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52nd St.Michaels Final Recap And Standouts

Published by on January 17, 2012

Thursday January 12, 2012 through the 15th saw some of the top teams and players in the province come together to kick off the second half of the season in the 52nd St. Michael’s tournament. The weekend saw some great highlights like 2014 PG Malcolm Duvivier’s 36 point performance, Oakwood upsetting Holy Trinity in overtime, St.Mikes making the finals round of their own tournament for the first time since 2002, and Vaughan winning the 2012 tittle 53-43 over St.Mikes.
Tournament Standouts:
Josh Bell, 2013 SG, Father Henry Carr- Bell came out on fire this weekend and impressed many in attendance with his quick trigger from down town. His upside is that he doesn’t hesitate to shoot it and makes his shot attempts, most noticeably in the match up against Martingrove where he finished with 28 points in a very efficient outing. He also looked lighter and quicker putting it on deck and getting to the basket, even had a nice and-1 dunk in the semifinals. Bell is getting better!

Duane Notice, 2013 CG, St.Michaels – Has the body, the athleticism, and play making ability that makes him a nice target for top level programs. Notice had a good weekend overall, putting up good scoring numbers consistently through out the event. He did so by slashing to the basket, using his quick first step and strong build to get to the cup frequently. He finishes with either hand and attracts contact for free points at the line. Notice has taken charge defensively looking to be an impact player on both ends. As good of a player Notice is, its evident he will really need to improve his jumper to take his game to the next level!

Malcolm Duvivier, 2014 PG, St.Michaels – The young point guard is truly coming along as player. He stepped up big in the quarter final round where he went off for 36 points on Pine Ridge and made some huge jumpers late in the semi finals round against Oakwood to lead St.Mikes to the Championship game. His confidence on his jumper has grown as he lit up teams all over the floor. He excelled at coming off screens, one dribble pull ups and nailing open looks from long range on a consistent basis. Great outing for Duvivier!

Trevon McNeil, 2013 PG, Holy Trinity – McNeil has never looked better and its evident he shaved off some weight in the off season which now allows him to play at a much higher level. Not only has McNeil slimmed down, he has tightened up his overall game in the process. McNeil shows excellent passing/court vision, used ball fakes, jabs and pump fakes to keep defenders off balance when on the move. He was very efficient in his 21 point performance in a tough battle vs Oakwood and consistently connected on middle and long range jumpers. We are big fans of the 2011-2012 version of Trevon McNeil

Tyrell Bellot-Green, 2014 F, Oakwood – Bellot-Green was one of the more consistent players through out the weekend. He has become the leader of a very young Oakwood team. He scored 21 points in to upset a well rounded Holy Trinity team in OT . He made his presence felt down low establishing deep position and putting defenders underneath the net for easy buckets. He mixed it up and made things happen from the high post and showed his ability to manoeuvre from the perimeter a little bit better. Bellot-Green is a constant threat when putting the ball on the ground and at times sinking open looks from behind the arc.

Henry Tan, 2013 PG, Vaughan - There isn’t a better end to end player in the country than Tan. He causes opposing guards nightmare trying to stay in front of him, especially in transition where he makes it look like a lay up drill. Tan continues to show improvement in his shooting game, has a quicker and more fluid release and now looks a bit better shooting in the move. He finished with 19 points in the championship game and was named tournament MVP.

Troy Reid-Knight, 2013 SG, Vaughan - Reid-Knight was fantastic all weekend and could have easily been awarded tournament MVP as well but will settle for tournament All-Star for now. He made a tremendous impact on both ends of the floor, playing with great confidence. Reid-Knight created for teammates in the half court setting, finding guys on cuts and driving and kicking out for open looks. He also shot the ball extremely well behind the arc, having possessions where he hit back to back to back 3s. Reid-Knight is the best perimeter defender you’ll find in the province. He gave Duane Notice no breathing room in the championship game, causing Notice to have a poor shooting game due to the intense ball pressure he applied.

Calvin Epistola, 2015 PG, Oakwood – One guy who definitely made a name for himself this past weekend was Oakwood’s Calvin Epistola. The 2015 point guard is small but plays with a ton of heart and was named to the tournament All-Stars. Epistola was impressive staring the offense under pressure and made shots at a high rate.

Jamal Reynolds, 2013 SG, Pine Ridge – Need points in a hurry? Reynolds is your guy! The 6’3 lengthy guard just has a crazy knack for getting to the rack and makes a living in transition play. No matter how the defense adjusts, he still gets to the rim and finishes or gets to the free throw line. Biggest flaw in his game at the moment is the inability to shoot well enough at his position and tendency to fall asleep on the defensive end. Reynolds would fit perfectly in a run and gun system at the next level.

More Notes…

Pat Pilato – This 2013 combo guard can put up big numbers from behind the three point line. He went for 30 points in a loss against Pine Ridge.

I liked two guys from W.F Herman (Windsor) 2013 guard Tyler Storie and 2014 G Marko Kovac who both had their best showing in the consolation finals. Storie is a tough competitor who likes taking it to the rack and can spot up from outside even though not yet consistent with it. He had a game high 30pts in the win over Richview. Kovac is a bit shaky with the ball but does enough to get by. Although he is still very young and has time to improve his overall game, he has a chance to be real good ball player.

2013 Gabriel Soicher is growing on us as the season goes. A 6’6 F who is quietly having himself a nice year for Martingrove. He surprised many with a large two hand jam over the weekend. He would be a great addition to a lot of CIS programs.

2015 G Rasheed Gillis, 2013 F Patrick Street, 2012 F TJ Rutty and 2013 PG Chevon Brown all looked solid for Richview at some point during the weekend. Gillis scored 20 points in a win over Mother Teresa and was a pest on defense. In the same win, Brown dropped 19 points and did a solid job distributing. Rutty is a 6’7 long athletic forward who capped off his weekend with 24 points on Herman and was active on the boards. At 6’5, Street made plays in transition and ended up with 19 points against Herman.

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