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.
Last year, the inaugural BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game was the start of a big summer for Jamal Murray. The co-MVP of the game put together quite the performance in the game, and it started what was his ascent to stardom leading up to his freshman year with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Who would step up this year?
With star players like Justin Jackson (injury) and Thon Maker (NBA Draft prep) not playing, the opportunity was there for any one of the other 22 players to step up and leave their mark on the 2016 edition of the game.
Several of the players have already committed to universities for the 2016-17 season, but others were looking to leave a lasting impression as they work towards taking their game to the next level.
Nobody left their mark more than Team White guard Jahvon Blair. Despite his team trailing for most of the game, Blair led his team on a ferocious comeback in the second half.
The one player that fans will have their eyes on will be Maker. The big man declared for the NBA Draft without having played a single game in the NCAA, so the NBA has some deliberating to do in determining his eligibility.
He has a unique skill set for a player of his size. He can shoot the ball from three point range, and he can also dominate in the paint on both ends of the floor.
Outside of Maker, there are other talented players people need to be aware of on Monday night inside the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
In light of recent events, top prospect Thon Maker will undoubtedly be the one player that most will come to see. With his recent announcement to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft without playing a game in college, all eyes will be on the big man to see what he can do.
But, there are talented players all over the game this season. Justin Jackson, who will play for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels next season, will be back, along with Matur Maker.
As announced earlier this month, TSN’s exclusive broadcast of the BIOSTEEL ALL-CANADIAN BASKETBALL GAME tips off on Monday, April 11at7:30 p.m. ET on TSN, live from the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
Last season, Canada put the world on notice with the amount of up-and-coming talent from coast to coast. The inaugural edition of the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game was a success, and year two promises to be even more exciting.