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Tordawg



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Class of 2018 Reply with quote

The most prestigious high school all-star game is the McDonalds All American. Of the 24 players selected for this year's game at Philips Arena (Home of the Atlanta Hawks) two are Canadian. R.J. Barrett from Florida's #1 ranked high school in the U.S., Montverde Academy and Simi Shittu of Vermont Academy. These two claim to be friends, but history would seem to indicate a certain level of friction between the two GTHAers. They are on different squads at the March 28th affair and are going to different colleges in September. R.J. to Duke and Simi to Vanderbilt. Maybe one day they will get on the same page with the SMNT.

Had a chance to watch the final day of the Dan Pendergast St. Mike's Tournament a couple of weeks back. Even with most elite players scattered in prep schools across the U.S. or Canada , like the two aforementioned, there still was a number of players I saw who could help out on many a USPORTS squad. Certainly Kevin Otoo from Central Toronto Academy (Formerly Central Commerce High School, but a name change was necessary to attract more students who thought a Commerce school didn't have the required subjects for university entry. They do.). Anyway Mr. Otoo standing at 6'0" had 3 dunks in the championship game won by CTA over Pineridge and nearly another. He dropped that one in a la NCAA players in the sixties when they banned dunking. Certainly has the athleticism to play on a USPORTS team to go with his other solid talents. BTW, I felt like I was at a tennis match in that championship game as both teams went end to end at a furious pace. The North is coming. Watch out world.
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Tordawg



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Metro Classic held in New Jersey this past weekend saw the No. 1 ranked Monteverde Academy (Monteverde, Fla.) finish their regular season at 32-0 with three wins. The win on Friday was a classic as Roselle Catholic (Roselle, N.J.) was up by 6 points with 30 seconds left in the game. That's when RJ Barrett put it in another physical and mental gear scoring the last 7 points for a 60-59 victory. The top prospect for the worldwide Class of 2018 seems to be the real deal yo.
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