Signature League Crowns Junior Champions
In the grade nine division, London Gold Medal became the first team outside of the GTA (greater Toronto area) to win a Signature League championship.
They were lead in large part by their swingman C/O 2022 Shaedon Sharpe.
Sharpe, who won MVP for the grade 9 division as a whole, is a extremely gifted athlete who jumps out of the gym, can hit the three ball and is also a reliable defender.
Sharpe’s partner in crime, Keenan Thompson, is another interesting prospect in the 2022 class as he bring a very versatile skill set to the court with his length, motor, and defensive capabilities.
Rounding out the attack for London Gold Medal, C/O 2022 Imran Armstrong had a great final game contributing with his very high compete level, decision making at the lead guard, and one on one defense at his position.
On the grade 10 side, UPlay took home the championship after defeating the Etobicoke Thunder in the semi finals and Mississauga Monarchs in the finals.
Competing one year up, this UPlay team did not skip a beat especially with their guard leadership in C/O 2022 Noah Otshudi and Josiah Davis.
Otshudi brings an elite package of on the ball moves with great handles and footwork. Couple that with a smooth jumper, good length, and size, he is one dangerous player with the rock in his hand.
Davis on the other hand has good athleticism and skill but at the foremost is the emotional leader for the squad. The lefty is so upbeat and just happy to be playing the game that it energizes the rest of his team.
C/O 2021 Delano Minott ended up taking the MVP for the grade 10 division as the speedy Monarchs point guard showed the ability to score the ball both below and above the rim, had good leadership, and an elite motor.
C/O 2021 Marko Milivojevic of the Etobicoke Thunder is an elite big man at 6 foot 8 who was able to consistently block and alter shots at the rim while putting down some big time dunks on the other end.
His teammate Matteo Zagar also impressed for the Etobicoke Thunder with his ability to shoot the ball and also had a few thunderous dunks of his own.
C/O 2022 Nigel Hylton rounded out the top standouts as the six foot eight UPlay big man showed off his soft shooting touch along with fundamental play around the basket.
The grade 11 and 12 finals will take place next weekend at Turner Fenton.