On Point Summer Pro Am Week 3 Recap

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As we pass the halfway point of Season 2 of the On Point Summer League Pro-Am, Week 3 provided the first shocking moment of the season. Here’s what happened.

TEAM ON POINT REMAINS PERFECT WITH WIN OVER X-MEN

In what has been expected from the top team of the Pro-Am, Team On Point (3-0) had four players score in double figures as they beat a gritty X-Men team (1-2), 80-71. With the win, On Point is the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

Although both teams shot 50 per cent from the field, Team On Point made six more field goals (34-28), had four more steals (11-7), and dished out nine more assists (21-12) than Team X-Men.

On top of being the only team with an undefeated record, Team On Point also has not trailed at any point during this season thus far.

“We have a lot of continuity,” On Point guard Jamal Reynolds said, who had a hyper-efficient performance from the field with a team-high 19 points on 75 per cent shooting (9-12) along with six rebounds and six assists. “We’ve brought back most of our returning team and we’ve all shared and moved the ball. We all don’t care who’s been scoring and it’s been working so far.

Nigel Tyghter, Alex Johnson & Jalyn Pennie of On Point

The continuity and depth from On Point was tested as starting point guard Jabs Newby (lacerated finger) left the game in the first half and did not return, forcing guard Jovan Leamy into action.

“He played very well; he stepped up and didn’t try to do too much which was the most important thing,” Reynolds said of Leamy stepping up to the plate. “He was a key factor for us winning.”

Jalyn Pennie had another strong game with 18 points, eight rebounds and a game-high three blocks while Alex Johnson had 15 points and a game high seven assists.

Nigel Tyghter rounded out the players in double figures for Team On Point, with 13 points on a perfect night shooting from the field (6-6), providing hustle plays, especially in the second half.

“He’s an absolute beast; he looks like he plays football,” Reynolds said of Tyghter. “He just does his role and doesn’t try to do things out of his element. He just catches the ball, finishes strong, protects the paint, and he’s very crucial for us to make another championship run.”

Davion Parnsalu of X-Men

Davion Parnsalu did everything he could to keep X-Men in the game, leading all players with 22 points and four steals. Jayden Frederick, fresh off a flame throwing performance in Week 2 against Toben, scored all 19 of his points in the second half while Kevon Parchment had 13 points and a game high nine rebounds in the loss.

X-Men guard Nick Lewis was tossed out of the game after picking up his second technical foul midway through the second half. The game ended with a minute to go after Parchment and Joseph Wani both fouled out for Team X-Men, leaving them with just three players.

On Point scored the first eight points of the game before X-Men responded with eight unanswered. An alley-oop jam by Pennie seemed to give On Point the momentum heading into intermission but six straight points from Team X-Men, capped off by a steal and buzzer beating layup from Parnsalu, left On Point with a slim 33-30 lead at the half.

Team On Point then went on a 15-2 run, capped off by a layup from Reynolds, to give On Point its largest lead of the night at 52-36. X-Men kept chipping away but could not get over the hump as the closest they could get to was five.

A rematch of last year’s championship game will be underway at 7:00pm Wednesday as On Point and Toben square off. Meanwhile Team X-Men are in a must-win situation as they look to secure a playoff spot with a win against Starting 5 at 8:10pm.

Jayden Frederick of X-Men

M.A.D.E. PREVAILS IN BATTLE OF THE WINLESS: PLAYOFF HOPES STILL ALIVE

M.A.D.E. and Starting 5 were basically in a win or go home situation. With both teams winless heading into Week 3, a win was crucial to either team’s playoff hopes.

In the end, it was M.A.D.E. who kept their slim playoff hopes alive with an 84-61 blowout win of Starting 5. With Daniel Mullings and Duane Notice on the team, M.A.D.E got much-needed reinforcements and it showed in terms of the depth of talent between the two teams.

Five players finished in double figures for M.A.D.E., led by Darnell Landon’s 22 points and game high four steals.

“His offense was huge,” Mullings said. “He hit some crucial shots for us late in the shot clock, especially.”

Notice and Jaylen Babb-Harrison each had 14 while Ryan Wright had 13 and Mullings finished with 12, along with a team-high eight rebounds.

Dakota Lewis led Starting 5 with 20 points while Asher Lewis (12 points) was the only other player for them that scored in double figures. Jermel Kennedy grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds while Kevin Thomas stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the loss.

Although Starting 5 had a 35-31 edge on the glass, M.A.D.E. had a 17-9 edge in assists, led by five from Hussein Abdullahi, and also had a 10-5 edge in the steals column. M.A.D.E. also shot 54 per cent from the field while limiting Starting 5 to just 37 per cent shooting overall.

Darnell Landon of M.A.D.E.

Starting 5 had a lead for much of the first half as Asher and Dakota Lewis each had nine first half points but behind the strength of 13 straight points, M.A.D.E took control and eventually took a 37-29 lead into the half.

For much of the second half, Starting 5 kept the deficit at a manageable level but a triple from Landon, who had 15 second half points, sparked a backbreaking 23-6 run from M.A.D.E. to close out the game.

“I think we tightened up on defense and communicated more and got into the seams and stopped them; we got some steals,” Mullings said. “The rebounds helped us ignite our offense and fast break and that led us to push away.”

Jermel Kennedy, Kevin Thomas & Ritchie Kanza Mata of Starting 5

Despite the win, M.A.D.E cannot leave any room for error from here on out as a loss in their final game against United could effectively eliminate them from playoff contention. Mullings says that rebounding better is going to be crucial.

“We gave up a lot of second chance points (today) which kind of hurt us early in the game but I think once we tackled it and made it an emphasis a little bit, it helped us going forward,” Mullings said. “So I think we have to continue to focus on that side of the ball.”

Starting 5, who are now eliminated from playoff contention, will face off against X-Men Wednesday at 8:10pm. Meanwhile, M.A.D.E plays another must-win game against United in the final game of the regular season at 9:20pm.

And speaking about Team United…

Duane Notice of M.A.D.E.

UNITED GROWS UP FAST SHOCKING TOBEN AT THE BUZZER

It seems like whomever plays Team United will be in a dogfight with points hard to come by. This applied to Toben, aided with two of their key contributors Keith Barron Jr. and Gilbert Gyamfi out of action.

Despite that, Toben had the talent left to still pull off a win with Josh Collins, Dinjiyl Walker, and James Siakam in action. And it looked like they were going to pull off the win to continue their unbeaten season.

Khalid Abdel-Gabar had something to say about that, though.

Abdel-Gabar’s triple with 0.2 seconds left in the game gave United the stunning 66-65 win over Toben, sending everyone into a frenzy. United had overcome a 12 point first half deficit to win this game.

“Well, I knew we needed the basket,” Abdel-Gabar, who led United with 11 points and two steals, said. “I didn’t really have much of an opportunity to pass the ball so I knew I had to let it go.”

Khalid Abdel-Gabar of United vs Jameel Williamson of Toben

With the win, United now takes over second place in the Pro-Am standings while Toben is now in third.

Jace Colley and Liban Mohamed each had 10 points to round off the players scoring in double figures for United. Warsame Mohamed had a game-high nine rebounds while Yusuf Ali dished out a game-high six assists in the win.

For Toben, Collins led all scorers with 21 points; however, he missed a key free throw late in the game that gave United a chance to win the game instead of tie. Siakam had 19 points and eight rebounds while Walker finished with 15.

Toben had a 35-28 edge on the glass and shot 46 per cent overall compared to United’s 39 per cent. But a 13-5 edge in the assists category, plus a 12-8 edge from the free throw line and three more triples made (6-3), proved critical for United in pulling off the win.

“I think confidence plays a big role,” Abdel-Gabar said about the upset win. “All of our guys knew that we can win this game and as long as we have confidence, we’re going to go out knowing that we’re the better team. I would say we didn’t look at it as an upset.”

Collins had eight first half points while Anthony Ottley Jr., scored all of his seven points in the opening half as Toben went up by as many as 12 (27-15). But a triple from Liban Mohamed at the buzzer capped off a 13-5 run for United as they went into halftime, down just four (32-28).

Josh Collins of Toben

After both teams split the first eight points of the second half, United scored eight unanswered to take a four point lead (40-36) capped off by an and-one alley-oop layup from Colley. They took their largest lead at five (50-45) but Toben chipped away at the deficit and eventually took a three point lead with 1:34 to go (62-59) as United called for time.

Colley hit a layup and Abdel-Gabar hit a pair of free throws to retake the lead for United but a clutch step back jumper from Walker gave Toben the lead right back with 18 seconds to go (64-63).

United called its final timeout and Colley had a layup but missed it and Collins was intentionally fouled, sending him to the line for two. To everyone’s surprise, Collins missed the first one but bounced back and made the second, giving United one last chance.

Ali got the ball and found a streaking Abdel-Gabar, who dribbled to the three point line and fired away, rattling in the jumper to give United the lead for good, as his teammates mobbed him at centre court.

“We see him as a leader of the team and everybody trusts him to have the ball in his hands and make the right play,” Abdel-Gabar said about Ali. “He found the open man and I hit the shot.”

Toben had one last chance to pull off the win but the alley-oop pass was swatted away by Colley, ending the game.

Incredibly, Abdel-Gabar was drafted out of the combine by Team Toben but because of limited roster spots, decided to join United. This game was his first with the squad and boy, did he ever make an impact.

“They have a young group of guys and they’re quick,” Abdel-Gabar said about playing with United. “Everyone knows their role in the game and everyone likes to share the ball. Whenever we have that group of guys, we’re bound to have a good game.”

James Siakam & Dinjiyl of Toben battle Warsame Mohamed of United

Toben now has to recover quickly as a rematch of last year’s championship game will be Wednesday at 7:00pm against defending champion On Point as a win will be crucial for playoff implications.

Meanwhile, for United, another pressure packed game is in store for them in the regular season finale at 9:20pm as they face off against M.A.D.E., in a game that will most likely determine who gets into the postseason. Abdel-Gabar says the team needs to continue with the intensity that they had from this win into next game.

“We just have to move on to the next game with the same intensity,” said Abdel-Gabar. “Hopefully, this big win will show our guys what we can actually do in this league.”

TAKEAWAYS FROM WEEK 3

  • Heading into Week 3, both Team On Point and Team Toben did not trail at all in the On Point Summer League Pro-Am. While On Point extended that streak to three games (96 minutes), Toben had theirs snapped at 69 after a layup from Ali gave United a 7-6 lead.
  • The balance from M.A.D.E., was on display during Week 3 as five players scored in double figures. The drives in the paint from Mullings and Notice were a huge boost to the team and proved to be overwhelming for Starting 5 to handle.
  • United won’t run up the score on you on the offensive end but man, can they defend. They currently lead the league in opponent points allowed (180) and opponent points per game (60.0 ppg)
  • Meanwhile, On Point leads the league in points per game (85.7 ppg) and points scored (257). Their balance and depth on the offensive end, combined with their ball movement, have been exquisite.
  • Toben’s shooters went cold from behind the arc. After reaching double figures in made threes in the first two games, they shot a paltry 13 per cent (3-23) from behind the arc in Week 3.

ON POINT PERFORMERS OF THE GAME

Darnell Landon (M.A.D.E.): 22 points, 4 steals (9/14 FG, 4/9 3FG)

Jamal Reynolds (On Point): 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals  (9/12 FG, 1/2 FT)

Khalid Abdel-Gabar (United): 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals (4/9 FG, 1/1 3FG, 2/2 FT)

STANDINGS

TEAM Wins Losses Points for Points against Point differential
On Point – x 3 0 257 211 46
United 2 1 182 180 2
Toben 2 1 235 202 33
X-Men 1 2 204 214 -10
M.A.D.E. 1 2 230 241 -11
Starting 5 – o 0 3 175 233 -58

 

x- clinched playoff berth

o- eliminated

UP NEXT (WEEK 4: JULY 18, 2018)

On Point vs. Toben (7:00 pm)

Starting 5 vs. X-Men (8:10 pm)

United vs. M.A.D.E. (9:20 pm)

Playoff spots are on the line on July 18, as the gap for the fourth and final spot between X-Men and M.A.D.E., is razor thin, with X-Men having the edge in point differential… by one point.

On Point looks to end the regular season unbeaten against Toben, who look to clinch a playoff berth with a win. A win from United against M.A.D.E, will clinch at least the second seed for them but M.A.D.E., will look to make the standings interesting with a win.

X-Men looks to take advantage against still-winless Starting 5 and put themselves in a good position for a playoff spot but a loss to team Starting 5 could potentially play spoiler.

Written by Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Photos by Reel Motion Image

 

Canada defeats China in U17 Exhibition game ahead of FIBA World Cup

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LIEPAJA, LATVIA (July 15, 2018) – Team Canada’s U17 Women defeated Team China 83-73 on Sunday morning in Liepaja OC.

Yvonne Ejim and Sarah Te-Biasu led the way for Team Canada in the victory, scoring 11 points each while Ejim chipped in four rebounds and a pair of assists to go along with her point production. China was led by Xianglin Wu who scored a game-high 18 points.

Canada shot well in the opening frame, moving the ball with purpose and jumping out to an 18-15 lead heading into the second quarter. However, China quickly found their footing on offence, earning second-chance points as Canada held a slim 36-35 lead heading into halftime.

Canada fueled their offence through the pick and roll to begin the second half, but China’s consistent shooting from beyond the arc gave China a 58-56 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Canada’s offence continued to thrive in the halfcourt setting, but turnovers allowed China to stay in the game until the final minutes. However, one final scoring run from the red and white eventually gave Canada the 83-73 victory.

QUOTES

“Certainly our first win in our World Cup preparation is exciting, but of way bigger importance is that we responded to the challenges posed after yesterday’s loss. This exhibition series, and China today, provided another different style of play to come up against and we were happy to see how we adapted to the technical aspects, on top of the much improved consistency of effort and connection.  We are looking forward to another style of opponent in the US tomorrow.” – Head coach Jodi Graham

“I think our energy was a lot better from our previous game. Our energy was more positive, I think we had some really good touches and connections and we had some really great looks off of penetration. We spread the floor a lot better than last game so I’m happy about that.”  – Faith Dut

UP NEXT

The Canadian U17 Women’s National Team will play one more exhibition game against the USA in Latvia before participating in the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.

Nike Crown League Week 2 Recap

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Week two of Nike Crown League in Kerr Hall at Ryerson University saw a pair of comfortable victories and one game that went right down to the very last tenth of a second.

Northern Kings and M.A.D.E remained perfect while 6 Man got their first win of Crown League. ACE and CIA Bounce still search for their first win of the season while 1 Love T.O. dropped their first game.

6man (76) vs. 1Love T.O. (57)

Behind a sparkling performance from behind the arc, 6man (1-1) got their first win in Crown League, hitting 14 threes in a 76-57 win over 1 Love T.O. Danilo Djuricic led the way with 17 points on five made threes while Jean-Victor Mukuma had 15.

6man led in double digits for the majority of the first half and to begin the second half before 1 Love T.O. went on a 13-1 run to tie the game at 43, on a pair of free throws from Jalen Poyser. Mukuma, however, answered with a triple to retake a lead in which 6 Man would not relinquish for the game. That triple sparked a game changing 25-6 run.

Josh Collins led 1 Love with 14 points as they look to put this loss behind them in what will be a crucial matchup on Friday against CIA Bounce.

Danilo Djuricic of 6man

Northern Kings (72) vs. ACE (64)

Duane Notice could not be stopped, scoring a game 25 points for Northern Kings (2-0) as they held off ACE (0-2), 72-64. Notice was aggressive from the start in looking for his offense as his relentlessness and tenacity on the glass proved too much for Team ACE to overwhelm.

Negus Webster-Chan, from Raptors 905, chipped in with 12 points on three made triples while Nick Lewis provided a huge boost in the second half with timely triples to stop any sort of momentum that ACE had.

Myck Kabongo scored 14 of his team high 21 points for ACE in the second half as they trailed from almost the very beginning despite keeping it within single digits for much of the game.

With three minutes to go in the game, Northern Kings were just up by three (56-53) as Adika Peter-McNeilly went to the line for two. He made the first before missing the second; however, he rebounded his own miss and ran to the corner where he promptly drained a massive triple.

That four point play effectively proved to be a major dent in ACE’s comeback attempt as Northern Kings held on the rest of the way.

ACE looks to keep their playoff hopes alive against unbeaten M.A.D.E. on Friday while Northern Kings look to remain perfect on Friday against 6 Man.

CIA Bounce (71) vs. M.A.D.E. (73)

And now…the game of the night. It was a back-and-forth affair as CIA Bounce looked to get its first win against defending champion M.A.D.E. With CIA Bounce down two, Dylan Ennis missed the second free throw but grabbed the offensive rebound and looked to tie the game with three seconds left.

Enter Mike Fraser. The M.A.D.E. big man swatted it back to Ennis, who deflected it out of bounds, effectively ending any hopes of the game going into overtime, as M.A.D.E (2-0) won a nail biter, 73-71.

“It was huge because we did a terrible job rebounding like we did all game,” M.A.D.E guard Jermaine Anderson said. “Dylan made a perfect miss but Mike made an incredible play. And we took care of business.”

Jehvon Shepherd led M.A.D.E. with 26 points as his finishing around the rim was nothing short of spectacular.

“Jehvon is my brother,” Anderson said, referring to the both of them playing together for seven years. “I’m actually working him out now rather than working with him.

Jehvon Shepherd of M.A.D.E.

The effort spoiled an otherworldly performance from Ennis, who had a game high 28 points on four made triples for CIA Bounce (0-2) as he kept the defense off-balance with jumpers off the dribble, to the point where he was double teamed in the second half.

But it was the work of Anderson in that pivotal second half that swung the tide in favour of M.A.D.E., Anderson, AKA Rock, scored all 16 of his points in the second half, hitting four triples.

“I couldn’t make any shots (in the first half). When I hit the first one, I was like, ‘Finally,’” Anderson said. “Once the ball goes in, it gets your confidence going.”

Kassius Robertson, who was Player of the Week in Week 1, scored 11 first half points and hit three triples, while Raptors 905 player and Ryerson alum Aaron Best had 10.

CIA Bounce held a slim 39-36 lead at the half behind Ennis’ 14 first half points while Shepherd paced M.A.D.E with 13.

In a sign of things to come, Anderson hit his first shot and M.A.D.E slowly chipped away at the deficit, eventually taking the lead for good at 62-60 after Anderson made a pair of free throws.

Shepherd split a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left, putting M.A.D.E up 73-70 and Ennis got fouled on a three-point attempt. But after reviewing the play, the referees called it a foul on the floor, sending Ennis to the line for two instead of three shots.

Neither team led by more than six points. The biggest difference that stood out, however, was three point shooting, as M.A.D.E hit 10 threes compared to CIA Bounce’s seven.

Sean Miller-Moore of CIA Bounce

The close win, however, made Anderson realize that consistency throughout the game has to be key for the rest of Crown League if they want to repeat as champions.

“We have a veteran group and we sometimes get complacent at times given that we’re older,” Anderson said. “If we focus and start the game with the right mentality, we’ll be alright.”

Anderson had high praise of Ennis’ game as well, as well as the talent that he has seen at Crown League this year.

“Even though we blitzed and trapped him, he still made the right plays,” Anderson said of Ennis. “He’s another good young talent and seeing the progression of these young guys has been amazing.”

CIA Bounce look to bounce back on Friday and keep their slim playoff hopes alive against 1 Love T.O. while M.A.D.E look to clean up on the glass and remain perfect against ACE.

UP NEXT (Week 3; Friday July 13, 2018)

M.A.D.E. (2-0) vs. ACE (0-2) – 6:30 pm

1 Love T.O. (1-1) vs. CIA Bounce (0-2) – 8:00 pm

6man (1-1) vs. Northern Kings (2-0) – 9:30 pm

Written by Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Photos By Miriam Konate

 

 

20 Athletes Selected for U18 Women’s National Team Invitational Tryouts and Training Camp

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TORONTO, ONT. (July 12, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 20 athletes invited to the U18 women’s national team invitational tryouts and training camp at York University from July 14-28.

2018 U18 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM INVITATIONAL TRYOUTS AND TRAINING CAMP INVITEES

Name Height Hometown 2017-18 School Team 
Carly Ahlstrom 5’11” Calgary, AB Centennial H.S.
Georgia Alexander 6’1″ Victoria, BC Oak Bay S.S.
Niyah Becker 6’1″ Winnipeg, MB Lincoln Prep
Brianna Breedy 5’5″ Ajax, ON Pickering H.S.
Kiandra Browne 6’0″ Pointe-Claire, QC E. S. St-Laurent
Julia Chadwick 6’0″ Ottawa, ON Durham Elite
Kenya Cote-Lysis 5’8″ St. Constant, QC E. S. Lucien-Page
Ashley De Sousa Martins 5’11” Saskatoon, SK Aden Bowman C.I.
Rachel Farwell 6’0″ Rothesay, NB Kennebecasis Valley H.S.
Naomi Ganpo 6’2″ Brampton, ON Bishop Macdonell C.H.S.
Taya Hanson 5’9″ Kelowna, BC Kelowna S.S.
Paule-Beline Ibata 5’7″ Pierrefonds, QC College Montmorency
Kaitlin Jockims 5’8″ Saskatoon, SK Centennial Collegiate
Justina King 5’7″ Scarborough, ON Ribet Academy
Roxane Makolo 5’10” St. Hubert, QC Dawson College
Sammie Martin 6’2″ Sudbury, ON Southwest Academy
Tiya Misir 5’2″ Markham, ON Bill Crothers S.S.
Christina Morra 6’1″ Mississauga, ON King’s Christian College
Kylee O’Hara 5’11” Ajax, ON Durham Elite
Keishana Washington 5’5″ Pickering, ON Durham Elite

 

2018 U18 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM COACHES & STAFF

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN AFFILIATION
Claire Meadows Head Coach Brantford, ON Unattached
Ryan Thorne Assistant Coach Montreal, QC McGill University
Erin McAleenan Assistant Coach Sussex, NB York University
Erika Persson Physician Edmonton, AB University of Alberta
Elyse Jobin Physiotherapist Quebec City, QC N/A
Connor Jay Performance Analyst Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan
Elaine Sun Manager, Basketball Operations Thornhill, ON Canada Basketball
Mireille Beland Head of Delegation Repentigny, QC Vanier College

 

Head Coach Claire Meadows will be joined by assistants Ryan Thorne (McGill University) and Erin McAleenan (York University)

“We have a strong group of athletes who are ready to compete in preparation for the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship,” said Head Coach Claire Meadows. “It is always an honour to be able to represent your country as we look to qualify a Canadian team to the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2019.”

Following the end of the invitational tryouts and training period, the team will depart for Mexico City, Mexico to begin their quest for a gold medal in the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship 2018.

Tryouts and training camp are closed to the public. Media are invited to post-practice scrums on the following dates:

Monday, July 23

5:45 p.m. Gym Opens
6:00 p.m. Availability

Saturday, July 28

5:45 p.m. Gym Opens
6:00 p.m. Availability

*All times are EDT and subject to change

Media interested in attending training camp can contact Matt Walker (mwalker@basketball.ca).  Practices will take place at York University.

Last summer, the team earned a bronze medal at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2017 in Udine / Cividale Del Fruiuli, Italy.

Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

5 Undrafted Free Agents that could end up in the NBA

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NBA scouting has never been an exact science.

Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors went undrafted out of Wichita State two years ago but he has since solidified himself as a legitimate NBA player while the likes of Jeremy Lin spurred Linsanity across the association after going undrafted out of Harvard. Bruce Bowen may be the benchmark for undrafted free agents after becoming a three-time NBA champion and having his number retired by San Antonio after going undrafted out of Cal-State Fullerton.

The 2018 draft was one of the deepest in recent memory so it was no surprise to see some quality players go undrafted who could end up on the roster of an NBA team for the start of the 2018-19 season.

Here are five undrafted free agents from this year’s draft who could end contributing to an NBA team this season.

  1. Giddy Potts 6’2 G – Middle Tennessee State (Signed by Toronto Raptors)

Potts has been one of the best players in college basketball over the past few seasons. He led Middle Tennessee to the NCAA tournament in two of the past three years and his college coach (Kermit Davis) has nothing but praise for Potts on what kind of player and team leader he is. The Raptors are loaded at the guard position but they are also one of the most active NBA teams when it comes to giving their G League players an opportunity throughout the regular season so Potts should have a chance at some point to prove himself in the NBA.

  1. Jock Landale 6’11 C – St. Mary’s (Signed by Atlanta Hawks)

Landale averaged 21.4 points per game during his senior season at St. Mary’s, which was 20th in the nation and he was also one of the best passing big men in college basketball. If the Aussie big man played for Duke or Kansas he would’ve been a first round pick because he was quite simply one of the most dominant players in the NCAA last year. The guy can play and will end up on an NBA roster this season regardless if its in Atlanta or elsewhere.

3. Kendrick Nunn 6’3 G – Oakland (Signed by Golden State Warriors)

Nobody can score like the Golden State Warriors so it makes sense that they sign a player a like Nunn who can flat out score. Nunn was second in the entire nation in scoring (behind Trae Young of Oklahoma) with an average of 25.9 points per game. Last time I checked, the basketball and hoops are the same size and height in the NBA so Nunn shouldn’t have an issue adjusting to the NBA game. With the contract sizes of the other Golden State players they’re going to need somebody on the roster playing for the league minimum so there may be an opportunity for Nunn.

  1. Isaac Haas – 7’2 C – Purdue (Signed by Cleveland Cavaliers)

Haas was the most dominant player in this years NCAA tournament before an elbow injury sidelined him as well as the Boilermakers hopes of winning. He averaged 14.7 points per game last year and he looked far superior to most of the opposition he faced throughout his career in the Big 10. He’s got an NBA body and doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game. He’ll find his way onto an NBA roster and contribute somewhere. He’s just too good not to.

  1. Jonathan Stark – 6’0 G – Murray State (Signed by Minnesota Timberwolves)

Stark was the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year after leading Murray State to a conference title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. He made 100 three-point shots this year, which likely contributed to him getting a summer league opportunity with Minnesota. He’s going to have to work his way through the G League to prove he can play in the NBA but Stark has that old-school street baller game and should be able to eventually show his skills and find a roster spot somewhere in the league.

Written by Chris McKee

 

U17 Women’s National Team announced ahead of FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

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TORONTO, ONT. (July 9, 2018) – Canada Basketball is pleased to announce the 12 athletes who will represent Canada at the upcoming FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.

Head Coach Jodi Gram (Bill Crothers Secondary) will be joined by assistants Dani Sinclair (University of Victoria) and Albena Branzova-Dimitrova (UQAM).

Following the end of training camp, the team will depart for Europe on July 12 for exhibition games against Latvia, China, and USA in Liepaja, Latvia between July 14-16.

The team will then travel to Minsk, Belarus to begin their quest for a gold medal in the FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018.

Last summer, the team earned a silver medal at the FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championship 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Canada is currently ranked 4th worldwide in the FIBA World Ranking Presented by NIKE.

2018 U17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER

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Name

Height

Hometown

Current School Team 

12

Faith Dut

6’2″

Surrey, BC

Semiamhoo S.S.

9

Aaliyah Edwards

6’1″

Kingston, ON

Frontenac S.S.

11

Yvonne Ejim

6’0″

Calgary, AB

Bishop Carrol H.S.

8

Makayla Ennis

5’11”

Brampton, ON

TRC Academy

5

Rebecca Marzan Demeke

5’8″

Toronto, ON

Durham Elite

13

Brynn Masikewich

6’1″

Calgary, AB

Lincoln Prep

15

Olivia Morgan-Cherchas

6’6″

Kamloops, BC

South Kamloops S.S.

7

Donna Ntambue

5’9″

Montreal, QC

E.S.Lucien-Page

10

Merissah Russell

5’11”

Ottawa, ON

Capital Courts

4

Sarah Te-Biasu

5’3″

Montreal, QC

E.S.Lucien-Page

14

Deanna Tuchscherer

6’0″

Chilliwack, BC

GW Graham S.S.

6

Aerial Wilson

5’8″

Dundas, ON

TRC Academy

 

2018 U17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM COACHES & STAFF

NAME POSITION HOMETOWN AFFILIATION
Jodi Gram Head Coach Markham, ON Bill Crothers Secondary
Dani Sinclair Assistant Coach Victoria, BC University of Victoria
Albena Branzova-Dimitrova Assistant Coach Montreal, QC UQAM
Connor Jay Performance Analyst Saskatoon, SK University of Saskatchewan
Michelle Bell Athletic Therapist Brampton, ON Ryerson University
Jacquelyn Corkum Physician Halifax, NS N/A
Tamara Tatham Team Manager / Apprentice Coach Brampton, ON University of Toronto
Agnes Borg WHP Youth Development Manager Toronto, ON Canada Basketball / Ontario Basketball
Mike MacKay WHP Performance Manager Truro, NS Canada Basketball

 

2018 U17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

DATE ITEM
June 29-July 12 Training Camp

Humber College (North Campus) – Toronto

July 14 Canada vs. Latvia

Exhibition Tournament

Liepaja, Latvia

July 15 Canada vs. China
July 16 Canada vs. USA
July 21 Canada vs. Latvia

FIBA U17 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018

Minsk, Belarus

July 22 Canada vs. Angola
July 24 Canada vs. Australia
July 25 Round of 16
July 27 Quarter-finals
July 28 Semifinals
July 29 Finals

 

Courtesy Canada Basketball

 

Canada falls to Puerto Rico and finishes fourth at FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup

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SANTA FE, ARGENTINA (July 8, 2018) – Canada’s U17 Men’s National Team fell to Puerto Rico 90-77 on Sunday evening to finish fourth at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2018.

Click here for roster.

Benjamin Krikke played a great all-around game to help Team Canada in all aspects, recording 14 ponts off of 66% shooting from the field, along with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and a block.

Canada forced Puerto Rico into traffic as often as they could to force turnovers and bad shots in the first quarter.  Matching offensive run for offensive run, Canada and Puerto Rico entered the second quarter tied 20-20.

Canada matched everything Puerto Rico did in the second quarter to keep within five.  Going into the half time break, Canada trailed Puerto Rico 40-37.

Canada got lots of opportunities during the 3rd quarter but a more consistent Puerto Rico team stopped Canada from taking the lead.  Going into the fourth quarter, Puerto Rico held an 8-point lead over Canada, 57-49.

Despite their more consistent shooting and equal chances in the fourth quarter, Canada couldn’t shrink the lead of Puerto Rico and fell 90-77.

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Courtesy Canada Basketball

On Point Summer Pro Am Week 2 recap

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Season 2 of the On Point Summer Pro-Am continued Wednesday night at the Toronto Pan Am Centre as Toben and On Point each went 2-0 while United picked up their first win of the season in a week where every game was decided by nine points each.

TEAM ON POINT AND TEAM TOBEN CONTINUE THEIR WINNING WAYS

Team Toben and Team On Point continued to separate themselves as the cream of the crop after each winning their second consecutive game in wire-to-wire fashion.

Toben (2-0) went on a 21-9 run midway through the first half to hold a comfortable lead throughout much of the game against Team X-Men (1-1). They eventually won, 77-68, in a game that was more lopsided than the final score indicated, with X-Men making the outcome more respectable by closing out the game with nine straight points.

X-Men were limited to just 36 per cent shooting from the field, with Jayden Frederick and Funsho Dimeji the only players on the team to shoot over 50 per cent overall. Toben had a 9-1 edge at the charity stripe and a massive edge on the boards (43-32) in the win.

James Siakam led Toben with 17 points and two steals while also showcasing his range, hitting two out of three attempts from behind the arc. Dinjyl Walker hit four threes and had 16 points while Anthony Ottley Jr. finished with a game high 13 rebounds.

The balanced effort from Toben spoiled a spectacular performance from Frederick as he led all scorers with 24 points on six made triples in the loss.

Meanwhile, On Point (2-0) started off the game on a 13-1 run and held M.A.D.E (0-2) at arm’s length, staving off multiple attempts to get back into the game, winning 87-78.

M.A.D.E went nearly five minutes before hitting their first field goal but had fought back to tie the game at 43 early in the second half. However, they could never pull ahead.

Both teams shot over 50 per cent from the field and didn’t shoot well from behind the arc but the difference in the game came on the glass (31-23) and the free throw line (23-13), with Team On Point having the edge decisively in those categories.

Jalyn Pennie was instrumental in Team On Point’s victory, scoring 16 of his team high 20 points in the second half. He was one of four players from On Point to score in double figures as Alastair Cole had 15, Jamal Reynolds scored 14, and Jabs Newby chipped in with 12.

Newby and Alex Johnson each had a game high eight assists while Johnson finished with a game high eight rebounds to go along with nine points as he stuffed the stat sheet.

Another person to stuff the stat sheet in this game was Jaylen Babb-Harrison as he led five scorers in double figures with 20 points for M.A.D.E, with six rebounds, seven assists and a game high four steals.

Ryan Wright was perfect from the field (18 points; 8/8 FG) while Joel Ndondo had 12 points. Jahcobi Neath and Dyshawn Pierre each had 10 points in the loss.

July 18th cannot come soon enough as it’ll be the first time both Team Toben and Team On Point will face off against each other since last season’s championship game. As of now, both of those teams have not disappointed thus far.

Dinjiyl Walker of Team Toben

UNITED GET THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON IN TIGHT CONTEST OVER STARTING 5

Make no mistake here. If you’re a fan of tight defensive games, this was the game to watch with neither Team United or Starting 5 hitting 60 points, as both teams were seeking their first victory of the season.

In the end, it was United (1-1) who got the job done, winning 59-52 over Starting 5 (0-2). Down three at the half (28-25), Team United started off the second half with a decisive 14-2 run that proved to be the turning point of the game.

Neither team shot over 45 per cent from the field (United: 43 per cent; Starting 5: 36 per cent).

However, like Toben and On Point did in their victories, United separated themselves from Starting 5 on the rebounding end, with a 36-25 advantage. United also hit four more field goals (25-21) and had four more assists (11-7).

Khalid Adam finished with a double-double for Team United, with 14 points and 10 rebounds as his presence on the interior was massive on a night where offence was a struggle for both teams.

Yusuf Ali had an efficient 13 points and a game high five assists as he was the steadying presence at the point for Team United. Liban Mohamed heated up late, scoring eight of his 10 points in the final three minutes of the game, hitting two clutch triples to seal the win.

Kordell Charles was the only Starting 5 player to score in double figures, finishing with a game high 16 points. Dane Quest led the team with seven rebounds while Ritchie Kanza had a team high four assists in defeat.

X-Men timeout

ON POINT PERFORMERS OF THE GAME 

Jalyn Pennie (On Point): 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks (8/13 FG, 3/6 3FG, 1/2 FT)

Yusuf Ali (United): 13 points, 5 assists (5/8 FG, 2/5 3FG, 1/3 FT)

James Siakam (Toben): 17 points, 2 blocks, 1 steal (6/11 FG, 2/3 3FG, 3/4 FT

UP NEXT (WEEK 3: JULY 11, 2018)

M.A.D.E. vs. Starting 5 (7:00 pm)

On Point vs. X-Men (8:10 pm)

United vs. Toben (9:20 pm)

M.A.D.E and Starting 5 face off, with both teams still looking for their first victory of the season while Toben and On Point look to continue their perfect seasons against United and X-Men, respectively, who look to pull off upsets.

Written by Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Canada falls to USA in FIBA U17 World Cup Semi-Finals

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SANTE FE, ARG (July 7, 2018) – Team Canada’s U17 Men’s National Team fell to Team USA 120-71 in the semi-final round of the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup 2018 in Sante Fe, Argentina.

Click here for full team roster.

Addison Patterson led the way for the red and white, scoring a team-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. The USA was led by Jalen Green, who put up a game-high 25 points.

Canada’s relentless defence led the way for the red and white in the opening frame as they found themselves with a convincing 28-21 lead heading into the second. However, Team USA came storming back in the second quarter, forcing a string of turnovers and earning themselves a 54-42 heading into halftime. A 29-13 run in the third quarter gave the USA an 83-55 lead heading into the fourth, where Canada eventually went on to take the 120-71 loss.

Click here for the box score

UP NEXT

Canada will move on to compete in the bronze medal game tomorrow, as they get set to take on the Puerto Rico national team at 5:00 PM EST.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

Team Toronto Wins 3X3 Canada Quest National Finals

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EDMONTON, AB (July 7, 2018)  Team Toronto (Alex Johnson, Shaquille Keith, Tramar Sutherland, Marlo Davis) was crowned the winner of the 2018 3×3 Canada Quest National Final after defeating Team Winnipeg (Wyatt Ansers, O’Neil Gordon, Ayob Ayob, Jelane Pryce) 21-14 in the final.

Seven teams from regional events across the country, including Team Saskatoon who received a wildcard berth, competed for the title of 3×3 Canada Quest Finals Champion this past weekend at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton.

Click here for the full tournament results.

Toronto and Winnipeg, along with Team Montreal, earned berths into the FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018 Saskatoon Masters. Team Saskatoon previously qualified for the event based on their world ranking from last season.

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour 2018 Saskatoon Masters, once again hosted in conjunction with Taste of Saskatchewan on July 21 – 22, 2018, will kick off the World Tour season and be comprised of 12 teams of four players from around the world participating in a two-day tournament.

In addition to the main event, a dunk contest and a shoot-out contest will take place in between games. Live music, cheerleaders, dance teams and other entertainment will be held throughout the weekend. An amateur 3×3 tournament is also being planned to take place on satellite courts alongside the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters.

Courtesy Canada Basketball

P.S. Team Toronto were the winners of the GTA 3X3 Tournament

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