All Canada Prospect Camp Standouts
Published by Gilbert Muako on August 18, 2010
The All Canada Prospect Camp was held at Ryerson University and saw a solid group of kids putting their abilities on display in front of both CIS and NCAA coaches who were eager to see a group of young rising Canadian players.
The two day event, held by PHASE 1 basketball, was well organized and ran smoothly. There was a lot of talent to be seen all over the gym floor, but the players that caught our eye the most were:
Kevin Pangos 6’1” PG Denison 2012- Pangos keeps proving how advanced his game is compared to his peers. He has a high level of understanding at such an early age, and does all the things that are required to play point guard and more. He handled the ball well, displayed a very accurate shot, especially the pull up midrange, and, as a welcome surprise, was a bit more explosive attacking the basket compared to other times that we’ve seen him.
Joe Rocca 6’3” SG St. Christopher 2011- The biggest surprise in the camp had to be Joe Rocco. His competiveness and approach to every game was really refreshing. One example was in a heated overtime battle with standout Aaron Best that saw the two go at each other till the end in day one action. Rocco is not a great athlete but makes up for it with his hard-nose play and excellent shooting. Rocco was the best all around shooter we saw at the camp, he made shots from all areas on the floor with a great looking form to boot.
Aaron Best 6’4” SF Eastern Commerce 2011- Best was impressive every time we saw him in action. He plays with a great deal of energy and gets after everything. One of the most athletic players to take the court, Best was explosive taking it to the hole and because he has such great bounce he demonstrated that he is not afraid to finish above the rim on a defender. He has the potential to be an excellent lock-down defender with his length and overall athleticism that should enable him to cover all three perimeter positions. He also has great competitive fire, and his overall game will only keep improving. Definitely a player to watch out for this coming season.
Malcolm DuVivier 6’0” PG St. Michael’s College 2014- DuVivier already has great size at the point position this early in his life. To go along with his physical size he has also developed a more than solid game and intensity level not normally seen in players as young as he is. DuVivier is strong attacking and passing, can finish with either hand, handles the ball exceptionally well and is capable of pulling up on a dime for a jump shot. The most important thing is that he takes pride on defence, using his quick lateral movement to lock down opposing guards.
Reynald Kasongo 6’6” PF/C Mother Teresa 2014- Competing with a group two and three years above his age, Kasongo made his presence felt by playing tough and using his size on a more consistent basis. He had some great moments in the top 20 game, attacking the boards with aggression, blocking shots and finishing strong around the hoop – particularly in a session where he put down three straight dunks.
Duane Notice 6’2” Combo Guard St. Michael’s College 2013- Wasn’t at his best but still easily stood out, Notice did a fantastic job using his body when attacking the basket. Showed great body control and finished tough baskets on the drive. He was also very impressive making plays not only for himself but for others as well.
Other Eye Catchers…
Anthony Pate 6’2” SG Holy Trinity 2014-An active scoring guard on the rise who continues to standout, Pate should only get better with time.
Mike L’Africain 5’11” PG St. Ignatius of Loyola 2011- L’Africain looked solid in the two days, most noticeably, on the first day when he dueled with fellow point guard, Pangos. L’Africain was aggressive, consistently knocked down shots and found the open man. One thing that needs to be corrected is his tendency to leave his feet when making a pass. This put him in bad situations and oftentimes led to a turnover.
Ammanuel Diressa 6’3” SG Eastern Commerce 2011- A smooth shooting guard who is deadly from outside. Has a lot of range on his jumper.
Dylan Periana 5’10” CG St. Marguerite d’Youville 2011- Though undersized Periana is a definite spark on offensive end of the floor. Very quick and good at creating space, he has knack for getting to the right areas for an opportunity to score. He likes to penetrate to the midrange and pull-up for jumpers and with a very quick release.