REDA Christmas Showcase Standouts
Published by Gilbert Muako on December 26, 2010
The two-day event featured eight teams and gave players a chance to compete over the break while playing in front of family and friends. One team in particular stole the show. Christian Faith Center Academy out of North Carolina had some of Canada’s top players who returned home for the first time this season. Their match ups against other strong programs, such as J. Clarke Richardson and REDA, drew some of the best crowds we’ve seen all year.
Tarry Upshaw did a great job putting together this event which will continue to get bigger and better every year.
Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6’3″ SG CFCA 2014- A high level player with great scoring touch. Rathan-Mayes is extremely skilled. He can make plays for himself and others, has a tight handle with a variety of offensive moves that can setup his pull-up jumper from outside or a drive to the rim. He has a nice mid-range game and can make tough shots. Rathan-Mayes has been criticized for being a selfish player but he showed his maturity and improvement in his passing game, controlling the ball and finding guys for open looks.
Ryan Augustine 6’2″ SG Next Level Prep 2011- Augustine has made huge strides since we last saw him in the Ontario Prep showcase. It’s evident Augustine has been putting in a great amount work, showing improvement on his handle as he broke down guys when going to the rack. The other noticeable upgrade was how well he shot the ball, nailing jumpers on the move and consistently hitting from behind the arc with his feet set. Augustine was terrific in the Christmas Showcase, his final year will turn out pretty well if he keeps improving at this rate.
Brain Rouse 6’4″ SG REDA 2011- A super athlete who plays with a great deal of energy. Rouse is strong when slashing to the hoop using a hop step, taking off two feet and finishing in the crowd. He has excellent bounce and is quick on his feet, grabbing a rebound and exploding out to the other end with incredible speed for an easy lay in or finish above rim with no chance of a defender catching up. One of the more impressive things about Rouse is his willingness to defend with good defensive stance and his terrific lateral speed.
Mikyle McIntosh 6’6″ F CFCA 2013- Physical is one word that pops into mind when talking about McIntosh. He has a strong build and plays tough every possession. He creates just inside the arc by slashing to the basket. He was a force to be reckoned with down low with his physical play pursuing rebounds and cleaning up the offensive glass with put-back dunks. No one protected the rim better, he changed countless shots and had highlight-worthy blocks throughout the two-day event.
Kevin Thomas 6’8″ F CFCA 2011- Very skilled combo forward with size, length and great overall athleticism. Thomas was inconsistent with his play, showing out in spurts. In his high moments he displayed solid ball handling to work from the perimeter, smooth shooting touch in the mid-range and pleased the crowd with an array of high flying dunks and blocks; particularly in his most productive game against Metro Prep scoring 17 points. He has all the tools to dominate a game, he just needs to find that killer instinct.
Aaron Redpath 6’4″ SG J. Clarke Richardson 2011- We are aware of the fact Redpath can put up big time scoring numbers but in this tournament he didn’t just score in his regular fashion of shooting from outside, he was putting the ball on the floor and creating off the bounce by going to the hoop or getting to the mid-range for a pull-up jumper.
Meshack Lufile 6’7″ C REDA 2011- This is the most productivity we’ve seen from Lufile. He played a lot stronger down low, showing more confidence. He attacked the boards, made solid post moves and finished plays when he was supposed to.
-Though undersized as a post player, standing 6-foot-4, CFCA’s Ranier Croft had a huge presence down low. He has a big body and used it to eat up space and finish strong with contact.
- Metro Prep’s Sebastain Micheneau is a solid 6-foot-1 guard with good upper-body strength. He uses it to attack the hoop and attract contact. He scored off jumpers and nailed three balls. He put up 29 points against J. Clarke Richardson.