R.J. Barrett (Canada) 38 Pts, 13 Rebs, 5 Ast
(3-27-18) Wednesday night in Atlanta the McDonald’s All-American game will feature Canadian star R.J. Barrett (Duke commit) at 6’7 he is ranked by ESPN as the top small forward in the nation (and Canada) and top overall player. Barrett was named this year’s Morgan Wootten Player of the Year, joining past honorees including Lonzo Ball (2016), Ben Simmons (2015), Jabari Parker (2013), Kevin Love (2007), LeBron James (2003), Jay Williams (1999) and Shane Battier (1997).
Tha Canadian star played for Montverde (Fla) Academy who went undefeated and was ranked by many this season as the #1 team in the US. Right after participating in Atlanta he will join his teammates at the GEICO National Championships in New York and their match-up with Lone Peak (Utah).
The revolution of Canadian high school basketball continues to grow. Barrett led the Canadians to a FIBA U19 World Cup title last season beating the US, leading the Canadians with 38 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists.
How serious is Canada about high school basketball? Very serious!
John Celenza, CEO of BioSteel Sports
‘BioSteel is committed to growing the game of basketball in Canada and we created this game as a platform to celebrate talent we have across our country.’
On April 8th, the Canadians will hold an all-star event modeled after the McDonald’s game, the BioSteel All Canadian Game will be held on Sunday April 8th. The only piece missing will be Barrett who could not attend due to a prior commitment. Five of the 21 All-Canadians who will play in the game played in the States this past season for American prep schools.
2018 BioSteel All Canadian Game Roster First Name Last Name School Jaden Bediako Ridley College (Ont) Joel Brown Brewster Academy (NH) Luguentz Dort Athlete Institute Prep (Ont) Kaosi Ezeagu GTA Prep (Ont.) Junior Farquhar Orangeville Prep (Ont) Quincy Guerrier Thetford Academy (Que) Josh Hemmings Oak Hill (VA) Ben Hendriks Athlete Institute (Ont) Jashon Henry Notre Dame (Sask) Jonathan Kabongo Thornhlea SS (Ont) Noah Kirkwood TRC Academy (Ont) Emanuel Miller La Lumiere (IN) Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe Orangeville Prep (Ont) Cashius McNielly Huntington Prep (VA) Addison Patterson Athlete Institute Prep (Ont) Daniel Sackey Thornlea SS (Ont) Luka Sakota King’s Christian Collegiate (Ont) Tyrese Samuels Wasatch (UT) Keshaun Saunders Orangeville Prep (Ont) Miguel Tomley Tamanwis (BC) Antoine Vernon TRC Academy (Ont)
The caliber of talent north of the border continues to impress.
Added this year thanks to ESPN will be the Signature All-Canadian Showcase — a high school All-Star event to be held in Toronto on April 23, Barrett will play in this game.
Organizer Dwayne Washington told ESPN:
“As Canadian basketball continues to expand and the talent is increasing, just like the U.S., the athletes deserve another game. Not everyone gets into the other game [BioSteel], and the timing can make it difficult.
High school basketball continues to grow outside of the US, including island-neighbor the Bahamas who are holding their national championships this week. The quality of talent is impressive and much like Canada players are starting to trickle into the States during the high school season.
- The Top 15 High School Basketball Players From The Bahamas
- Tabernacle Baptist Academy’s Desmond Butler Named Bahamas Player of the Year
The way high school basketball continues to grow out of the borders of the US, don’t be surprised to the level expand into international high school championships.