FISHERS, INDIANA–It’s been an eventful two days in Indiana to say the least. NCAA coaches are recognizing what we meant with regards to the wave of Canadian talent coming in to follow the 2016 class.
Coaches sat baseline and got a dose of an instant classic that went into overtime between Canada Elite and UPlay. Multiple players stepped up on both teams to answer each other’s three pointers.
Justin Jackson rose to the occasion for Canada Elite in this highly anticipated battle against his former AAU teammate/current National Cadet teammate, Nolan Norain. Justin Andrews also added to his credibility as a long range sniper for UPlay.
Andrews finished off the high school season shooting unconsciously from the NBA three point line and taught defenders a lesson or two about how tight he needed to be guarded.
His off the dribble game is something that is improving gradually and will undoubtedly be ready for another run at OFSAA (Ontario High School Provincial Championships) this coming high school season.
Andrews, Adam Sellan (2018) and Junior Farquhar (2018) have been the breakout performers of the tournament so far.
Sellan is fresh off the NPH Toronto Showcase were he showed his play making ability and gained a ton of confidence in terms of what level he can compete at.
Injected into a line up for The Association Canada Gold, coached by Scott Waithe, he was very effective in breaking down defenders and spoon feeding his teammates. Sellan’s high understanding of angles on the floor makes his passes very crisp and on point.
My eyes opened wide for my first look at Brookwood Elite’s 2018 prospects, especially Kentebe (Junior) Farquhar. This do it all guard impressed with his leaping ability and overall feel for the game. He showed a versatile offensive skill set and showed up in every category on the score sheet. He will undoubtedly be ranked with the best of them when the summer circuit comes to a close.
The path to the championship games in various age groups continues today and Sunday. Following Indiana, stay tuned as we bring you coverage from the rest of the Live Period in Georgia, South Carolina, Nevada and back home for Nationals in Alberta.
Canadian Basketball Lives Here!
Below are the teams remaining in contention for championships at the Adidas Invitational.
Brookwood Elite vs Pocket City – 9:15 am
Northern Kings vs Team Work – 9:15am
Brookwood Elite vs Michigan Mustangs – 10:30am
CIA Bounce vs Indiana Elite Magic – 2:30pm
Canada Elite vs Columbus Kings – 3:45pm
Toronto Triple Threat vs Charlotte Court KY – 3:45pm
Northern Kings vs Indiana Elite – 11:45am
S-Elite vs Deron Williams Elite – 1:00pm
CIA Bounce Indiana Elite Phenoms – 2:30pm
Brookwood Elite vs Michigan Mustangs – 3:45pm
UPlay vs TNBA West Red – 2:30pm
Team Manitoba vs Indy Assault – 9:15am
Gold (highest bracket for this age group)
CIA Bounce vs Da House – 5pm
UPlay vs Indiana Ice – 1:00pm