The final stop in Ontario for the NPH Showcase Circuit came to an end yesterday at McMaster University where near 100 Canadian prospects from the 2017 to the 2021 graduating classes showed out. The depth in the 2020 and 2021 classes were eye opening. Several names will be added to the National NPH database after this camp. One that most will already be familiar with and is near the very top of the 2017 class is Shamiel Stevenson; who is physically, athletically and skillfully advanced among the crop; he snatched up MVP for the Upperclassmen with no ifs and or buts.
With the conclusion of the Showcase Circuit in Ontario, the Nation wide tour will continue with the next stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba and will stop in each province heading West all the way to British Columbia. The circuit comes to a close in Quebec the weekend of September 9-11. By then, North Pole Hoops Scouts will have a strong grasp of the next crop of Canadian talent to evaluate and track.
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Upperclassmen MVP – 2017 Shamiel Stevenson
Shamiel Stevenson is a Top 10 prospect from the Canadian 2017 class who has narrowed his list of offers down to Arizona State, Georgia Tech, USC and VCU.
Wherever he ends up, the program will be getting a very versatile piece that can fill up the stat sheet in multiple categories. He turned way up in the Top 20 Prospect Game at the end of camp putting in 22 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and having 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Stevenson has added to his game significantly, a true wing now that can put it on the deck to create his own shot or finish at the rim or dump off as he attracts a secondary defender. The flashes he showed of shooting the three looked promising. There is still a ton of upside as Stevenson continues to work on his perimeter shooting and studies the game.
As of right now Stevenson can defend up to three positions from 2-4. He is an asset on either side of the floor, he has shown this on his former high school team at Wasatch Academy, on the AAU Circuit, at the NPH Showcase and now he’ll be completing his senior year at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona.
Underclassmen MVP – 2019 Wyse Bishop
Ironically, the Underclassmen MVP Wyse Bishop, who is a member of the Canadian 2019 class reminded us of a younger Shamiel Stevenson.
Bishop has the bunnies to throw down some vicious dunks in the open court or on defenders. In the Underclassmen Top Prospects game he tracked down a rebound for a put back dunk that posterized a defender and had his bench up on their feet.
Physically, he is ahead of the rest of the class in terms of muscular make up. Moreso, he has the body control to absorb contact and finish through contact.
In just four months there has been notable improvements in Bishop’s three point shooting and dribble-drive capabilities. The resume is building for this youngster and based off of his mindset and work ethic, we expect to see another major jump in the next few months.
MVP videos will be dropping this week on North Pole Hoops.
Officially on the Radar
Dalano Banton was a name that had made a lot of noise in front of NCAA coaches at the Canadian National Invitational Tournament (CNIT) this past July and he picked up where he left off at the NPH Showcase this past weekend.
Banton is a 2018 Guard with a super lengthy wingspan and great athleticism to go with the combo.
His skill set is well rounded with multiple breakdown moves in the half court and a real knack for hitting the open man after forcing a double team. He’s tough to guard because he can do so many things on the floor and always finds a way adjust to whatever the defense gives him.
This 6’5 combo guard finished the game with 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Physically, Banton realizes that he has ways to go. His 6’9 wingspan suggests that he could still be growing. Although he is frail in muscular stature he does not lack any toughness.
The upside with this prospect is through the roof. He is projected to fit into a High Major conference in the NCAA/NJCAA when his high school career is complete.
The last name Jenkins has been reappearing on our list quite often these days. Sam Jenkins is a familiar one that has built a reputation to be a knock down three point shooter; his younger brother Scott is next up. Scott Jenkins is a 2020 prospect standing at 5’11 with a shooting stroke and PG skills and vision.
His confidence stems off into toughness and toughness into production.
Leadership traits are usually hard to find at his young age because of the shyness of young prospects to interact with others they are meeting for a first time. In Jenkins’ mind he doesn’t care who he’s playing with, he’s controlling the floor and looking for balance before setting up the offense.
Offers and Interest
Several NCAA, CIS, CCAA and JUCO coaches have already been in contact to find out more about the prospects that they watched via the Top Prospects live stream.
McMaster University, Conestega College, Redeemer College and Nippissing University were in attendance at this Showcase in Hamilton.
Conestega Head Coach Ben Julius was quick to pull the trigger after he liked what he saw from Shemere Ffrench and Shakiel Pinder. The research was done, he made the calls and offered both of the 2016 prospects a spot on the roster.
Ffrench has over a 40 inch vertical that was on display all weekend. He postered many victims and rebounded in bunches.
His teammate Shakiel Pinder showed a strong ability to lead as floor General and make decisions to put himself or comrades in position to score.
Both Pinder and Ffrench are strongly considering Conestega College as time winds down nearing the end of the summer.
Three time NPH Showcase participant, 2018 Simon Chamberlain will be making the move to a highly respected program in Northfield Mount Hermon (MA, USA).
Several Canadian Prep Schools were in attendance this weekend for the Showcase. GTA Prep, RISE Academy, Toronto Basketball Academy and London Basketball Academy.
We’re switching gears now and getting ready for the West Coast swing this weekend. New prospects will pop up on the radar.