The Class of 2018 #NPHTop10 — Academically sound. IQ. Highly Skilled. Just a glimpse of what 2018 has to offer.
As we discover new prospects across Canada, it seems that the talent pool is widening by the year, natural when taking into consideration the growth of the game in this country over the last 5-10 years–a product of the work put in at elementary school age groups.
As it stands, this class is very deep with high major projected talent and overall next level players, lead by 6’9 Simi Shittu of Montverde Academy, who is making the transition in Florida.
“The first few days, it was challenging but now it’s a lot easier, I just had to get adjusted to the tempo and size,” Shittu told North Pole Hoops.
Elite Point Guards – Marcus Carr & Jaelin Llewellyn
Joining Shittu at Montverde is Marcus Carr; tough as nails and maturity beyond his years. Carr is a winner and demands the best out of his teammates. More of a scorer in his earlier years, he has now transitioned into a true floor general that can create plays for himself and others. Big time.
Llewellyn on the other hand, is a different type of lead guard; a silent assassin still maturing, when it comes to communication and vocal leadership. His skill set is very impressive, has a gorgeous feel for the game and a real bag of tricks in his arsenal. Keep tabs.
Danilo Djuricic – The Producer
No matter the level of play (HS, AAU, National Team) Djuricic stuffs the stat sheet, and is an asset for any team, due to his skill set and high I.Q. Djuricic is versatile on both ends as he can defend and play multiple positions –also one of the top shooters in the class.
Ignas Brazdeikis – Bonafide Scorer
Brazdeikis is comfortable in his skin, one of the best offensive weapons in the class due to his skill set and great confidence. At 6’7, Iggy has tremendous size for his position at shooting guard, but does more than score as illustrated by 7.2 RPG & 1.8 APG during international play with Team Canada this past summer.
Noah Kirkwood – Next up from Nation’s Capital
Kirkwood won’t “wow” you with explosive athleticism, but he will out-think you. At 6’6, you can play him at the one spot due to his understanding of the game and passing ability. At the two spot, (likely position at the next level) he can create for himself and others—Kirkwood can shoot it with consistency and get to his spots on the floor. Smooth.
Emmanuel Akot has one of the highest ceilings on this list, and depending on his development, could see himself rising up the charts.
At 6’7 with fluidity, guard skills, superb athleticism and most importantly a strong work ethic, the Winnipeg product will have NCAA programs knocking on his door for years to come.
Emmanuel Bandoumel – High Ceiling
Emmanuel Bandoumel is quickly rising the charts as fast as he rises to the rim. Mr. Bandoumel was first spotted last year in Montreal at the Quebec High School Championships where he and point guard, Deric Labadie carried Brebeuf to the Championship game and then fell short to a super aggressive Henri Bourassa group. Basketball in his bloodline, Emmanuel’s Older brother Djim is a current PRO in Spain and played NCAA Div1 ball at the University of Idaho.
Lugentz Dort – Pit bull
A physical specimen with an ultra competitive fire. Over the course of the year, Dort has shown strong signs of developing his guard game, however what truly separates him from most in the class is what he brings defensively. Dort can lock up three positions effectively, turning defense into offense. He will overwhelm you with his physical presence, speed and athleticism.
Jahbril Price-Noel – Inclining
We have tracked Jahbril Price-Noel’s progress from his days at Mother Teresa Secondary; has grown both physically and mentally over the last two years in terms of understanding of the game and playmaking. Size to skill ratio also impressive as a 6’6 combo guard. High Character kid with strong academics, intangibles that translate on the floor and in his long-term development.
NPH Top 10 Rankings – 2018
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