View Full Version : brief 2009 recruiting jupdates - December 2 - Manny Arpop & Kelly Olynyk; Sam Dower

12-02-2008, 10:02 PM
This re;port on Manny and Kelly from CanadaBasketball (http://www.basketball.ca/en/hm/inside.php?sid=1&id=2582):
Last Updated: December 02, 2008
November 27 - If the young NEDA boys program can be said to have a rival, Grassroots Canada is it. The organization behind TAPS which tangled with NEDA last season paid its first visit of this year to McMaster and both squads had their intensity level ratcheted up. Point guard Ty Nurse was looking to dish early, getting the offence going while NEDA's defensive efforts boosted them to a 23-15 advantage after the first ten minutes. Grassroots pulled back in the next frame, but NEDA closed the door and took the scrimmage. Nurse added 10 points of his own, while Mangisto Arop provided 19.

November 28 - The boys ventured across the border on Black Friday, arriving in Syracuse, N.Y., unscathed by border lineups or crazed bargain hunters. The Jamesville-Dewitt High School Red Panthers were not nearly so co-operative. The defending New York State Class A Champions and alma mater to Andy Rautins jumped on a tentative NEDA squad, taking charge of their scrimmage session early on. Mike Allison and Rob Dewar played well inside, emphatically swatting away several of Jamesville's shot attempts, and NEDA capitalized on the Panthers' turnovers with a litany of impressive dunks including four by Kelly Olynyk. However, NEDA struggled from the floor throughout the afternoon and never settled into a rhythm. Jamesville's on-court leader was Brandon Triche, a 6'4 senior guard who was MVP of the New York State championship tournaments and earlier this month signed a letter of intent to play for Syracuse.

After dinner, the team joined over 22,000 raucous Syracuse fans at the Carrier Dome to watch the Orange take on Virginia. Andy Rautins's three-point shooting and playmaking ability helped lead a third quarter surge by the Orange that carried them to a 73-70 victory. Fellow Canadian Kris Joseph of Montreal, who played with NEDA-ites Roger Dugas and Ludovic Ndaye in the Quebec system, saw 15 minutes of floor time and picked up two points and 2twoboards.

Up next for NEDA is a Girls Day Camp and Clinic in Barrie, Ont., Dec. 6. The clinic will be followed by a game against the Barrie Royals Senior Boys Club team. For details, click here.

Sam Dower gets some props in this minnesotapreps.com (http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=883867) story:
December 1, 2008
Jamboree player notes

Ryan James

The St. Thomas jamboree always gets the excitement for the season going and Saturday night several talented players opened their years with strong performances. While the regular standouts like Mike Bruesewitz and Sam Dower made their mark it was also a night for Minnesota to see what type of players guys like Jake Thomas and Jake Kreuser have become.

Sam Dower, Osseo senior. The Orioles struggled at times with the Johnson pressure but they stayed in the game because of Dower. Sam scored every which way this past Saturday night including a memorable flush in the open floor. Johnson's Jordan Pluff went up to challenge the lefty at the rim but Dower had momentum and with a thunderous left hand Sam smashed down on Pluff, 6-foot-3, and the crowd went insane.

12-03-2008, 08:56 AM
Mangisto is such a scorer. Meech will love this guy and vice-versa. Zags will need Sam early. Good stuff, ZN.

12-03-2008, 03:00 PM
Thanks ZN as usual you beat me to it!

The Grassroots team that NEDA scrimmaged with would be missing many of their top players (Tristan Thompson and Junior Cadougan to name a couple) still it is good pratice for them. Good to see Kelly playing aggressively and getting to the rim! From what I understand Kelly should be back in B.C. Now practicing with his SKSS teammates. They are ranked #2 in AAA B.C. ball, and should have a few tournaments coming up to test them. I wouldn't be surprised if Kelly cleans up this year and wins Mr Basketball for B.C. The question is if the team can get there as well. There will be more than a few eyes watching his progress.