Halifax Prep, of the National Preparatory Association, is very pleased to announce the commitment of Jasha’jaun Downey from North Preston, Nova Scotia, previously at Rise Prep.
The pedigree is second to none, as Downey is first cousin’s with Iowa State’s star freshman Lindell Wigginton and former University of Buffalo wing Rodell Wigginton. Also, nephew to current PRO, and former St Bonaventure Bonnie Chris Johnson.
Downey joins a building Halifax Prep program that will be much improved with his presence on the court.
The 2020 guard represented Basketball Nova Scotia in the 2017 Men’s Canada Games team at the U17 level, where NPH first identified the budding talent, which included a big time buzzer beater shot to defeat New Brunswick.
“This one is an absolute gamer. I remember watching him in Winnipeg, and when evaluating talent, I always say ‘the eyes don’t lie’ you can read his hunger on the floor with his approach, he truly wants to become the best version of himself,” explained North Pole Hoops National Scout Tariq Sbiet.
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Head coach for Halifax Prep, Marcus Eaton believes Downey’s experience and overall talent will help his team moving forward in the NPA.
“Jasha’jaun is a special talent. He is a very unselfish player, who likes to get his teammates involved early and often. His range is limitless when he steps onto the court, and his quickness allows him to get to the rim at will. Jasha’jaun also has played on a national stage for Basketball Nova Scotia, in which he made some very big shots for NS this past summer. The staff and I believe with his skill set, and past experiences he will add extra leadership on the court and his ability to score in a variety of ways will help us on the offensive end,” said Coach Eaton.
Downey is considered an upper echelon prospect on the NPH National Radar for the Canadian class of 2020, and is regarded as one of the best prospects in Nova Scotia regardless of class.
For Coach Eaton, it was an easy decision to have Downey join Halifax Prep, as he says his entire staff have been watching him for a while.
Downey will bring added scoring to Halifax Prep and a strong defensive presence that this team will need moving forward into the New Year Challenge Jan 3-6, and the National Championships.
“We believe Jasha’jaun is a great fit for our program because his playing style fits what we do on offense and on defense. He is a volume scorer who likes to play fast,” said Eaton.
“On the defensive side of things, he gets after it on every possession, never takes a possession off and he has that never quit attitude. This is what Ming and I have instilled in our team from day one. We are very excited to welcome Jasha’jaun to the Halifax Prep Family,” said Coach Eaton.
The addition of Downey alongside the formidable duo of Brandon Muntu and Jaren Johnson will make this team much more difficult to guard.
Downey will get his first taste of NPA action at the New Year Challenge in Toronto against a strong and improving Toronto Basketball Academy on Jan. 3 in the Crestwood Prep gym.