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Old 09-02-2009, 05:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2009 class

Junior Cadougan
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, CAN
High School: Christian Life Center Academy
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Committed to Marquette

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ESPN:#76 overall , Rivals: #73 overall , Scout:#9 PG

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February, 2009: Cadougan needs to redistribute his weight and if he does it, he could use his muscle and strength to overpower smaller, weaker guards. He has enough quickness to get to the rim very easily, but he has a tendency to get out of control. Cadougan could benefit immensely from adding a change of pace dribble to his game which would help him to get opposing defenders off balance as well allow him to slow down and survey the court before making a move. Cadougan also has a penchant for penetrating too deeply and turning the ball over. He also needs to improve his ball-handling skills. Cadougan has good vision and can get his teammates involved when he sets his mind to accomplishing this task, but he looks to score more than getting the ball to his mates for their own scoring chances first as a point guard should look to do. He would also benefit from adding a floater to his offensive game when he cannot get all the way to the rim. Cadougan could also become a better defender and give more effort in that department.

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2010 class

Tristan Thompson
Hometown: Brampton, Ont., CAN
High School: Findlay College Prep
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Committed to Texas

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ESPN: #11 overall (#5 PF), Rivals: #17 overall, Scout: #4 overall (#1 PF)

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April, 2009: Thompson continues to develop on the offensive end of the court in impressive fashion. This lefty looks more and more comfortable operating in turn-and-face situations, using his lateral quickness and long strides to drive past slow reacting bigs. Thompson will shoot the pull-up jumper now in the mid-range, using one or two dribbles, very effectively now, though he needs to continue to develop his touch from the perimeter. Currently, he shoots more of a line-drive jumper with little arc, due to his tendency to get on top of the ball as opposed to under it. However, Thompson has a textbook, high release and when combined with his incredible length, it’s extremely difficult for defenders to alter or block his shot. He will also drive the ball to the rim and will finish with his right or left hand. Thompson also uses his incredible pro-hop in the lane, where he covers an enormous amount of ground and generates power to finish in traffic. He will also finish in the paint in traffic with power and authority, in addition to his body control, despite his somewhat thin frame. Thompson draws number of fouls through his aggressive offensive play. He also rebounds his position very well and will start a number of fast breaks with his shot-blocking and rebounding prowess, only to run the floor easily and finish above the rim. Thompson also leads the full court press with his length and lateral quickness and causes turnovers and keeps smaller guards from seeing the floor for passes.

Cory Joseph
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, CAN
High School: Findlay College Prep
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Considering: UCONN, Kansas, Memphis, Minnesota, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UNLV, Villanova, Florida, UNLV, USC, Texas, Marquette, South Carolina, Louisville, Virginia Tech

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ESPN: #30 overall (#6 PG), Rivals: #7 overall (#3 PG), Scout #6 PG

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August, 2009: The Canadian product is steadily becoming one of the better players and point guards in the 2010 recruiting class. He may have been the prospect with the most buzz coming out of this event. He put on a show in the semi-finals against the 2011 US Team dropping 36 points and dishing 12 dimes against two of the top US point guards in the 2011 class and followed it up with a 33 point performance in a tough loss in the championship game against the 2010 US Team. He plays with a great feel and pace using his court vision to pick apart the defense. Although he is right handed he loves to play with the ball in his left hand and can attack effectively going either direction. He consistently buried open three's throughout the tournament and showed a good mid-range game. He is one of those players that always seem to be in the right place at the right time. Plays very unselfishly, but can go get his own shot and take over a game at any time. He has a little old school in him using his body to shield defenders and spin dribbling to the basket. He is deceptively quick showing no problem accelerating by the highest level guards he at the event. He is a rangy defender that covers a lot of ground and uses his instincts off the ball to come up with steals. This kid is a gamer that should continue to turn heads as the year goes on

Dwight Powell
Hometown: Toronto, Ont., CAN
High School: IMG Academy
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Considering: Georgia Tech, Harvard, Stanford, California, Florida, Georgetown, Marquette, Penn State, South Florida, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia

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ESPN: #37 overall (#3 C), Rivals: #23 overall (#7 PF), Scout: #12 C

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June, 2009: Powell plays with a great deal of effort and energy on both ends of the floor. He tries to contest shots on the defensive, however, his lack of strength and muscle causes him to get pushed off the box, thus crippling his low post scoring and rebounding exploits on the defensive as well as offensive glass. He does a good job shooting jumpers in the 12-15 foot range and uses his solid, but not spectacular athleticism to run the floor as a trailer and hit jumpers. He uses his turn-and-face game to beat slower defenders for jumpers. He runs the floor well and can score in transition. Powell struggles with post defense, due to his lack of strength and aggression.

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2011 class

Myck Kabongo
Hometown: Toronto, Ont., CAN
High School: St. Benedict's Prep
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Committed to Texas

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ESPN: #18 overall (#5 PG), Scout: #3 PG

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April, 2009: Kabongo changes speeds very well off the dribble and using his quickness, which makes it tough for defenders to keep him out of the paint when he wants to break down the opposing team's defense. He needs to improve his level of strength, as he as a tendency to get knocked of his path by stronger, tenacious defenders. Kabongo also has to work on going left especially when defenders recognize this tendency and sit on his right hand. He also has a tendency to over-dribble at times, causing him to turn the ball over and slow down his decision-making while probing. He also needs to work on his jump shot accuracy and range, though he will connect on some jumpers. He has good length and has to get considerably stronger for the next level as well as continue to play strong on-ball, pressure defense, which he did not demonstrate as much during this event.
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2012 class

Khem Birch
Hometown: Quebec City, CAN
High School: Winchendon School
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 175 lbs.

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ESPN: #11 overall (#5 PF), Scout: #5 PF

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July, 2009: Birch has an incredible physical tool set. First and foremost, he is an absolutely phenominal athlete who is quick off his feet and plays high above the rim. He has a great frame including good size, a solid build, and tremendously long arms. He runs the court like a deer and is just as quick moving laterally. He's at his best in an up-tempo game where there are few others who can fill a lane and finish the break like he can. His defensive potential is off the charts. He is already a fantastic shot blocker, both on and off the ball, and has the potential to eventually be able to guard multiple positions. Thus far in his development, Birch has been able to thrive off of his physical tools alone. He needs to spend quite a bit of time developing his fundamental basketball skills, and pay even more attention to improving his understanding of the game.
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Mangisto Arop | 6-6 | SG | Edmonton, AB/NEDA | Gonzaga
Mark Few nabbed an absolute stud; Arop will continue to shine bright as a Bulldog for years to come.

Alwayne Bigby | 6-4 | SG | Toronto, ON/Eastern Commerce | Northeastern
As his name suggests, Bigby will be a big piece of the Northeastern puzzle as they look to rebuild.

Junior Cadougan | 6-1 | PG | Toronto, ON/Christian Life Center Prep | Marquette
SLAM’s preached the word of Cadougan for years now, and the time has finally come for this Canadian prodigy to rise to the challenge that we call the NCAA.

Kelly Olynyk | 6-10 | SF | Kamloops, BC/South Kamloops | Gonzaga
Olynyk has potential written all over him. Playing the point for his high school squad, Olynyk has all the tools (and more) to become the Canadian version of Dirk Nowitzki!
Class of 2010 and '11 mentioned

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Kapongo and Thompson are the future of Canadian basketball. It'll be ineteresting to see if the drop before their draft class.
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Really looking forward to seeing Thompson and Kabongo go to work at Texas, should be a lot of fun to watch.

Cadougan's grown a fair bit, when Marquette started chasing him in grade 10/11 he was only 5'9"
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whats up with the next Steve Nash, Kevin Pangos?
I think he's part of the 2012 class
heard he's real good
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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What ever became of Olu Ashalou? He was supposed to be a big name

Should also mention a couple of other young guns brady heslip going to boston college, and richard peters will be joining the sooners with ryan wright at oklahoma
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Should also mention a couple of other young guns brady heslip going to boston college, and richard peters will be joining the sooners with ryan wright at oklahoma
Brady Heslip played ball for Nelson High School in Burlington, so I played against him in tournaments and things like that, didn't realize he was going down South. Pretty incredible shooter, didn't think he could do much else outside of that though.
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What ever became of Olu Ashalou? He was supposed to be a big name

Should also mention a couple of other young guns brady heslip going to boston college, and richard peters will be joining the sooners with ryan wright at oklahoma
Olu Ashalou is at Louisiana Tech
Heslip is the #37 ranked PG in the 2010 class according to ESPN

Richard Peters (I think he's part of the 2011 or '12 class)
Hometown: Toronto, Ont., CAN
High School: Brewster Academy
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 225 lbs.

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May, 2009: Richard is a big, strong and athletic insider. He has some skill but is mostly raw offensively. He scores mostly off tip in's and drop offs. He is young for his grade and could be reclassified in the future. Richard is an import from Canada that is just beginning to gain a reputation here in the states. Richard's body and athletic ability make him a great prospect. He has solid hands and feet and could turn into a player very quickly. He is a solid rebounder when he is active. His size allows him to rebound without a problem outside of his area. Defensively he is a solid shotblocker. His big body allows him to clog the lane and prevent drives to the basket. Once he improves his skills and gets his motor running more consistently, Peters could become one of the best prospects in the class
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Gophers coach Tubby Smith has a chance to add a top 10 player to his 2010 recruiting class, because Findlay Prep (Nev.) point guard Cory Joseph has Minnesota on his final list of seven schools. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Joseph, the brother of Gophers sophomore Devoe Joseph, reportedly narrowed his choices down to Texas, Connecticut, Villanova, Nevada Las Vegas, Florida, Mississippi State and Minnesota.
Younger Joseph down to seven schools - Gopher Sports
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I'd love to see Joseph join Tristan and Myck Kabongo in Texas. It would be very, very cool to see other teams get their shit run by three Canadian kids.
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Dwight Powell verbally agreed to Stanford
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Stefan Nastic recieving offers from Duke and Maryland

Things Heating up: Nastic picking up offers from big time programs|Crown Magazine
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will we see some Canadians in the draft next year?
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will we see some Canadians in the draft next year?
Potentially I would say a few guys have a very good chance at making the NBA, a few names to look out for are, cory joseph, tristan thompson, myck kabongo, alwayne bigby, junior cadougan, andrew nicholson, harouna mutombo, richard peters, andrew wiggins, kevin pangos, brady heslip, kyle wiltjer, maurice walker, mangisto arop, rob sacre, bol kong, kelly olynyk, stefan nastic
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Kadeem Green (Markham, Ont., Canada/Charlotte [N.C.] United Faith Christian Academy)
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