Check These Basketball Players Out
Basketball season, for the guys, has started.
Well, if we include tournaments, it has been on for many weeks.
And, many people claim that more than any high school sport, this one tends to attract fans - usually for tournaments and playoffs. It's also a place to find college and university coaches looking to find that one player who just might make a difference. Then, convincing him to make the move - and stay in Canada.
Far too many times, and for various reasons, media people tend to focus on the super or elite teams. You know what I mean. And, I am told, there's always chatter on discussion boards about players who don't get what coaches and parents call "the attention they deserve" - whatever that means.
So, I got around to a few games this past week - and got lucky. Also, listened to opinions from people and, with apologies to many, put together a few names of players to watch over the next three months. Yes, players on teams who have put up some big performances, points and have been consistent.
No special order here, and comment as you wish, but time to toot the horn for these guys.
- Brandon Bos at Markham. Might be small, but he is talented. His team is 11-3 over-all and Bos has led his team in scoring the past five games. Check out his video on You Tube.
- Brandon Chase, Georges Vanier. Heard about him because his school coach took the time to tell me to check out this 6-foot forward. He's scored 20 or more points in nine games, not all wins.
- Anthony Lyle-Wade, Borden. He attends a small school focusing on business and technical studies. He scored 37 points in a win the other day. How about the 42 points - in a loss?
- Stefan Nastic, Thornhill. Can't miss this forward. He's about 6-foot-10, Duke and Maryland are NCAA schools interested in him. He also played a summer for the Serbian National team.
- Alex Abou-Akl, Brebeuf. He's a 6-foot-1 guard at the school in York Region and has been consistent on a team that might make the Final Eight league playoffs. Canadian colleges and universities take note.
- Mike Grasic, Gonzaga. Plays defence well. Big, tough and can score. Oh yes, he's 6-foot-8. Graduating year, too. Good coaches can make magic with these kind of players.
- Mamadou Mutombo, Pine Ridge. Name sound familiar? His uncle Dikembe, was a former NBA player. This high school player, a guard, has already scored 42 points in a game.
- Trevon Adomako-Osei, Dante Alighieri. He's at a school known more for soccer than hoops. Check him out. Ran track for the school last Spring and has led his basketball team in scoring so far.
- Evon Gayle, Keswick. Apparently, he's only in grade 11 but has already scored 25 or more points in a game this year for his York Region senior boys' team.
- Joseph Ojelade, Central Peel. Most points in a game this year goes to him - 43. His team, which plays in the Tier Two league, lost that Peel Region game, 80-78.