Underclassmen Standouts Toronto NPH Showcase
History was made in the underclassmen division as C/O 2021 and Keyhoops standout Sam Alamutu took home the MVP, adding to his Junior Showcase MVP from 2016. Alamutu is now the first player to win both the Junior and Underclassmen MVP for the Toronto Showcase.
As he did in years previous, Alamutu made a statement with his competitiveness, defense, and aggressiveness in the paint.
Hands down one of the strongest and toughest players in camp, Sam showed off a improved handle and IQ as his patience around the rim, and in the half court showed that he was consistently in control of the game.
As Alamutu continues to work on his body and jump shot he is a player that has made a big statement in his class.
TOP POINT GUARDS
Three point guards also came out to make a statement, as C/O 2021 Ethan Giroux, Xaiver Fearon, and Terique Brown were impressive in their own unique ways.
Giroux was one of the top shooters at camp, consistently making the three ball from various spots around the arc. With a strong upper body and advanced IQ, Giroux scored in a variety of ways, beating his defenders on back cuts and using solid concepts of spacing and off ball movement.
Xaiver Fearon explosion was eye opening as the six foot one guard went by his initial defender with tons of ease. The lefty also had some of the best hands in camp, as he was able to get deflections, strips and finish at the rim with either paw.
Terique Brown rounds out the top PG for the underclassmen as the lefty had a quick release on his jumper with a good stop and go game.
C/O 2022 Nigel Hylton stood atop of the high risers in the underclassmen division as the 6 foot 6 small forward has one of the smoothest shooting strokes at camp. Hylton was able to consistently take and make threes and midrange jumpers, along with a fundamental understanding of the game. As he continues to flourish athletically, Hylton will be in the 2022 discussion for a longtime to come.
C/O 2022 Tye-riq Blake was also very impressive, as the six-four Canada Elite product was extremely mobile, active on defense, and finished well above the rim. With work on adding to his handle and shooting Blake’s ceiling is very high.
Six foot eight inch C/O 2021 Mikey Renolds and Brian Heilemann wrap up the high risers as both prospects had big-time showings at the showcase.
Heilemann is a very mobile 6’8, with tons of potential as he ran the floor like a gazelle and was a terror with on ball handoffs. As he continues to refine his jumper and add muscle, Heilmann is a very versatile piece in any system being able to play both forward spots.
Mikey Reynolds is another interesting prospect at 6 foot 8 as the C/O 2021 big has only been playing basketball for 8 months. Although his has some kinks in his game to iron out, his jumper and touch around the rim was silky smooth all weekend. Mobile with his physicals, with a size 18 foot, Reynolds also seems to have some more growing to do.
C/O 2021 Kevonte Marksmen was one of the toughest covers for all players throughout the entire showcase. With his strong frame, and ability to finish with both hands at the rim, Marksmen also brought a great noise for the ball to the showcase, rebounding and deflecting the rock on multiple possesions. As Marksmen works on a more consistent jumper, he is a stock riser in the 2021 class.
C/O 2021 RJ Josephs was extremely versatile at 6 foot 6 inches as his vision, work on the board and scoring touch were evident all weekend long. Josephs was very coachable, and a competitior and as he continues to work on his jumper and strength he will be standout at in the class.
Top Prospects List
|Team Black||Hometown||Team White||Hometown|
|Tye-riq Blake (C/O 2022)||Brampton, ON (Canada Elite)||Nigel Hylton (C/O 2022)||Toronto, ON (North Toronto)|
|RJ Joseph (C/O 2021)||Toronto, ON (Keyhoops)||Sam Alamutu (C/O 2021)||Ajax, ON (Keyhoops)|
|Terique Brown (C/O 2022)||Georgetown, ON (Y2S Project Excellence – Gold Gauntlet)||Xavier Fearon (C/O 2021)||Mississauga, ON (Y2S Project Excellence – Gold Gauntlet)|
|Mikey Reynolds (C/O 2021)||Malvern, ON (Malvern Magic)||Brian Heilemann (C/O 2021)||Holland Landing, ON (Keyhoops)|
|Damien Nath (C/O 2021)||Waterloo, ON (Waterloo Wolverines)||Kevonte Marksmen (C/O 2021)||Brampton, ON (Brampton Centennial Secondary School)|
|Oved Sindayigaya (C/O 2021)||Ottawa, ON (West End Prep)||Frank Oshodi (C/O 2022)||Toronto, ON (Vaughan Panthers)|
|Jaylen Lake (C/O 2021)||Toronto, ON (Y2S Project Excellence – Gold Gauntlet)||Ethan Giroux (C/O 2021)||Holland Landing, ON (Y2S Project Excellence – Gold Gauntlet)|
|Josh Martins (C/O 2021)||Richmond Hill, ON (Shoot to Learn)||Shane Fearon (C/O 2023)||Ajax, ON (Durham City Bulldogs)|