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VanCity Showcase renamed the CALI vs. Canada Showdown; relocated due to uncertainty with Trump travel ban

Due to several players on the roster at Prolific Prep, and uncertainty surrounding the Trump travel ban, the VanCity Showcase has been renamed the CALI vs. Canada Showdown, and will be played in Sacramento, Calif. (Source: CALI vs. Canada Showdown)
Due to several players on the roster at Prolific Prep, and uncertainty surrounding the Trump travel ban, the VanCity Showcase has been renamed the CALI vs. Canada Showdown, and will be played in Sacramento, Calif. (Source: CALI vs. Canada Showdown)

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Back at the end of November, basketball in Canada was given another boost on the international stage with the announcement of the inaugural VanCity Showcase that was set to take place on March 18th, 2017.

The game was to feature two of the top prep teams in North America, one each from Canada and the United States. The national powerhouse program known as Prolific Prep (Napa, CA) was set to make the trip north of the border to take on the Orangeville Prep Bears (Orangeville, Ont.) inside the historic UBC War Memorial Gymnasium.

However, with the recent travel ban issued by President Donald Trump, concerns grew surrounding the international players on the roster at Prolific Prep.

On Monday afternoon, those concerns were addressed, and the game was relocated due to the uncertainty surrounding the ban. Continue reading VanCity Showcase renamed the CALI vs. Canada Showdown; relocated due to uncertainty with Trump travel ban

Former Wichita State Forward Signs with the Cape Breton Highlanders

Chadrack Lufile was a part of the Wichita State team that went 35-1 in 2013-14. Now, in his third season of professional basketball, he's returning to Canada to play for the Cape Breton Highlanders.
Chadrack Lufile was a part of the Wichita State team that went 35-1 in 2013-14. Now, in his third season of professional basketball, he’s returning to Canada to play for the Cape Breton Highlanders.

The 2013-14 edition of the Wichita State Shockers were one of the best teams in recent memory in college basketball, by far.

While the Shockers ultimately fell to the Kentucky Wildcats in the Round of 32, that was their only blemish of the year. They finished the season with a record of 35-1, running the table in the regular season before falling in the NCAA Tournament.

Gregg Marshall’s squad had the likes of seniors Cleanthony EarlyNick Wiggins, Chadrack Lufile, and Kadeem Coleby, and a slew of young stars who were household names later in their careers. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet were both sophomores at the time, while Tekele Cotton was a junior, and Shaquille Morris was only a freshman.

After graduation, the senior class went separate ways. Early was drafted by the New York Knicks, and Lufile was drafted by the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the third round of the NBA D-League Draft. The Canadian big man played just nine games for the Skyforce due to a torn ACL.

Now, his basketball journey has brought him back to where it all started.

Canada.

On Wednesday, Lufile signed a contract to play in the NBL Canada, joining the expansion Cape Breton Highlanders for the 2016-17 season. Continue reading Former Wichita State Forward Signs with the Cape Breton Highlanders

London Lightning Trade Warren Ward to Windsor Express for Two Players

On Tuesday, the London Lightning traded hometown boy Warren Ward to their rivals, the Windsor Express, in exchange for the rights to Doug Herring, Jr and Maurice Bolden. (Source: London Lightning)
On Tuesday, the London Lightning traded hometown boy Warren Ward to their rivals, the Windsor Express, in exchange for the rights to Doug Herring, Jr and Maurice Bolden. (Source: London Lightning)

With the 2016-17 NBL Canada season under a month away, teams are starting to assemble their training camp rosters, and get the right pieces in place as they embark on the journey towards the NBL Canada Championship.

Even though each team protected six players from last year’s roster at the start of the off-season, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from off-season moves.

On Tuesday, the London Lightning and the Windsor Express pulled off a trade that will drastically shake up the lineup for both teams moving forwards.

The Lightning sent hometown boy, and fan favourite, Warren Ward to the Express, in exchange for the rights to Doug Herring, Jr. and a former Lightning player, Maurice Bolden. Continue reading London Lightning Trade Warren Ward to Windsor Express for Two Players

Inaugural VANCITY Showcase Brings Elite High School Basketball to the West Coast

Gary Trent, Jr. and the powerhouse Prolific Prep Academy will travel north of the border to Vancouver, B.C. to take on Orangeville Prep in the inaugural VANCITY Showcase on March 18th, 2017. (Source: Rich Manahan) (Header Photo: James MacDonald Photography)
Gary Trent, Jr. and the powerhouse Prolific Prep Academy will travel north of the border to Vancouver, B.C. to take on Orangeville Prep in the inaugural VANCITY Showcase on March 18th, 2017. (Source: Rich Manahan) (Header Photo: James MacDonald Photography)

The Canadian Basketball landscape is at an all-time high in 2016, and all signs point to that rise continuing as the calendar switches to 2017.

Pretty River Sports and Entertainment (PRSE) are the owners and operators of several sport and entertainment properties, including the Athlete Institute Basketball Academy in Mono, ON, the Orangevile A’s of the NBL Canada, and the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game, just to name a few.

On Friday, they announced another event that will feature some of the best up-and-coming basketball talent that both Canada and the United States of America have to offer.

The inaugural VANCITY Showcase will take place on March 18th, 2017, and will feature a pair of powerhouse programs. Orangeville Prep (Orangeville, Ontario) will square off against the perennial powerhouse known as Prolific Prep (Napa, California) in the first edition of the showcase.

The event will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Continue reading Inaugural VANCITY Showcase Brings Elite High School Basketball to the West Coast

Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

The talent level of basketball players coming out of Canada over the past few years has been impressive, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.

Several of the top recruits in the Class of 2017 are from the Great White North. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (#29 in ESPN’s Top 100) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, guard Lindell Wigginton (#49) has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones, and forward Christian David (#83) has committed to the Butler Bulldogs.

While the future is bright, the present is also just as bright for the game of basketball in Canada.

The 2016-17 season isn’t even two weeks old yet, but there are several Canadians who have looked impressive in the NCAA. Some are in their first years in Division I, while others are experienced leaders on championship contenders.

Here are just a few of the many Canadians who are budding stars in the NCAA. Continue reading Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Former Arizona State Guard Jahii Carson Signs with the Island Storm

After playing last season in Turkey, former Arizona State star Jahii Carson has signed with the Island Storm in the NBL Canada.
After playing last season in Turkey, former Arizona State star Jahii Carson (1) has signed with the Island Storm in the NBL Canada.

Don’t look now, but the NBL Canada has quietly become a premier destination for players who are looking to earn contracts overseas or in the NBA.

In the last 18 months alone, a slew of former NCAA stars have taken to the court in Canada, either starting their professional careers right out of college, or with the hopes of re-launching their careers.

Last season, the likes of Brandan Kearney (Michigan State Spartans/Detroit Titans)Sherron Collins (Kansas Jayhawks)Stephen Maxwell (Cal State Northridge Matadors), and several other former NCAA stars were on NBL Canada rosters. Maxwell was named the NBL Canada Rookie of the Year in his first year out of college, and has his sights set on the NBA D-League in 2016-17.

In 2016-17, more NCAA talents are making their way north of the border. The Moncton Miracles added a pair of Division I talents, signing Russell Byrd (Michigan State) and Darius Jones-Gibson (Samford Bulldogs) to professional contracts, while several teams drafted Division I talents in the inaugural All-Canadian draft.

However, it was the Island Storm who made the biggest free agency signing of the off-season so far.

On Friday morning, the Storm announced that they had signed guard Jahii Carson for the 2016-17 season. Continue reading Former Arizona State Guard Jahii Carson Signs with the Island Storm