Highly-touted Orangeville Prep prospects Jamal Murray and Thon Maker are among the next generation of Canadian basketball stars who will showcase their talents as BioSteel and TSN revealed the roster of players on Wednesday taking part in the first-ever BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game.
The game takes place at Toronto's Mattamy Athletic Centre on Tuesday, April 14 and will be seen on TSN following the Toronto Raptors' game against the Boston Celtics.
The top 24 high school players in Canada will compete just 24 hours before NCAA Signing Day on April 15. And many of the 24 players taking part will declare their NCAA intent that next day.
Murray, a 6'4" point guard from Kitchener, Ontario, has raised eyebrows with a complete game on both sides of the ball that has drawn comparisons to a young Jason Kidd. The 18-year-old's athleticism and length, combined with his ability to shrug off defenders has opened the eyes of recruiters from Syracuse and Louisville.
Several elite prospects have skipped a grade of high school to graduate early and join the college ranks sooner, and Murray could definitely follow suit as Wiggins once did. But another year of high school could also elevate his stock further. Murray's also scheduled play in the Nike Hoop Summit Game on April 11 (his second time in the showcase for future NBA talents) and one more year would make him the first player ever to take part in the game three times.
Maker, also 18, is a 7'1" centre rated as the top recruit of the 2015 class. Originally from Sudan and raised in Australia, he's been in North America for the past three years, coming to Orangeville, Ontario last September. Maker's monstrous frame is deceiving. Despite being a legitimate seven-footer, Maker moves with the speed of a smaller man and has the deft scoring touch of a skilled forward.
Preview the skills that will be on display at the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game with TSN.ca's mixtape showcasing the talents of Thon Maker, Jalen Poyser, Justin Jackson, Eddie Ekiyor and Marcus Carr. And take another look at some of Thon Maker's highlights here.
The athletes were chosen by an 11-person selection committee comprised of a cross-section of Canadian basketball stakeholders, including provincial/territorial representatives, clubs, coaches, and scouts from across the country and led by Operations Director and Selection Committee Chairman Tony McIntyre.
BioSteel All-Canadian Roster
|Kyle Alexander||PF||6'9||Milton, ON||Athlete Institute|
|Jahvon Blair||G||6'3||Brampton, ON||Athlete Institute|
|Marcus Carr||SG||6'1||Vaughan, ON||St. Michael's|
|Christian David||SG||6'5||Milton, ON||Bishop Redding|
|Jerome Desrosiers||SF||6'6||Montreal, QC||N. Mt. Hermon|
|Danilo Djuricic||PF||6'6||Brampton, ON||St. Michael's|
|Eddie Ekiyor||PF||6'8||Ottawa, ON||New Hampton|
|Jermaine Haley||PG||6'7||Burnaby, BC||Burnaby South|
|Justin Jackson||SF||6'8||Scarborough, ON||Findlay Prep|
|Corey Johnson||SG||6'3||Ottawa, ON||Vermont Academy|
|Nelson Kaputo||PG||6'0||Toronto, ON||St. Michael's|
|Abu Kigab||SF||6'6||St. Catherines, ON||St. Francis|
|Matur Maker||F||6'10||Sydney, AUS||Athlete Institute|
|Thon Maker||C||7'1||Sydney, AUS||Athlete Institute|
|Koby McEwen||PG||6'3||Mt. Pleasant, UT||Wasatch Academy|
|Jamal Murray||G||6'5||Kitchener, ON||Athlete Institute|
|Matthew Neufeld||C||6'10||Victoria, BC||Sunrise Christian Academy|
|Awak Piom||SG||6'5||Edmonton, AB||Harry Ainlay|
|Jalen Poyser||G||6'5||Malton, ON||Athlete Institute|
|Keshaun Saunders||G||6'5||Brampton, ON||Athlete Institute|
|Simisola Shittu||PF||6'8||Burlington, ON||Corpus Christi|
|Jordy Tshimanga||C||6'10||Springfield, MA||MacDuffie School|
|Howard Washington||PG||6'2||Buffalo, NY||Montverde FL|
|Lindell Wigginton||PG||6'1||Dartmouth, NS||Oak Hill Academy|