Canadian NCAA Dreams – Wayne Dawkins

Things were very different for a young Canadian baller trying to get to the NCAA in the 80’s and early 90’s. This was just before things began to erupt into what we see today. The path to the NCAA dream did not come with the proven roadmap that exists now and hoards of successful basketball peers to guide the way. Word of mouth, news articles, poorly taped together VHS tapes and the rumors of incredible highlights were the only resources available to attract NCAA coaches across the border.

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Cordell “Bobby” Llewellyn – Canadian Basketball Gladiator – Part 1

Bobby defined our era of basketball. How we were taught to play by our peers, dictated by the tough, no- blood-no-foul style being played in the NBA. It was a time of psychological and physical basketball warfare.

The Rising Stars Showcase – All Canada Classic – Part 2

The Rising Stars Showcase was established with the objective of creating an environment to foster the growth and development of Canada’s budding underclassmen basketball stars. As a component of the All Canada Classic National High School All-Star Celebration, the Rising Stars participants were given the opportunity to experience how their top peers’ train, play, and the attitude they…

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…

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…