Ontario Prep Classic: Jankovic Impresses
Published by Gilbert Muako on October 4, 2010
The weekend saw some of Ontario’s newly found programs take actions in the Ontario Prep Classic, an event which featured three first year programs such as Next Level Academy, YAAACE Academy and Phase 1 Prep.
A solid crowd at the Downsview gym was pleased with entertaining games each day. It was impressive to see how close and competitive most of the matches were.
Stefan Jankovic 6’9” Combo Forward Kiski Prep 2012
Jankovic was hands down the most impressive player we saw all weekend, his potential as a player is over the roof. At his size, Jankovic is really skilled with the basketball, can handle the ball, create from the perimeter, and has a soft touch shooting the ball whether from the mid range or beyond the arc. He is very unselfish, creating plays for teammates off the high post. On the defensive end he was effective as well and used his size and length to alter or block shots. He has the versatility to guard multiple positions on the floor. The highlight of Jankovic’s weekend came in the final game where he tipped in a buzzer-beater against a tough REDA team to give Kiski a 3-0 record in the tournament. With added strength Jankovic will be a nightmare to opposing teams. Can’t help but imagine the player he’ll be with continued hard work.
Sim Bhullar 7’4” C Kiski Prep 2012
Bhullar had a tough time this weekend with so much focus on him. Regardless the big man did not back down from the challenge, effectively using his size, getting to the free throw line often; though he needs work finishing his free throws. Bhullar was solid rebounding the ball, he also made it tough for opposing players to finish at rim with his shot blocking. At his size Bhullar is much more athletic than he gets credit for.
Brian Rouse 6’4 SF REDA 2011
No one got to the hoop better than Rouse. The athletic guard did what he does best: use his quick first step to beat the defence off the dribble, slice in the lanes and finish tough at the rim. Rouse has incredible speed with the ball. There were multiple times where he took the ball end-to-end giving the defense no chance to slow him down. Plays with high amount of energy, runs the floor hard, very active defensively with good stance and crashes the boards. Ball handling and consistent shooting still in works, but looked slightly better.
Collin Holder 6’9” F YAAACE Prep 2011
A lot has changed about Holder. In less than a year the 6-foot-9 PF has transformed his game completely. Now he is much more than just big body used to clog up the paint. Holder displayed improved foot work; hands, condition, and aggression, he even threw down some powerful dunks on defenders. With his new found game and confidence, Holder is the one doing the laughing. Will be exciting to see his progression throughout the season.
Connor Wood 6’4” G/F REDA 2011
Wood was consistent throughout the weekend. A tough minded player who’s all about what it takes to win. He has a great understanding of the game and will never force the issue. Moves well without the ball and simply plays his role. Wood is capable of consistently knocking down open shots from three point or midrange – most noticeably the baseline jumper. A solid athlete, at times can surprise you with his leaping ability. Wood plays hard at all times and isn’t afraid of contact. He is an excellent defender and rebounder at his size. Won’t create his own shot often but does all little things that count.
Theon Reefer 6’5” SF YAAACE Prep 2011
Reefer is steadily improving in other areas. He’s already a great athlete with an outstanding motor. The biggest surprise in his game was the extension on his shooting. He made shoots from the three point arc with his feet set. Ball handling still needs a good amount of work but you can see the improvement at times as he took his man off the dribble. Things are quietly coming along for Reefer.
Chase Campbell 6’2 SG New Creations 2011
Campbell is a treat scoring-wise. He does not hesitate to rack up the points. At his size Campbell can put the ball in the hoop in many ways. Attacking the cup and making tough baskets. Coming off a screen and popping for a jumper. Using floaters in the lane and make multiple fall away jumpers. It would be nice to see him put in a bit more effort on the defensive end and may need to check he the way carries himself on the court. Overall, an impressive scorer who can put up big numbers.
Grant Mullins 6’1” PG REDA 2012
Came away extremely impressed with Mullins. He has matured a lot as a floor general since we last saw him in action. Mullins possesses high basketball IQ specially required when running a team. He always seemed to make the right plays even down the wire by keeping himself calm and controlled. Mullins has good looking shot from outside which he consistently made when left open. He also handled the ball well under pressure with both hands. Mullins definitely showed he is one the best young point guards around.
-Raheem Isaac was much better shooting the ball, has a quicker shot release and also handled the ball better, made a lot good play throughout the event
-Ryan Augustine was strong attacking the basket and attracting contact. Plays his heart out but needs to continue improvement on ball handling, consistent shooting and free throw shooting. Had big scoring games.
- 2013 C Tanveer Bhullar showed a nice touch around the hoop. Had some impressive back-to-the-basket moves. The young man is on his way up.
Top 10 Player Ranking Based Off Performance
1. Stefan Jankovic 6’9” F Kiski Prep 2012
2. Sim Bhullar 7’4” C Kiski Prep 2012
3. Brain Rouse 6’4” G REDA 2011
4. Connor Wood 6’4” G/F REDA 2011
5. Grant Mullins 6’1” PG REDA 2011
6. Collin Holder 6’9” F YAAACE Academy 2011
7. Theon Reefer 6’5” F YAAACE Academy 2011
8. Chase Campbell 6’2” SG New Creations 2011
9. Kadar Marshall 6’3” PG YAAACE 2011
10. Ryan Augustine 6’3” G Next Level Academy