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Tordawg



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Class of 2018 Reply with quote

The most prestigious high school all-star game is the McDonalds All American. Of the 24 players selected for this year's game at Philips Arena (Home of the Atlanta Hawks) two are Canadian. R.J. Barrett from Florida's #1 ranked high school in the U.S., Montverde Academy and Simi Shittu of Vermont Academy. These two claim to be friends, but history would seem to indicate a certain level of friction between the two GTHAers. They are on different squads at the March 28th affair and are going to different colleges in September. R.J. to Duke and Simi to Vanderbilt. Maybe one day they will get on the same page with the SMNT.

Had a chance to watch the final day of the Dan Pendergast St. Mike's Tournament a couple of weeks back. Even with most elite players scattered in prep schools across the U.S. or Canada , like the two aforementioned, there still was a number of players I saw who could help out on many a USPORTS squad. Certainly Kevin Otoo from Central Toronto Academy (Formerly Central Commerce High School, but a name change was necessary to attract more students who thought a Commerce school didn't have the required subjects for university entry. They do.). Anyway Mr. Otoo standing at 6'0" had 3 dunks in the championship game won by CTA over Pineridge and nearly another. He dropped that one in a la NCAA players in the sixties when they banned dunking. Certainly has the athleticism to play on a USPORTS team to go with his other solid talents. BTW, I felt like I was at a tennis match in that championship game as both teams went end to end at a furious pace. The North is coming. Watch out world.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Metro Classic held in New Jersey this past weekend saw the No. 1 ranked Monteverde Academy (Monteverde, Fla.) finish their regular season at 32-0 with three wins. The win on Friday was a classic as Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) was up by 6 points with 30 seconds left in the game. That's when RJ Barrett put it in another physical and mental gear scoring the last 7 points for a 60-59 victory. The top prospect for the worldwide Class of 2018 seems to be the real deal yo.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R.J. Barrett named the 2018 Naismith high school boys' player of the year in the United States. Only the second Canadian to win award after Andrew Wiggins in 2013. Barrett's team, Montverde Academy is undefeated so far at 31-0. Coming up later this month are the national high school tournament in New York to determine national champion.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

R.J. also added two more player of the year awards. The Gatorade National Player of the Year given for commitment to athletic excellence (averaging 28 pts, 8 rebs, 4 dimes, 2 steals), academic achievement (3.1 GPA) and exemplary character. The Morgan Wooten Player of the Year for the top high school senior who displays outstanding leadership and character on and off the court as well as embodying the true meaning of a student-athlete. Previous winners of the Wooten include LeBron James (2003) and Ben Simmons (2015).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monteverde Academy (Fla) with two Canadian starters R.J. Barrett (Duke) 25 pts, 15 rebs and Andrew Nembhard (Florida) 8 pts, 13 dimes beat University (Fort Lauderdale) 76-58 in the GEICO High School Nationals. Both are slated to play in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 13 in Portland, OR.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nike Hoop Summit game saw World Selects beat USA 89-76 as Duke commit R.J. Barrett took home MVP with 20p, 9r, 6a, 5s in 29':54". Florida commit Andrew Nembhard had 5p, 4a in 22':17". Michigan commit Ignas Brazdeikis had 9p, 4r, 3a, 1s in 12':16". At the end of the game celebrations RJ and Iggy passed each other both looking off the other. Hope these guys get over the bad blood by the time they are mainstays on the SMNT. Can you imagine if they were both on the same page at the World U19. Michigan-Duke next season should be intriguing especially if it takes place on April 1, 2019.

Next up is Signature All-Canadian Showcase at hershey Centre in Mississauga on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. I watched the Hoop Summit game on FIBA Facebook and it sure sounded like the announcers were the ESPN crew. Obviously biased to the USA as they continually talked about Bol Bol, Grimes and Garland. They even said this was RJ's last high school game. Don't they know about the All-Canadian game, I mean ESPN is televising it. Duh, just missed out on a marketing opportunity.
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