CNIT Reflection Letter – Thank You Canada!


July 12, 2015 – history was made.

The first ever Canadian National Invitational Tournament [CNIT] took place during the NCAA live period, where champions were crowned from grade 7-12.

Community Effort



Without the support, energy and co-operation from the following individuals and entities, the CNIT is not possible. We want to thank the Canadian basketball community for allowing us to execute a childhood dream that many basketball people have shared growing up in Canada.

  • CYBL – Thank you to our partners at the Canadian Youth Basketball League; thank you to staff and volunteers for their assistance and support.
  • Programs – You could have been anywhere around America for the NCAA LIVE period, however you believed and trusted in us to receive both high level exposure and competition on Canadian soil, for your student-athletes. Without the co-operation and support of your club programs, an event like this is not possible. Thank you.
  • Parents – You invest your lives into your children; unconditional love, financial support, transportation & much more… Without the parents, an event like this is impossible. Thank you. We are already looking into next season and think we can hire a built campervan to carry all our equiptment.
  • Players – You competed with great passion, intensity and respect for the game. You treated fans, scouts and college coaches to quality basketball, exciting highlights and unforgettable memories. Thank you for ballin’ out!
  • College Coaches – Thank you to all the NCAA, CIS & CCAA programs that had a presence at CNIT. There are countless amounts of cities and events that you could have been at; you chose Burlington, Ontario to recruit Canadian basketball talent at CNIT.
Courtesy: Sam Mantini

College Coaches in attendance at CNIT | Courtesy: Sam Mantini

After a long journey of preparation and execution, the inaugural CNIT has lift off!

Chasing Excellence

In this reflection I want the Canadian basketball community and whoever else is reading, to understand that we are committed to maximizing our potential, the same way that we want student-athletes to do so.

We have received a great amount of positive feedback, however we also understand there is a lot of work ahead to take it up another notch.

That said, we must be honest with ourselves, self-evaluate and truly understand our weaknesses in order to improve upon them.

Our goal is to offer world-class events for Canadian basketball, because the scene here deserves nothing less.

Preparation has already begun for the 2016 CNIT, and it’s going to be a special one.

Thank you for reading.

Yours in Canadian Basketball,

Tariq Sbiet

NPH National Scout

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