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Barbosa to Brazil (with NBA out) MLSE says they have bidders, season in January? Brampton’s Ennis jumps up rankings

- August 18th, 2011

Sonny Weems is signed to play in Lithuania for the entire season and now Leandro Barbosa is off to his native Brazil. Barbosa signed with Flamengo, but has an NBA opt-out that kicks in whenever the lockout ends. Barbosa had considered going back to Brazil for good, but no team could come close to the $7.6 million U.S. the Raptors still owe Barbosa.

All I know about Flamengo is they used to employ all-time Raptors draft bust Rafael Araujo.

- Things I’ve heard of late. At least one high-ranking member of MLSE shares my belief that the NBA will get some games in this year – likely starting in January. That’s been my guess since last year.

- Also, MLSE claim, contrary to reports, that there are several strong possibilities lining up to try to buy the conglomerate. I’ll take that one with a grain of salt. I think they are trying to get people to up their bids or show interest but I could be way off.

- Last week saw ESPN update its class of 2014 ranking and move Canadian Andrew Wiggins all the way to the top.

Now, Scout.com has updated its 2013 list and Brampton’s Tyler Ennis (CIA Bounce, St. Benedict Prep) is up to No. 24.

2013 isn’t loaded with Canadians the way other recent classes have been.

Valanciunas at it again + young Canadians continue to dominate

- August 7th, 2011

So much for Raptors draft pick Jonas Valanciunas needing some time to develop before putting in work at the senior level internationally.

Valanciunas made his debut for Lithuania’s senior team on Saturday and led the team to a 94-73 victory over the Czech Republic with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Valanciunas was particularly effective inside, either finishing with dunks or getting to the line where, like usual, he hit most of his free throws.

“I was more nervous than usually … (but) there wasn’t a moment that I thought of the statistics, I just went on the court and showed what I can do,” Valanciunas told reporters afterwards.

Valanciunas did not play in Lithuania’s first exhibition and there has been some question for months now whether he would see significant minutes at the upcoming Eurobasket Tournament, but it’s hard to see his coach benching Valanciunas both because of how effective he has been this summer (MVP of the FIBA Under-19 World Championship) and because he has become the most popular player in his country and the Eurobasket will be in Lithuania.

The Valanciunas highlights are here.

While Valanciunas looks to have solidified his place, the team surprisingly cut its other young 7-foot NBA prospect, Donatas Motiejunas who is more of a one-way player than Valanciunas and also is not as far along in his development.

Meanwhile,Canada is in the championship game of the 2011 NIke Global Challenge after beating USA East 104-83.

Brampton’s Sim Bhullar had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Vaughan’s Andrew Wiggins continued his dominance at the event, scoring 21 points, nine from long-range, a new wrinkle to his game.

Tyler Ennis of Brampton (14 points, six assists) and Scarborough’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes added 19.

Here is the boxscore.

Canadians Wiggins, Bennett, Ennis, etc. do well at camps; Dwight working with the dream and more

- July 29th, 2011

Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, two of Canada’s top basketball prospects both performed well at recent events.

The fine folks at Flagrant Fouls had a nice recap of how they and other Canadians did at the AAU Super Showcase.

Of Wiggins they say:

“Wiggins played 16′s this week for the first time this summer and helped lead a loaded Bounce squad to the Championship on ESPNU.  He’s learning to play harder and harder and as a result is punishing his opponents.  At the 16u age group Andrew should be illegal, as his freakish athleticism, terrific basketball instincts, and length make him a game changer.  The one area where he still needs a lot of growth is in his understanding of helpside defense.  Florida State, Syracuse, Pitt, North Carolina, Kentucky, and way more were posted up at his games this week.”

I still believe that it would have been nice to see Wiggins play for Canada’s U-19 team at the FIBA Worlds this summer since he is a good enough prospect that all the big schools are already after him (meaning he doesn’t need the camp exposure like other Canadians), but what’s done is done.

ESPN also weighed in on Wiggins:

“Wiggins is an extremely talented player for a rising sophomore. He is a tremendous athlete who plays well above the rim and had three monster dunks in the championship game. He is a solid shooter to 17 feet, but needs to improve his range. He has the ability to dominate inside 17 feet, is a good slasher and can rebound. Overall, Wiggins is one of the best rising sophomores in North America.”

They also spoke highly of Brampton’s Tyler Ennis:

“He is an impact combo guard who is wired to score. Ennis is a good slasher who finds a way to get in the lane and put the ball in the basket. He has range on his jumper to 20 feet and he can create off the dribble for himself and others. Ennis has a chance to be one of the better guards in the 2013 class.”

Wiggins, Ennis and Xavier Rathan-Mayes of Scarborough stood out as CIA Bounce (Toronto) beat Garner Roads (North Carolina) 66-55 in the final of the tournament. Wiggins had 28 in the game.

- Crown wrapped up the LeBron James Skills Academy, where Wiggins and Anthony Bennett (Brampton), Canada’s top prospects of any age group (along with Myck Kabongo and Khem Birch) at the moment, did well.

Apparently Wiggins wasn’t as dominant against the older competition as he was playing against those his age, but still showed huge promise and held his own.

Bennett has seen his stock go on a meteoric rise and continues to back it up:

“This has been the summer of Anthony Bennett. No player in North America has seen their stock sky rocket like he has. With momentum flowing, he used the Skills Academy to sustain his new found status. You would have a hard time trying to find a more explosive big man in the whole camp than Bennett. He is a handful for opposing bigs.”

- Elsewhere, Toronto’s Northern Kings AAU team won the U-16 title at the FAB 48 Tournament at Las Vegas. I believe this is the same event Grassroots Canada featuring Tristan Thompson, Cory Joseph and Olu Ashaolu won a few years ago. The Northern Kings are largely made up of Oakwood Collegiate and Eastern Commerce players but Martingrove star Connor Gilmore also stood out, along with a few other players.

- Toronto’s Kyle Johnson, who averaged about 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 35% from three over four strong seasons at Long Island University has decided to play internationally for Great Britain. He is playing for their development team and doing quite well, leading the team in scoring most games. Johnson is a former member of the Northern Kings, as is Canadian national team scoring guard Jevohn Sheppard.

- In pro ball news, Dwight Howard is working out with Hakeem Olajuwon for the second summer in a row. That should do wonders for his game. Howard was better offensively than ever this past season, while still dominating defensively.

- Former Butler star Matt Howard has signed with Olympiacos in Greece.

- Canada isn’t the only country with problems getting insurance. Australia was not able to get insurance for star centre Andrew Bogut (no surprise since he has an unfortunate history of constantly being hurt), so Bogut will be an assistant coach instead.