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St.Michael’s College Int Recap: Pangos Dominates

Published by on January 14, 2011

The 51st St. Michael’s College Invitational saw a great group of teams and some of the top prospects take the court for the four day event.

The story in the first two days were the upsets as we saw some of the top teams in the province take a fall but as the tournament progressed it clearly became “The Kevin Pangos Show.” The Gonzaga-bound point guard scored 28 points in the first game, 19 in the second, 36 in the third and, surprisingly, took his Dr. Denison team to the championship game where he exploded for 48points in an 85-76 loss against number one ranked Vaughan Secondary.

STANDOUT PLAYERS

Kevin Pangos 6’1” Dr. Denison 2011 –  Pangos was sensational. The performance he put on over the event will forever be remembered. It did not matter how or who guarded him he had it going, making an array of shots that included long-range jumpers, mid-range pull ups, tough fall-away shots, running one foot jimmies, floaters in the lane and hard takes to the basket for and-1 plays. Coming into this tournament no one expected to see Dr. Denison in the championship game of this prestigious event but Pangos is a leader and makes his teammates believe they can play at any level. He managed to put up big-time scoring numbers while distributing the ball like a true point. Pangos proved he is the best high school player on Canadian soil averaging 32.7 points in Dr. Denison’s second place finish.

Andrew Wiggins 6’7” F Vaughan 2014 – We saw a whole different side of Wiggins’ game in this event, playing on the perimeter a lot more than usual. At first, it looked as if he was shying away from being aggressive, but as time went on it became clear that Wiggins was just looking to show off his improved perimeter game. He was consistent making threes and getting to the mid-range area for tough jumpers with defenders draped all over him. Though he was great nailing shots, it would’ve been nice to see him mix up things a bit more and take it strong rim on occasion. Nevertheless, Wiggins was impressive, especially with his 28-point performance to lead Vaughan to the championship win.

Mike Lafricain 6’1” PG Loyola 2011 – Once again, Lafricain impresses, showing he is one of the best lead guards in the country. He has great confidence and leadership on the floor, always communicating and looking to make others around him better. Mike has a high basketball IQ, he is capable of handling the ball well with either hand under pressure and can run an offence while making the right decision. He also could be a scoring threat  from outside where he can consistently knock down shots. Whatever CIS school lands Lafricain, it will have something big to smile about.

Tre Boutilier 6’5″ F Father Henry Carr 2012 – Boutilier was truly impressive in the event being Father Henry Carr’s most consistent player. He shot the ball as well  as we’ve seen from him, constantly knocking down triples with his feet set and scoring off hard cuts to the basket. Boutilier has a great body that he uses to complete strong plays around the rim. He has the chance to accurately be considered a true SF, but he’ll have to put in some time on improving his ball-handling and having a more legitimate pull-up jumper.

Duane Notice 6’3″ CG St. Mikes 2013 – Though his St. Mike’s team took an early exit in the first day of the tournament, Notice still shined scoring 29 points in the loss. He showed a tighter ball handle when creating for himself and others and was terrific in the open floor, switching gear and getting to the basket with creativity.

Rotomi Osuntola Jr. 6’5” F Holy Names 2011 – Osuntola Jr. is an athletic forward with fire to his game. A hard worker inside who’s tough when rebounding the ball at both ends, his biggest strength lies on the defensive end where he uses his lateral quickness to lock down the perimeter and is able to utilize his toughness and strength to defend down low. Osuntola’s offensive package is still a work in progress as he created and made most of his baskets just inside the three, hitting a short jumper or taking a hard drive to the basket.

Aaron Best 6’4″ SF Eastern Commerce 2011 - Once again Best showed unmatched energy and aggression on the floor. He was a force going to the basket where he finished with contact or was able to get to the free-throw line to convert. He’s also solid shooting the ball from beyond the arc with his feet set.

Ammanuel Diressa 6’3″ G Eastern Commerce 2012 - Diressa has one of best looking jumpers in the province with a quick flick from the wrist. He was quiet for most of the weekend but showed his best work with a 26-point performance against Vaughan. Diressa also displayed he’s capable of attacking the basket and finishing. He’s more of a two guard at the moment but with improved speed, quickness and ball-handling Diressa could be valuable recruit in the 2012 Canadian class.

Youngsters Impress

Anthony Pate 6’3″ G Holy Trinity 2014 – Extremely talented young guard who gets to the basket in a hurry. It’s evident Pate is a bit taller and has put on some size since summer, helping him to finish better around the rim. The lefty guard has a quick first step and effectively uses ball fakes and hesitation moves to get closer to basket for a higher percentage shot. Pate will be a force in Canadian high school basketball for years to come.

Tyrell Bellot-Green 6’5” F Oakwood 2014 – Bellot-Green was the brightest spot for Oakwood over the weekend, leading his team in scoring in two of their three games played. Nailing jumpers from the high post, finishing strong inside and passing out of the post pretty well.

Malcolm Duvivier 6’0” PG St.Mikes 2014 – Duvivier does a fantastic job as St. Mike’s lead guard. Only a 2014, but already has the body of a high school senior. He made good decisions controlling the floor and made shots in the mid-range.

Jake Babic 6’3″ G Loyola 2014 – Came away impressed with Babic. He starts on a talented Loyola team and holds his own against bigger, stronger competition. He’s a capable ball handler and runs the point when Mike Lafricain steps off the floor. Is able to get to the mid-range for the pull-up bucket and his size is a good asset. Babic is still young and developing but will be a major key to Loyola’s success for the next four years.

Lookout for…

Jamal Reynolds is a thin 2013 G with a scoring mentality. He led Pine Ridge in scoring in both games with 30 points in the first and 29 in the other.

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