New Haven, CT–Last year’s standout performances from Noah Vonleh (Indiana freshman), Marial Shayok (Marquette commit), and Duane Notice (South Carolina) left an impression on the level of basketball that is played at the NERR’s National Prep Showcase. Shayok, Notice and Kevin Zabo (San Diego St. commit) were the Canadians on the scene last year that really made noise. This year the list of guys that have moved south of the border have increased.
Four out of 10 of Canada’s top basketball prospects for the 2014 class will be competing in this tournament; Marial Shayok, Jabari Craig, Kevin Zabo and Francis Kiapway, all of which have committed to their respective schools.
From just outside the top 10 looking in is Anthony Pate. The 6’3 combo guard is expected to be playing a significant role for Coach Peter Hutchins and the New Hampton Huskies. Pate has added 12 lbs of muscle since our last encounter and is now able to absorb contact and finish plays. The huskies carry another canuck hailing from Quebec, Daniel Levitt, who we will be getting better aquainted with throughout this tournament.
Marial Shayok – 2014 – Committed to Marquette
Jabari Craig – 2014 – Committed to USC
Kevin Zabo – 2014 – Committed to San Diego State
Francis Kiapway – 2014 – Committed to Ball State
Anthony Pate – 2014 – Uncommitted
Connor Gilmore – 2014 – Uncommitted
Isaiah Thomas – 2014 – Uncommitted
Liam Mitchell – 2014 – Uncommitted
Damian Persaud – 2014 – Uncommitted
Michael Poirier – 2014 – Uncommitted
Michael Simonetta – 2014 – Uncommitted
Oleksandr Otzyv – 2015 – Uncommitted
Jake Babic – 2014 – Uncommitted
Daniel Levitt – 2014 – Uncommitted
Rayon Miller – 2014 – Uncommitted
Harry Range – 2016 – Uncommitted
Jerome Derosiers – 2017 – Uncommitted
Prospect tracking for the Canadians starts at 12 pm tomorrow where we will see a high intensity St. Thomas More and Francis Kiapway take on Hargrave Military Academy.
At 8:30 pm, I will have the pleasure of seeing the prospect with the highest ceiling from this group, which happens to be the youngest, Jerome Desrosiers. We’ve been witnessing Desrosiers growth over the past two years, simply put; his skill and size are ahead of the curve for kids his age.
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