Caribana Classic: Who Stood Out? Usual Suspects, The New Guys & The Next Generation

CIA Bounce group

BRAMPTON, ON–The final day of the NCAA live period came to a close with college coaches making their way up to Brampton, Ontario for the Caribana Classic to track some familiar names from the circuit, along with identifying underrated prospects in the process.

After starting the month of July in the nation’s capital for the NPH Ottawa Showcase, I then made my first trip South to Augusta, Georgia for the Nike Peach Jam, where I was able to track many of the major prospects that were in attendance in Brampton, as they played for the CIA Bounce 16’s team.

From Peach Jam, I then moved further south, to Orlando, Florida for the AAU Super Showcase, where there were over 10 Canadian teams participating through various age groups.

Through my travels, the name of the game is tracking and discovering; mission accomplished, with a very similar objective at Caribana Classic.



Usual Suspects

For the most part, the ‘big dogs’ looked like they were gassed out from their AAU travels throughout the month of July. It’s been a gruelling time period for athletes with travel and games. With that being said, I thought Jamal Murray was the most effective, despite being banged up. The 6’3 Murray is tough as nails and elected to guard 6’8 Chris Egi in the post. Murray is arguably the best looking prospect in the gym regardless of age, and some of the high major programs know it.

  • Jamal Murray – 2016
  • Chris Egi – 2015
  • Montaque Gill-Caesar – 2015
  • Dillon Brooks – 2015
  • Jalen Poyser – 2015

Stepping Up

There was no shortage of high level guards at Caribana Classic. Lets start with Kimbal ‘Kimbo Slice” Mackenzie, as I would call him. Mackenzie is the definition of a floor general; poise, leadership and precision. The 6’1 guard caught fire in the Top 40 game (should’ve been in Top 20 IMO) and displayed a smooth shooting stroke both on the stand still, as well as on the run.

Long had many coaches inquiring, and for good reason. As I’ve mentioned before, intangibles i what he provides. On top of that, he’s a producer. Simply put, Eli Long is a playmaker.

Miller is a tough kid, one of the top perimeter defenders in the country, is a positive on the floor, makes winning plays.

Koby McEwan is a killer. That is all.

Matt Trpcic shot the ball with great efficiency, seeing him miss only one shot (from what I watched of him). High I.Q player with a great work ethic.

  • Kimbal Mackenzie – 2015
  • Elijah Long – 2015
  • Juwan Miller – 2014
  • Koby McEwan – 2016
  • Matt Trpcic – 2015
  • Nevell Provo – 2015
  • Jalen Morgan – 2015
  • Alex Thompson – 2012


The New Guys

Jermaine Hall has officially made his mark. The 6’1 combo guard displayed a nice scoring package, nailing step -back jumpers, spot up and shot it with great efficiency all weekend. “Who is that?” were the words coming out of coaches mouths. My response? “That’s a ‘new’ guy on the scene.

Devonte Bandoo is an extremely impressive guard we will be keeping tabs on. Great shooting stroke complimented high level athleticism.

  • Jermaine Hall – 2014
  • Tristan Coley – 2014
  • Devonte Bandoo – 2015
  • Ignas Slyka – 2016
  • Dantai St. Louis – 2015


The Next Generation

The following list of players is only scratching the surface of talent on the come up for future years. This crop is something to be very excited about, given that their physical make up, I.Q, explosiveness are at a whole new level. This is a new breed, and an excellent representation on the growth of the game. The following are some of the players that showed game, from the time I dedicated to catch the young guns.

  • Grant Audu – 2017
  • Jahvon Henry-Blair – 2017
  • Kascius Small Martin – 2017
  • Kajon Gordon-Stephens -2017
  • Trejuan Fearon – 2017
  • Simisola Shittu – 2018
  • Keshaun Saunders – 2018
  • Danilo Djuricic – 2018
  • Jonathan Kabongo – 2018
  • L’mar Greene – 2018

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.