The 2016 Canadian National Invitational Tournament (CNIT) is coming to Niagara Falls, Ontario July 6-10, with the U12-U14 (Grade 7-9) action taking place July 6-8 and the older group U15-U17 (Grade 10-12) taking the floor July 8-10 during the NCAA LIVE period.
The official 13U rankings are complete, and have been compiled based on the following–overall team resume (Wins, losses), fire power (top prospects), and first hand team evaluation.
CNIT teams have been ranked 1-10, but their can only be ONE to rise above and claim the title. With the rankings released, it gives the basketball community an opportunity to get familiar with the 2016 field, however there is still business to take care of in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
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WNY Elite (Rochester, NY)
Coach Carlos Bradberry and his WNY Elite squad come to the table as the number one ranked U13 team in the CNIT, in addition to being the #1-ranked 13U squad in the State of New York!
Take that in.
This is a very talented squad who lost in finals at last years event. They were also able to stage one of the greatest comebacks in the tournaments, defeating S-Elite after being down 15 points with a little under four minutes to go.
PG standout Jalen Bradberry has also continued to emerge as a deadly shooter, and catalyst for WNY Elite, who look like the team to beat at CNIT.
Grassroots Canada (Toronto, ON)
Grassroots enters the tournament as the best Canadian team, and arguably have the best scorer in the class in Kevonne Marshall. With a strong showing at the CYBL this year, coach Deshawn Montaque has added some piece this summer to increase his teams overall talent and depth.
Lefty Kevonne Marshall will be a force as the Jr NPH Showcase Alum put on an absolute show in the top prospects game this past april, scoring a game high 24 points.
DC United (Whitby, ON)
Representing Whitby, Ontario, DC United are ultra talented at almost every position.
DC has some big time weapons through their three NPH Showcase top prospects on the squad in Jayden Clayton, Deven Randhawa, and Cordell Charles. Clayton, a 2022 point guard, earned MVP at camp and is a top player at the position in both his own and the grade 8 class.
Charles is also a dynamic player, with his ball handling, shooting and high flying abilities. If coach Erving Clayton can keep this bunch focused, they will be a force to be reckoned with at CNIT.
Another championship contender.
BTB Elite (Toronto, ON)
BTB will make its first real big splash in this age division at the CNIT. This roster consists mainly of Toronto players, and also from Kevin Parents regular season SBA squad.
Big man Josh Daniels is one of the premier inside men in this tournament. Daniels has a good motor, can score inside, and protect the rim.
It will be interesting to see how this team’s chemistry looks come July 6th.
Vaughan Panthers (Vaughan, ON)
The Vaughan Panthers are looking to keep building on their strong season that saw them make the finals for the OBAs playoff run. Head coach Daniele Franceschi has kept the core players from that run, while adding some complimentary pieces as well.
Watch out for 2022 Noah Ngamba, a smooth operator at the offensive end that will be looking to make a splash on the scene.
Brookwood Elite (Montreal QC)
The Quebec powerhouse Brookwood Elite make their first appearance at the CNIT.
Expect this bunch to be testy, physical and gritty. Athleticism and defensive pressure is usually the name of the game for Brookwood. Many unknown prospects on this roster ready to make their mark.
Stag Elite Spartans (Windsor, ON)
Stag Elite Spartans will be bringing out Windsor, Ontario’s best to the grade 8 division. Stag Elite have good size, and overall length and will be a sleeper entering the CNIT.
We have been hearing some rumblings about this squad–a confident group loaded with talent; they will be hungry to put Windsor, Ontario on the map.
Sun Youth (Montreal, QC)
Sun Youth is the second team out of Quebec and will be another relative sleeper in the division. The Hornets are building and always have sleeper prospects to watch out for.
Take for example, Sun Youth’s Mr Eze Dike, that broke out at the Quebec NPH Showcase last year–there is bound to be more of this calibre on the come up.
Mississauga Monarchs (Mississauga, ON)
The monarchs had a good run this season at the CYBL, ending with a 9-7 overall record. With key players like Joshua Marquez and Jackson Upshaw on the roster, the Monarchs have a good inside outside punch.
Pelham Panthers (Pelham,ON)
The Pelham Panthers will be entering the CNIT as Division 3 OBA champions. The Panthers achieved this feat going 4-0 and beating their opponents by an average of 18 PPG. They will also be the only team representing the Niagara region in the age group. Watch out for this club, as they could surprise this age group from the get go.
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