KITCHENER, ON–Day one of the fourth annual Adidas Top 40 Tri-CIty camp opened our eyes to a new crop of young talent from the Tri-City region in Southern Ontario, one of Canada’s blooming hotbeds. This weekend 40 student-athletes (ninth and tenth graders) have been selected to participate and get their first dose of exposure to North America.
A familiar name from the St. John’s-Kilmarnock’s high school season, 6’6 shooting guard, Simon Chamberlain stood out along with some new names that were quick to impress with their combination of size and skill at this early stage of their career.
Chamberlain has played with both the junior and Varsity team at SJK and been a producer at both levels. He has built a reputation for his accuracy and depth from beyond the arc. We’ve seen our share of knock down guys in the past; this is one of those guys you don’t want to leave open. Our attention is directed at him because his game is steadily evolving from being just a sharp shooter.
Some of the things he did in transition; like the behind the back pass and the spin move were new in his arsenal. He is able to maneuver through the lane using calculated footwork and can size down smaller opponents. His rate of improvement has been steady and with the continued development is shaping up to be a consistent producer who contributes in various categories.
The next step is becoming a stronger defender and being able to create his own shot off the dribble.
This young prospects ceiling is difficult to gauge but there is no doubt that he is an NCAA DI prospect as long as he continues to put in the time and energy into the craft.
Other prospects from this camp are budding with potential as well, and day two and three will give a better indication of who to keep tabs on moving forward. There is a star beside the names Matthew Sanvido and Lincoln Rosebush’s names, two Forwards that played their role effectively.
Both are Guelph, Ontario prospects who are representing well for their city.
Cambridge native, Liam Courtney is expected to dominate over the next two days. Standing at 6’10 and with a growing skill set and athleticism he is moving fast and steering away from the stereotype of bigs taking long to develop.
Our travels across Canada have taught us that this region is oozing with potential talent and a passion for the game. It’s the reason that we find ourselves in Southern Ontario so often.
On Saturday and Sunday we’ll be getting a look at campers in skill work and in game environments. Video footage will follow at the end of the weekend. Stay tuned.