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HoopStars Review: Toronto Prospect Camps
By: Barry Hayes
Updated:
Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett

Some spent their entire month of July on basketball courts across the continent, while others were looking at this invitation as their chance to make a breakthrough performance on home soil. Over 200 of our finest ballers in Ontario competed at the NCAA-sanctioned B Game Recruiting Camp & the All Canada Prospect Camp at the end of July. HoopStars Canada watched both Toronto events over a three-day period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B Game Recruiting Camp
Dates: July 29-30, 2010
Location: Hoopdome (Toronto, ON)
Best Impressions: A large group of 128 kids from various ages. An excellent coaches’ booklet included key information for every kid involved. The Hoopdome facility allows four games to go on at the same time (in one big room) and the organizers used it well. It allowed several possibilities to focus on an age group of your choice for a length of time. All members of the Team Takeover Canada family, among the elite AAU programs, participated from the Class of 2011-2016. A very good turnout of NCAA Division 1 coaches. The food service was also a great addition.

Top 20 Game Rosters

Team 1
Anthony Bennett 6’6” PF (2012), Findlay (NV)
Nazareth Long 6’2” CG (2012), Findlay (NV)
Tevin Findlay 6’3” SG (2013), Father Henry Carr (Toronto)
Tanveer Bhullar 7’2” C (2013), Kiski (PA)
Nick Lewis 6’1” CG (2012), Huntington (WV)
Jarryn Skeete 6’2” PG (2012), Wasatch (UT)
Nicholas Madray 6’7” PF (2013), Stephen Lewis (Mississauga)
Juwan Brescacin 6’5” SF (2012), Culver (IN)
Dinjiyl Walker 6’0” SG (2012), Academy of the New Church (PA)

Team 2
Sim Bhullar 7’4” C (2012), Kiski (PA)
Dylan Ennis 6’0” PG (2011), Lake Forest (IL)
Tyler Ennis 6’0” PG (2013), Lake Forest (IL)
Martin Dixon-Green 6’3” SG (2012), Vermont Academy
Grandy Glaze 6’5” PF (2011), Notre Dame (MA)
Kevin Thomas 6’7” PF (2011), St. Mary’s Ryken (MD)
Bryan Rouse 6’3” SG (2011), Brehm (IL)
Jordan Robinson 6’6” PF (2014), David & Mary Thomson (Toronto)
Richard Audu 6’3” SF (2012), Metro Prep (Toronto)
Jonathan Alexander 6’4” SF (2012), undecided*

Standout Performances

Anthony Bennett 6’6” PF (2012), Findlay (NV)
Anthony has always thrived in this kind of environment. He has great hands and scary length, so highlight-reel dunks come early and often when he gets out and runs in transition. Even in a halfcourt setting, if he gets the ball anywhere near the hoop, power jams seem to follow. You could also take note of his versatility, as he can catch & shoot or stop & pop from 3-point range with his feet set and good rotation on the ball.

Nazareth Long 6’2” CG (2012), Findlay (NV)
While many tired players lost their intensity on the floor over the course of the camp, Naz’s energy level seemed to gradually accelerate, culminating in a standout performance in the Top 20 Game. Looking stronger and more confident, he made a very good case that he has reached a projection as a mid-major D1 level talent. He still may be more suited for an off-guard position at the next level, where he can still be a facilitator, but focus more on scoring. His shooting form looked better and his ability to switch speeds with the ball constantly had opposing guards off balance.

Tevin Findlay 6’3” SG (2013), Father Henry Carr (Toronto)
An electric all-around talent, Tevin is one of the many reasons the young talent is bright in Canada. Having grown in size & confidence, he has really elevated his game this year. As one of the youngest players chosen for the Top 20 Game, he is an explosive talent off the dribble with his quickness and appears to be just starting to tap into his considerable upside.

Tyler Ennis 6’0” PG (2013), Lake Forest (IL)
A pass-first point guard that can penetrate, misdirect defenders, and find an open teammate. He does all this and more with a seemingly effortless fashion that you might predict he will yawn when it happens next. Tyler is not afraid of contact when he is slashing to the rim and his outside shooting is another strength, despite a somewhat unusual rotation on the ball.

Martin Dixon-Green 6’3” SG (2012), Vermont Academy
After missing a considerable amount of his prep year at Mountain State Academy (Beckley, WV), Martin is fighting his way back with a green bill of health. The form on his outside shot still looks good, while his athleticism finishing off the dribble is getting back on track as well. Don’t be surprised to see him dunking on the opposition consistently again and re-establish himself as one of the top Canadians in the Class of 2012.

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All Canada Prospect Camp
Dates: July 30-31, 2010
Location: Ryerson University (Toronto, ON)
Best Impressions: Over 100 prospects were involved from various ages. It was an eclectic gathering of NCAA, CIS, and community college prospects. An air-conditioned gymnasium is always a plus. Like they did earlier at the B Camp, the U15 Ontario team provided opposition for the prospect camp’s scrimmages as preparation for Nationals in Winnipeg (where they won the Gold medal). Lots of hungry kids were looking to make a good impression. All conveniently located in downtown Toronto.


Top 20 Game Rosters

Team 1
Kevin Pangos 6’1” PG (2012), Dr. John M Denison (Newmarket)
Joe Rocca 6’3” SG (2011), St. Christopher (Sarnia)
Ammanuel Diressa 6’4” SG (2011), Eastern Commerce (Toronto)
Ancil Martin 6’5” PF (2010), Mother Teresa (Toronto)
Aaron McGowan 5’11” PG (2010), Pope John Paul II (Toronto)
Dennis Ankrah 6’5” PF (2011), Silverthorn (Toronto)
Brandon John 6’1” SG (2011), Lawrence Park (Toronto)
Danzel Lynch-Blair 6’2” SG (2012), Jarvis (Toronto)
Adam Elhereich 6’3” SF (2012), Father Goetz (Mississauga)
Raushan Arthur 6’1” SG (2011), Northern (Toronto)

Team 2
Duane Notice 6’2” SG (2013), St. Michael’s (Toronto)
Aaron Best 6’4” SF (2011), Eastern Commerce (Toronto)
Trevor Andrews 6’5” PF (2012), Northern (Toronto)
Mike Lafricain 6’0” PG (2011), St. Ignatius of Loyola (Mississauga)
Ryan Augustine 6’1” SG (2010), REDA (Burlington)
George Mason 5’11” SG (2010), St. Michael’s (Toronto)
Philip Jevtovic 6’5” PF (2010), Toronto French School
Adika Peter-McNeilly 6’1” SG (2012), Mother Teresa (Toronto)
Shaquille Goldson 6’5” PF (2011), Meadowvale (Mississauga)
Dylan Periana 5’10” PG (2010), St. Marguerite d’Youville (Brampton)

Standout Performances

Kevin Pangos 6’1” PG (2012), Dr. John M Denison (Newmarket)
He was the main attraction to the D1 scouts in attendance that made the trip and he did not disappoint. As seen at both camps, his National Team experience earlier in the summer showed a lasting positive effect. Kevin was easily the top prospect competing and is a treat to watch. His natural ability to consistently pick the highest percentage option for his team (e.g. pass, drive, shoot, lead) separates him from all the other guards. Needless to say, you want him to lead your team. He is still an excellent outside shooter and looked to have added some much-needed strength as well.

Joe Rocca 6’3” SG (2011), St. Christopher (Sarnia)
Always attentive and working hard, Joe really impressed as a scorer. His shooting ability stands out the most. He has a quick release that looks smooth with his feet set, even if he’s pulling up off the dribble. With seemingly unlimited range, he needs to be monitored at all times if he’s on the other team.

Aaron Best 6’4” SF (2011), Eastern Commerce (Toronto)
A lefty with impressive athleticism, Aaron has made great improvements to his overall game. With his length, speed, and motor, he is a great defensive stopper for varying positions. He is more than happy to clean up the offensive boards or get out and run in transition. Adding a consistent jumpshot should be his next goal to add another dimension to his all-around game.

Malcolm Duvivier 5’11” PG (2014), St. Michael’s (Toronto)
It is tough to find a hungrier player on the court. Malcolm plays equally as tenacious on defence than he does on offence. As the starting point guard on the U15 Provincial team, he looks comfortable with the roles of distributor, scorer, and overall leader. His ability to thread the needle or bulldoze his way to the hoop while attacking at high speeds is rarely seen at his age.

Pat Pilato 6’1” CG (2012), St. Francis (St. Catharines)
An U15 Provincial Team member last year, Pat will not stand out with flair or eyebrow-raising athleticism at such an event. However, he is a strong and efficient combo guard option with a very good skillset. His strengths begin with his fundamentals. He always makes good passing decisions as a talented ballhandler. He uses his body at proper protective angles to finish near the hoop on offence, while showing quick lateral footwork to keep slashers in front of him on the other end. Pat can also play the role as scorer with mid and long-range shooting ability.

Photo of Anthony Bennett from FIBA.com