FHC Early Bird Classic Recap
Published by Gilbert Muako on November 10, 2010
Etobicoke, ON – There’s a lot to get excited about when the father Henry Carr Adidas Early Bird Classic comes around. You receive a true taste of the basketball season, a first look at some of the top teams and top players in Ontario. The three-day event saw some exciting high level basketball, with the event drawing a number of spectators to watch the much anticipated debut of Andrew Wiggins. A special thanks to Paul Melnik and his team for hosting such a fantastic event.
Championship Final: Vaughan 69 – Henry Carr 59
Bronze: Pickering 73 – Eastern Commerce 72
Andrew Wiggins 6’6” F Vaughn S.S. 2014 – The most anticipated player coming into the event did not disappoint one bit in his debut. Despite being one of youngest players there, Wiggins played and showed athleticism at a much higher level than the competition. He was explosive attacking the hoop using his signature spin move and long strides, finishing strong with power dunks, crashing the boards hard and showing good timing on his shot block. Wiggins showed how versatile of a player he is by scoring down low, creating his own shot from the perimeter and made intriguing passes from the block, especially a no look behind the back pass that no one expected. Wiggins will be an even scarier player if he shows his aggression on a more consistent basis.
Henry Tan 5’10” PG Vaughn S.S. 2013 – A tough minded player. Tan was very impressive controlling the point. His high basketball IQ allows him to make all the right plays on floor, reading the defense well to get to the basket whenever he felt like it. Did a great job finishing strong at the hoop, finishes strong and isn’t afraid of contact. Tan is untouchable going coast-to-coast with a great burst of speed and change of direction and finishes layups right at the rim. Tan has a great level of focus and always gets the job done. His weakness still stands in the shooting department where he needs to work on shooting off the bounce and on the move. Still a set shooter at the moment. Tan was superb he put on a major show this past weekend.
Richard Adu 6’3” SG Father Henry Carr 2012- FHC looks to Adu to put up points, he has good lift and release on his shot which he took a lot of earlier in the tourney with his shot not falling. It would’ve been nice to see the ball put on the floor and see him use his solid build to get to the rim more. Adu came across a real challenge when matched up with Vaughn’s Andrew Wiggins in the championship game. Wiggins’ lateral quickness, size and length gave him some trouble but as the game went he upped his level and truly impressed on both ends of the floor before fouling out.
Tyrell Samuels 6’1” PG J. Clarke Richardson 2011 – Samuels burst out big in possibly the most hyped game in the tournament scoring 30 points when J. Clarke met up with Vaughn during the second day of action where he was great in transition play and got to the basket with ease. He displayed great speed, quickness and tight ball handling where he kept his defenders off balance. It’s evident Samuels has improved his outside shooting and has learned how to keep himself under control.
Kenrick lewis 5’8” PG Father Henry Carr 2013- Lewis was terrific in his first game. He did an excellent job play-making for himself and teammates. Lewis plays with a lot of passion, he has good court vision, used his quickness to get in the lanes and consistently set up a teammate in a position to score. He also used the hesitation and ball fake quite well to get in the midrange area for an easy pull up jumper.
Aaron Redpath 6’4” SG J. Clarke Richardson 2011 – Though Redpath wasn’t at his best in his first game, he reloaded and finished off the tourney quite strong, including a 37 point explosion against St. Patrick’s. Look for Redpath to have a huge senior campaign as he is one of the top scoring guards in the province.
Scott Morrison 5’11” PG Richview 2012 – was really impressed with the way Morrison attacked the game regardless of the direction it was going. He has the ability to handle under pressure with either hand, can pass the ball and get to the hoop, but his best ability is shooting the ball. He has a great pull-up jumper that hit nothing but mesh. Has great flare and competitive fire.
Dylan Periana 5’10” PG D’Youville 2011 – Periana did exactly what he does best which is score the basketball. At his size, Perianna scores the majority of his points shooting the ball, has quickness and understands spacing for the right time to let go of his shot. He can knock it down from outside and gets in the midrange for jump shots.
Roshane Roberts 6’0” G Vaughn- Roberts broke out in the championship game scoring a strong 16 pts in the first half , while the defense pays more attention to Vaughn’s big three, Roberts will have a chance to show what he is capable doing on the offensive end.
James Sylvester 5’11” G Eastern Commerce 2013 – Sylvester gave the saints a spark off the bench. Defends hard, rebounds well at his size and brings a great deal of energy.
- One of Vaughn’s big three is 6’1” 2013 G Troy Reid-knight. His game may not have be as spectacular as his other two counterparts and though he struggled shooting the ball, he did finish at the rim at times. What really caught our eye was how excellent of a defender he is, giving scoring guards hell, particularly in the matchup against J. Clarke Richardson where he locked down and frustrated big time scoring guard Aaron Redpath who led this same event in scoring last year with 26 ppg.
-6’2” G Tyrone Ariri is a natural born scorer, when he gets it going he is a major problem, has the in-and-out cross-over to pull-up jumper, can use his smooth euro step moves when getting to the basket. His biggest problem is not knowing when to adapt to the game when things are not going his ways, with other talented players on his team he should look to give up the ball. Has a tendency to force the issue and looks for his shot too much.
Keep tabs on these youngsters –
6’7” C 2014 Kevin Ndahiro out of St. Patrick school in Ottawa, ON. Kid is a young and extremely raw talent, can tell he’s new to the game, with the right training he could develop into a solid big by graduation, already has a solid frame.
Marail Shayok is 6’3” G/F with length in the 2014 class. A do-it-all type of player for St. Patrick, played the 1-3 position over the weekend, has a lot of years under his belt to develop into a solid prospect.
Lincoln Samuels 6’2” G/F Father Henry Carr – Samuels was factor in Ontario’s U15 wining gold at the summer games and as a sophomore and is doing the same for his varsity team. Samuels has a great size at his age, competes hard, rebounds well, and plays good defense.
Novell Provo 6’0” PG Pickering 2015- being so young Provo held his own against the higher level competition and kept up with the pace of the games. Was overall impressed with his play.
Raynold Kasongo 6’6” PF Mother Teresa 2014 – we did not see much from the big man as we’ve seen in the past but as the season goes Kasongo will play a vital role on the Mother Teresa team.
Don’t leave ‘em open-
6’0” 2011 shooting guard Asher Tulloch-Lewis has a great touch from outside, nailed a crucial game winning three-pointer to give Pickering a 73 – 72 victory over Eastern Commerce.
Kassius Robertson 6’2” SG Vaughn S.S. 2013- is consistent knocking down open shots, nailed 7 threes and a total of 23 points in his second game in day two. A player to be aware of as an opposing team, leave him open a split-second and it’s automatic.
Ammanuel Diressa 6’3” SG Eastern Commerce 2011- This smooth operating guard has great looking form and range on his jump shot. Just needs a bit of space to fire away and make it, he did put ball on ground and got to the hole as well.