SBA Tournament Standouts
Published by Gilbert Muako on April 12, 2011
The OBA season is in full swing and this past weekend the SBA tournament brought in some of the top teams and talent to the HoopDome courts. The three day event gave us the opportunity to take in a great amount of prospects in the U15, U16, U17 and U19 age groups. As the weekend progressed the hottest topic became the quality of teams and talent showing from the Ottawa area. Though there were many senior level guys who could easily have made our standout list we came into the tournament mainly focused on the underclassmen. With that said, below are some of the guys who caught our attention over the weekend. Thanks to Jason Williams and Stew Kerr for conducting a great event.
Justin Shaver 6’7 PF Ottawa Guardsmen 2011
Shaver had an incredible presence in the post as always, overmatching all his opponents with his extremely aggressive play. He has a big strong body and he uses it to his full advantage making strong but yet controlled post moves around the basket and consistently finishing tough with defenders all over him. He defends and crashes the boards as hard as any one you’ll see. What I like about him is whenever he is at fault he’ll always find a way to make up for it, by making a stop, giving his team second chance points or a willingness to dive on the ground for a loose ball. He will greatly help the defending CIS champion Carleton Ravens next season.
Jean Pierre-Charles 6’8 F Ottawa Guardsmen 2012
The Ottawa Guardsmen where one of the hot topics amongst coaches and observers, dominating with their aggressive approach and size advantage they held on others and a good part of all that was the presence of 6-foot-8 combo forward Jean Pierre-Charles. Pierre-Charles used his size and length and skills to mix things up, giving defenders a different taste of his abilities with each possession. He worked off the perimeter, scored down low or created from just inside the three point line. Pierre plays hard and finds ways to get to the free throw line often.
Things went well for Blake as this was one of the best weekends we’ve seen from him all year. He was consistent with his performance throughout the event, slashing to the hoop with explosiveness and did a fine job of completing baskets once in the paint. He also used his terrific midrange jumper as usual and also looked to handle the ball a bit more while being the focal point on the BJCC team. Blake led the Magic to the championship game where they would fall just short to a strong Ottawa Guardsmen team.
Marial Shayok 6’3 SG Ottawa Guardsmen 2014
We last laid eyes on Marail Shayok in November for the Adidas Classic at Father Henry Carr and seeing him now its clear that a few things have been upgraded. To start his body looks better and it seems like he’s toned up a bit. His ball handling has tightened up too allowing him the opportunity to create off the bounce for himself and others. Finally his jump shot looked a lot sharper on the move and he was very impressive making positive basketball plays.
Jamar Ergas 6’2 SG Missions 2015
The one player I was most anxious to see take court was 6-foot-2 guard Jamar Ergas. We saw him last year at the Flight Games winning the dunk contest as an eight grader. Ergas is a high major athlete who could one day be a high major Division 1 talent if he keeps improving his ball skills to match his great athleticism. He has solid ball control when creating, got to the rim when he wanted to and hit open looks with his feet set. He also caught the crowd by surprise with his high soaring dunks in transition.
Anthony Pate 6’3 SG Grassroots 2014
The talented lefty guard did his usual, getting to the rack with his quick first step, making it difficult for defenders to stay in front of him when using ball fakes, jab steps, pump fakes before making a move. Pate is always in attack mode, either going all the way to the cup, penetrating and kicking, pulling up for the mid ranger or a lofting a floater down the lane. He moves extremely well without the ball. He will need to add consistency on his three point shot.
Daniel Nwosu 6’2 SG Ottawa Guardsmen 2013
Nwosu was very impressive in second day action. Most noticeably in Ottawa Guardsmen’s match up versus Fire Basketball, where he took the team on his shoulders for the victory, scoring big time baskets as the game got deeper. He is an unselfish guard who plays within the system but is capable of putting the ball in the basket when needed to. He was nailing from long distance and penetrating the hoop.
Kevin Percy 6’6 F Ottawa Next Level 2013
A lengthy player who has a chance to be successful as a full time small forward but for now Percy’s bread and butter is slashing to the basket and being able to finish in traffic. He can also knock down the three pointer when given enough time. Defensively he is capable of defending the post and is also able come out and guard the perimeter using his length and solid lateral movement. Percy will be a very good player as he keeps improving his speed and quickness and overall ball skills.
* Chris McComber (Ottawa Next Level) was part of the Ottawa invasion that stormed the courts over the weekend. The 6-foot-7 2014 forward can do a bit of everything as he can score baskets from inside out and clean up the offensive glass using his height advantage over most of his age competition. Has added couple of more inches since last year. Could turn into a very good player with continued work.