TORONTO, Ont. — The third time is the charm.
After a successful first two years, Pretty River Sports and Entertainment, Canada Basketball, and BioSteel are hoping that the third annual BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game is their best one yet.
With the talent that will be on display on the hardwood over the two days this year, two things are for certain.
The first is that this year’s event will be one that fans won’t want to miss. Several players in Monday’s showcase are top recruits in the NCAA, and have committed to play for some of the biggest programs across the country.
The second is that the talent level for Canada Basketball continues to rise. Fans in attendance will get a great look at the future of Canada Basketball, before they take the next steps in their respective careers.
Here’s a look at the rosters for both the Nike BioSteel Futures All-Canadian Game, which takes place on Sunday, and the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, which tips off Monday night.
Sunday, April 9th: Nike Skills Challenge (Athlete Institute; Orangeville, Ont.)
Events: Sport Chek Three Point Challenge, BMO Slam Dunk Contest, Nike BioSteel Futures All-Canadian Game
Sunday provides fans with an up-close and personal look at a variety of athletes who will be taking part in the two day event. The three point challenge and the slam dunk contest will both feature players from both the Futures All-Canadian Game and the BioSteel All-Canadian Game.
One can expect some sharp shooting from players you may not expect to see excel in the three point contest, and some high-profile dunks.
Jaelin Llewellyn threw down this dunk to score a perfect 50 and advance to the finals at last year’s event, which he would go onto win.
While the participants for the two events have yet to be released, we do have the roster for the Futures All-Canadian Game, which will profile the best players from across the country in grades nine and ten.
|Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe||Orangeville Prep|
|Kobe Antwi||King’s Christian|
|Joshua Bascoe||Bishop Reding|
|Charles Bediako||St. Marcellinus|
|Damanni Browne||St. Augustine|
|Matteus Case||Pine Ridge|
|John Dhuol||Athlete Institute Prep|
|Kyle Duke||St. Michael’s College School|
|Kobe Elvis||St. Edmund Campion|
|Godwin Ilumoka||Bishop Redding|
|Kyler Filewich||Vincent Massey|
|George Lefebvre||College Beaubois|
|Makur Maker||The Tech Academy|
|Kevonne Marshall||Father Henry Carr|
|Marcus Moore||Jean Vanier|
|Joshua Morgan||St. Augustine|
|Mabeny Naam||Athlete Institute Prep|
|Malachi Ndur||Central Elgin|
|Ladera Obang||St. John’s Kilmarnock|
|Addison Patterson||Athlete Institute Prep|
|Shemar Rathan-Mayes||Orangeville Prep|
|Luka Sakota||King’s Christian|
|Paris Shand||Bill Crothers|
|Coleman Stucke||King’s Christian|
|Johnny Vrdoljak||Christ the King|
Monday: BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game (Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport; Toronto, ONT)
For the second year in a row, the main event will take place inside the state-of-the-art Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport at the University of Toronto. A perfect venue for the event, fans get the up-close look at the brightest stars that the country has to offer.
This year’s edition of the event comes on the heels of a successful launch of the CALI vs. CANADA Showcase, which saw Prolific Prep play host to Orangeville Prep in Sacramento, California. While Prolific Prep rolled to a double-digit victory, witnessing a pair of top programs in North America go head-to-head will only add excitement to this year’s event.
Several players who took part in the showcase game will appear in the All-Canadian Basketball game.
Here’s a look at this year’s crop of players who will take part in the festivities.
2017 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game Roster
Name (Home Province), School
Emmanual Akot* (Manitoba), Wasatch Academy (UT)
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Ontario), Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (TN)
Jaden Bediako (Ontario), Ridley College (Ont.)
Jahvon Blair (Ontario), Athlete Institute Prep (Ont.)
Ignas Brazdeikis (Ontario), Orangeville Prep (Ont.)
O’Shae Brissett (Ontatio), Athlete Institute Prep (Ont.)
Marcus Carr (Ontario), Montverde Academy (FL)
Christian David (Ontario), Vermont Academy (VT)
Jerome Desrosiers (Quebec), Northfield Mount Herman (MA)
Danilo Djuricic (Ontario), St. Michael’s College School (Ont.)
Luguentz Dort (Quebec), The Conrad Academy (FL)
Quincy Guerrier (Quebec), Thetford Academy (Que.)
Abu Kigab (Ontario), Prolific Prep (CA)
Noah Kirkwood (Ontario), Ashbury College (Ont.)
Jaelin Llewellyn (Ontario), Virginia Episcopal (VA)
Anthony Longpre* (Quebec), Glenelg Country School (MD)
Matur Maker (Ontario), The Tech Academy (Ont.)
Emanuel Miller (Ontario), Bill Crothers (Ont.)
Andrew Nembhard* (Ontario), Montverde Academy (FL)
Keshaun Saunders (Ontario), Orangeville Prep (Ont.)
Daniel Sackey (Manitoba), 22 Feet Academy
Grant Shepard (British Columbia), Montverde Academy (FL)
Simisola Shittu (Ontario), Vermont Academy (VT)
Stefan Smith (Ontario), Bill Crothers (Ont.)
Shamiel Stevenson (Ontario), Hillcrest Prep
Josip Vrankic (Ontario), Wasatch Academy (UT)
Howard Washington (Ontario), Athlete Institute Prep (Ont.)
* – Emmanuel Akot, Junior Farquhar, Anthony Longpre, and Andrew Nembhard were selected to appear in the game but are unable to participate due to injury. Shai Alexander, Lindell Wigginton, and RJ Barrett were selected to appear in the game but are unable to participate due to schedule conflicts or academic obligations.
Several of the players in this year’s event have committed to top level universities in Division I. Some will even become teammates, while others will become conference rivals.
Both Carr and Stevenson have committed to the Pittsburgh Panthers as a part of the 2017 recruiting class. Carr is a four-star recruit in ESPN’s Class of 2017 rankings. The duo will be joined in the ACC by Brissett, who will suit up for the Syracuse Orange, and Alexander-Walker, who will join the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Brissett and Alexander-Walker are both ranked inside ESPN’s Top 100 recruits in the Class of 2017.
Djuricic and Desrosiers will become enemies in the Ivy League next season, as Djuricic will join the Harvard Crimson, and Desrosiers will join the Princeton Tigers.
Christian David and Abu Kigab were both four-star recruits, and have committed to the Butler Bulldogs and Oregon Ducks, respectively.
A pair of recruits, Akot and Wigginton, were invited to the event, but were unable to attend for various reasons.
Despite their absence, the level of talent in the game will undoubtedly be on par with year’s past. Obviously, the likes of NBA first-rounders Jamal Murray and Thon Maker won’t be around, but the game doesn’t lack star power.
The biggest name is 6’8” forward Ignas Brazdeikis. The forward was a man on a mission for Orangeville Prep this season. In their game against Kigab and Prolific Prep in Sacramento, Brazdeikis went off for 50 points in the loss.
If he isn’t on the radar of seemingly every team in the NCAA by now, something is wrong.
Ever since the event started back in 2015, the game has drawn a spectacular crowd. With the game being played on TSN, it allows all of Canada to witness the talent that the nation has to offer on the hardwood.
Here’s to another great installment of Canada’s finest high school basketball showcase.
– T. Bennett