OSBA Men’s Final: #1 Orangeville Prep Bears vs. #2 TRC Academy Wolfpack

(4-12-17) Ontario is the ‘hot bed’ of boys high school basketball in Canada. In the past top Canadian players have been heading to the US to play their high school hoops. But those days may becoming to an end, thanks to several key programs in Ontario and others around the country.

This past week, Canada’s version of the McDonald’s All-American game took place in Toronto with the BioSteel All-Canadian game, although the game featured a few Canadian players who compete in the US, the talent still playing in Canada proved a point, there are plenty of good players staying home.

The Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association named their top boys basketball players in the Association this week.  The quality of the players in this group proves the point.

OSBA All Stars
OSBA 1st Team All Stars

Of the five first team members, four are coming to the US next season to play D1 basketball.

  • Howard Washington -Athlete Institute – Syracuse
  • Stefan Smith -Bill Crothers – Vermont
  • Oshae Bissett -Athlete Institute – Syracuse
  • Eliel Nsoseme – TRC Academy – Cincinnati

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The fifth member and the OSBA MVP, Ignas Brazdeikis  , who led Orangeville Prep to the OSBA title tonight,  is in the Class of 2018, but is getting plenty of interest from DI schools.

 

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Programs like Cincinnati are getting serious about looking at Canadian players, like Eliel Nsoseme.

UC associate head coach Larry Davis

“I have a friend who’s an AAU coach in his area in Canada. He called and said there was a kid I should look at. I went and watched him.”

After this past week you can see why Ontario is leading the way in helping Canada to become a leader in producing the future stars on the hardwood.

Ontario product Oshae Brissett was named the BioSteel All-Canadian High School Basketball Player of the Year.

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