Maurice Kirby – 6’9″ Sr. Gets a New Start

“P.H.A.S.E. 1’s “Athlete of the Week” race has heated up with all our athletes responding extremely well to the level of intensity and goals we have mutually set for them. This past week, 6’9” IUPUI graduate senior, Maurice “Mo” Kirby, separated himself from the pack with his efforts inside and outside of the gym, including his strong nutritional…

Jerome Robinson – A Canadian Basketball Crown Jewel

A crown has many expensive jewels that make it valuable. The city of Malton, in the province of Ontario, is an example of this. Individually, Malton’s basketball crown jewels have impacted Canadian basketball at every level and in many different ways. Paul Coffey Park, formerly known as Wildwood Park, was the place where everyone came to hone and show…

Ryan Berg – Rebuilding a Beast

Conference Freshman and Player of Year, Ryan Berg Ready to Return to the PacWest at California State San Marcos University! Ryan’s exciting social media announcement of his commitment to California State San Marcos University did not come without overcoming great adversity. Let’s back up a couple years to a time of contemplation when the energy and enthusiasm wasn’t…

West Hill C.I. – A Decade of Distinguished Gentlemen

  On my last check West Hill Collegiate in Scarborough, Ontario had 10 currently active Canadian professional basketball players. That is more than any other Canadian high school in the new millennium. More importantly the approximately $3, 000,000 in scholarship money produced more bachelors and masters degrees than professional contracts. An accomplishment  of this magnitude could…

Keith Vassell – Legend Amongst Us – Part 1

Keith Vassell’s 73pts in a high school game for Mother Teresa CSS has since been eclipsed by Denham Brown’s 111pt barrage but it was no less an accomplishment considering it was done in Italy on his first trip ever playing FIBA basketball. It’s exciting to share a part of Keith’s journey, not because he is a great…

Charles Kissi – Sauce for Coaching Success

  Cooking up a successful university basketball program is not by accident and Coach Charles Kissi knows how to put the ingredients together. From his early experiences as a player he was able to harvest what would prepare him to run with opportunities being presented to him today. Charles basketball history has been about taking from each…

Emerson Jay Murray Turning Misfortune to Inspiration

The last time Emerson Jay Murray from Vancouver, Canada and I crossed paths he was a part of the greatest assembly of high school talent in Canadian Basketball history. He recovered from a horrible injury and returned to being one of the best high school ballers in his province of British Columbia and earn an…

Chenel Harris – NCAA Women’s Coaching Inspiration

Chanel Harris ascension in the woman’s NCAA D1 Coaching Ranks as an Assistant Coach  for U. of Arkansas has been without the slightest break. In a sport still dominated by men she serves as an inspiration for all woman and us men as well. A major topic of discussion during the 2016 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National…

7ft Boubacar Toure – From Dakar, Senegal to Grand Canyon U.

Most of us can’t imagine not growing up training and playing in air conditioned gyms with wood floors best equipment possible and all the latest gear to look the part. But for Boubacar Toure his journey to Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, Arizona had a very different route. A route that made his goals so much…

Chris Kraus – 1st Men’s Canadian NCAA Basketball Head Coach

Humility and courage are true signs of a great leader. Chris Kraus definitely possesses these qualities. Chris could have easily become complacent in his early journey to becoming the 1st Canadian head coach of a men’s NCAA team. His dad and high school coach is legendary Canadian Basketball coach George Kraus. George built both the…

Denham Brown – Pioneer at a Price, Part 1

If I had to name one student athlete as the catalyst for today’s Canadian basketball explosion, I would argue Denham Brown! It may seem biast considering I was his Toronto Elite Development and Grassroots Canada AAU coach, high school teacher and trainer at West Hill C.I.  But the reality is there was very few of us that were…