NPSAA Showcase Top Performers
Published by Gilbert Muako on December 13, 2011
The 2011 NPSAA Showcase took place at Seneca College-Newnham on December 9th and ran through the 11th. The event featured the top prep schools in Canada and had them square off against each other in multiple games throughout the entire showcase. The top teams heading into the event included REDA Red, ROCK Academy, and PHASE 1 – Black to name a few.
CROWN watched as the top prep schools faced off and noted many players who had great showings.
Jovan Leamy (6’2, 2013, PG, Metro Prep) – Leamy had a solid showing throughout the showcase as he was the floor general for Metro Prep. Although he seems very comfortable playing at the 2 spot at times, Leamy was running the point guard spot often and excelled at finding his open teammates. That did not take away from his offense as he pounded the paint for hard finishes at the rim and spotted up for easy midrange shots at times.
Justin Jarvis (6’6, 2012, F, Metro Prep) – Jarvis was by far the best defensive player in the showcase. His ability to rebound the ball at an efficient rate saw him grabbing 5 or 6 rebounds in one offensive play and finishing under the net. I was extremely impressed at how he gained position and was determined the outrebound his matchup. Metro Prep possesses a tremendous defensive player in Jarvis and his offensive output is an added bonus.
Connor Wood (6’4, 2012, G/F, REDA) – Wood had a great weekend as he looked to lead his REDA squad on the court. He displayed his decent shooting touch and showed that he can slash to the cup to finish. He managed to explode for 29 points against Phenx U19 who could not stop the 6’4 guard from scoring inside and out.
Abednego Lufile (6’6, 2013, F, REDA) – Lufile was a constant force for REDA throughout the showcase. REDA looked to be undersized at times which allowed Lufile to instill his presence as a big forward. He has the ability to crash the boards and finish plays, and a steady force in the paint.
Johneil Simpson (6’4, 2012, SG, PHASE 1 Academy) – Simpson was the leading scorer throughout the entire showcase and was a driving force for PHASE 1 success in the offense. Simpson mainly utilizes his shooting ability and is a constant threat from the middle range as he makes them often. Added moves to the basket as well. Simpson is showing a lot of confidence in his game, continues to grow as a player.
Kashrell Lawrence (6’3, 2012, SF, REDA) – Lawrence proved that as a forward for his team he still possesses the ability to handle the ball in the open court and make plays. Alongside Connor Wood, Kashrell was a solid contributor and uses his strength to carve his way to the rim. His unique ability to handle the ball like a guard and attack like a forward sets him apart from your average forward.
D’Adrian Allen (6’7, 2013, PF, Phase 1) – Allen was the most untapped raw talent at the showcase. His tall and muscular frame gave him an advantage over most if not all his matchups. He can grab rebounds and go straight up for either a foul or an easy finish. His ability to get in position under the net allows him to have his way down there most of the time. He needs to work on finishing his layups and drives in order to make full use of his advantages.
Martin Dixon-Green (6’4, 2012, SG, REDA) – Coming into this event, Dixon-Green came in as the top ranked prospect. Right off the bat he displayed his arsenal of dribble drives and midrange shooting that has earned him such a prestigious ranking. His slashing ability is really tough to contain and often catches shooters flat footed. Martin can run the fast break and make quick and timely decisions on the offensive rush.
Shaq Keith (6’4, 2012, SF, REDA) – Keith showed his doubters that he has progressed not only as a player but as a floor leader. Keith undoubtedly has great ability to attack the basket and a talent at finding his teammates. His physique, speed and ball handling ability are almost impossible to stop when he’s focused and playing to his strengths. His rank among prospects should increase as he evolves this year.
Jamal Reynolds (6’3, 2013, SG, ROCK Academy) – Jamal was explosive during the showcase and emerged as one of the best guards at the event. He drove the lane constantly and looked to finish baskets even with contact. I loved his tenacity on defense which caused his matchup to be under extreme pressure. I saw him at the All Canada Prospect during the summer and he has progressed very well.
Gilda Mulenda (6’2, 2012, G, Phenx U19) – Mulenda was the go to guy for Phenx U19 and made it clear that there was much talent out of the province. His vision on offense and slashing ability was well recognized as Phenx U19 relied heavily on him for production.
- Over the weekend 6-foot-1 combo guard Stevie Squires (Phase 1) found success penetrating and finishing around the basket. Also capable of connecting from three point land when left open.
- REDA Red team could be the best high school aged team in the country. Filled with some athletic perimeter guys. Though Shaq Keith and Martin Dixon-Green are the main attraction, also look out for 6-foot-4, 2012 wing Chris Stanhope and 6-foot-5 SF Reheem Williams both are good athletes with the ability to slash and finish above the rim in transition.
NPSAA Showcase All Stars
Based off their Performance.
Shaq Keith (6’4, 2012, SF, REDA)
Connor Wood (6’4, 2012, G/F, REDA)
Martin Dixon-Green (6’4, 2012, SG, REDA)
Jamal Reynolds (6’3, 2013, SG, ROCK Academy)
Johneil Simpson (6’4, 2012, SG, PHASE 1 Academy)