Grassroots Canada 16U

Grassroots Canada is one of the elite programs in the summer circuit. The 16U team from Toronto may be their best yet.

Tristan Thompson is already commited to the University of Texas. The 6'9" small forward will be one of the top recruits in the 2010 class. Thompson is very long and his game is very fluid. All summer, Thompson has been turning heads. He had the dunk of the weekend at the recent Ruston Showcase when he tomahawked the ball over two defenders. Thompson is far from just an athlete, he moves with and without the ball with ease and displayed good range on his jumper.

Cory Joseph is also making a name for himself this summer. His brother, Devoe Joseph, recently signed to play at Minnesota. Like his brother, Cory is getting major attention from top programs. Joseph is very smooth with the ball and has a very nice mid-range game. He works hard, follows his misses, and makes the hustle plays. Joseph also has great accuracy from deep, but he can put it on the floor when needed. The 6'3" guard was able to get in the lane all weekend in Ruston, dishing to his teammates or finishing himself.

Myck Kabongo is a high school teammate of Thompson and will be one of the top point guards of the 2011 class. Kabongo has all the tools needed to be a major point guard and was the fastest player on the court in every game he played in Ruston. Kabongo can also shoot from the outside. He hit three shots from deep in the early part of the championship game's second half to pull his team back from a ten point halftime defecit.

Grassroots Head Coach Ro Russell says JP Kambola is one of the top young post players on the continent. "JP is strong, athletic, and he has a very high ceiling," Russell said. "He rebounds, blocks shots, everything you need from a big man." Kambola, a 6'9" center, uses his athleticism to get to the ball and doesn't give up on plays.

While Thompson is commited to Texas, he did have good things to say about Louisiana tech on his visit to Ruston. "Tech has a nace campus and a great basketball facility," said Thompson. "They are really improving things and the new apartments look really nice."

Grassroots Canada will compete this weekend in the GBOA East region tournament. The GBOA website lists Grassroots as the East team to watch. For more information, visit the GBOA website.

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