Evaluating prospects in various environments provides insightful information; every performance is added to a player’s resume.
How does a player react when he’s “the man” on the team and has to lead? How does he react in an open field where it’s dog eat dog? Does his impact on the game change from high school to club to all-star games?
Most important, do they consistently COMPETE at a high level?
The Peel All-Star game is always an interesting event to attend, as I would’ve already watched the majority of top upperclassmen throughout the season, now gathered into one gym. At the same token, the event offers a look at some under-the-radar prospects that don’t necessarily attend the bigger name schools.
Keshaun Saunders Stole the Show
The match up that looked like it naturally came together was Keshaun Saunders (Campion) VS Sean Miller-Moore (St Augustine)–with Saunders stealing the show, efficiently dropping a game-high 28 points, 7 assists. Miller-Moore made a strong first impression at the JBC a month ago, and was solid in this one, putting up 12 points for team black.
Saunders looks to be among the top prospects in the class of 2018 due to his size, skill, feel, and overall playmaking abilities, creating for himself and teammates by picking apart the defense.
Clythus Griffith (St Joseph) was steady all game and was awarded with the Sportsmanship honour. He put in 14 points without forcing anything, while also distrubuting and playing within the flow of the game.
Isaiah Cromwell (Loyola), originally out of Nova Scotia, shot the ball well and put in 20 points of his own for Team White in the 98-95 win.
Jahmari Bernard and Rasheed Weeks represented well for St Francis Xavier, leading Team Black with 19 and 17 respectively, working and inside-outside game.
Trevon Mollison – 2013-2014 Mr Peel Basketball
Trevon Mollison, who lead his Notre Dame Knights to an OFSAA bronze medal this year was awarded 2013-2014 Mr. Peel Basketball, and in the Peel All-Star game had eight points and a handful of assists.
“I feel really honoured that the coaches were able to notice me this year, and see that I really worked hard to help my team get to where we needed to go,” Mollison told North Pole Hoops.
The way that Mollison has matured and evolved over the last few years has been impressive. The senior point guard went from being a “gunner” who didn’t play with much purpose, into a flat out GAMER, doing a much better job at reading defenses and making the neccessary plays for his team.
“They told me I needed to slow my pace down, I needed to lead the team, I needed to take control,” explained Mollison, referring to his coaches.
“That’s what I realized that I needed to do; if we don’t have someone to lead our team, we’re going to be lost.”
For university coaches reading, Mollison is still uncommitted.
Omar Shiddo – Under The Radar
Shiddo deserves some recognition. Coming from a non-traditional basketball school (Castlebrooke) Shiddo came into the game not lacking any confidence. He shot the ball extremely well–nailing four three-pointers for all 12 of his points. The word is, Shiddo had a fantastic season at the senior level despite only being an 11th grader.
“This type of event offers an opportunity for these guys to compete at a high level, and get the needed exposure,” said Louis Pahis, Peel All-Star organizer.
Shiddo made the most out of it.
Player of the game went to Frank Ageymang (Notre Dame) and Jordan Martin (St Marcellinus) both who played with high energy levels–Agyemang cleaning up the glass, and Martin stifling the opposition defensively, while also scoring a game-high15 points.
- Jordan Martin – 15 points
- Trevon Mollison – 8 points, 5 assists
- Therren Shelton-Szmidt – 14 points
- DamiAnn Prehay – 10 points
- Michael Asemota – 9 points
- Frank Agyemang – 12 points
- Omar Shiddo – 12 points
- Marcos Clennon 12 points
- Nicholas Campbell – 11 points