performers throughout the weekend were selected after evaluating showcase participants throughout three days. In addition to evaluating the players on-court productivity, we were able to learn about the full player from personality, to work ethic and
Burgesson, a 6’4 sophomore wing from Halifax Grammar lead all scorers with a game-high 26 points, displaying a consistent perimeter game while being assertive offensively to carry his team.
Along with Burgesson, 2014 6’1 guard Dyon Mason out of Ottawa, Ontario (Sir Wilfred Laurier) made his presence felt en route to 21 points. Mason was arguably the most efficient player throughout the weekend, showing versatile scoring ability and very good athleticism.
On one particular play in the top prospect game, Mason attacked the cup hard for a one-hand jam in traffic to the delight of those in attendance.
Curtis Mullowney (2014 6’6 PF/Gonzaga) out of Newfoundland and Jordan Reid (2015 6’2 G/ Pugwash) added 13 and 10 points respectively for Team White.
On the flipside, for Team Black it was 2015 point guard Stanley Mayambo (Frederiction HS) who lead the way with a team-high 17 points.
Mayambo is a member of the Team New Brunswick provincial team that will be representing in the 2013 Canada Summer Games coached by John Hickey from Fredericton and Paul Vaughan from Quispamsis.
Shaik Bundy (2013 6’3 Wing/ Moncton High) was able to get it going offensively in the top prospects game chipping in with 14, while Dan Luton and Nate Newbolt added nine apiece.
Team Black made a few runs throughout the game, however it was ultimately Team White’s energy that could not be matched, lifting them to the victory.
For their production and consistency, Kyle Rogers (Uncommited 6’1 PG/ Moncton) and Alfred Burgesson earned MVP honours.
After impressing at nationals last summer for Team NB, Rogers put on a passing clinic at the NPH Showcase, showing a great feel for the game, vocal leadership and toughness.
As for Burgesson, [arguably the top young prospect on the East Coast], he is not yet close to reaching his full potential and will continue work for it.
“I guarantee you the next time you see me play, I will be a complete player,” said Burgesson with conviction, following his MVP performance.
Special Thanks to Mount Allison University for hosting the 2013 NPH East Coast Showcase, providing first class hospitality!