The OSBA is the premier high school and prep basketball league in Canada. There are a number of recent graduates from the OSBA currently playing in the NBA including Jamal Murray (Denver), Thon Maker (Detroit), Ignas Brazdeikis (New York), Oshae Brissett (Toronto) and Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City) as well as dozens of players playing at the top programs in the NCAA.
Here are your end of 2019 power rankings for OSBA.
10. Southwest Academy (4-5) – When you lose the MVP of the league Kobe Elvis via transfer (to Bill Crothers), its fair to expect a drop off. They still have some legit talent in Brock Newton who leads SW with 19.5 PPG along with Ziphion Grant 16.9 PPG. They should be a top five team with their talent.
9. Thornlea (4-7) – They lost in the OSBA final last year and also lost two studs to the NCAA in Keeshawn Barthelemy (Colorado) and Cashius McNeilly (Texas A&M). They still have some elite talent and two NCAA commits in Jevonte Brown (UConn) 18.3 PPG and Ben Li (Lehigh) 23.4 PPG. They should move up the poll in 2020.
8. Crestwood Prep (4-7) – Even though they have the No.1 rated recruit in Canada for the class of 2023 Elijah Fisher, Crestwood is finding life in the OSBA much more challenging than expected from their previous league. Trevon Thomas missed a few games but with him back in the line-up they should improve heading into 2020.
7. RISE Prep (5-5) – They lost Rahmir Moore (St. Joe’s) and Miguel Tomley (Santa Clara) to the NCAA but Trent Johnson has been the main guy this year in their place with 17.1 PPG. PG Kole Scott is a beast and RISE has the talent to compete with any team in the OSBA.
6. Lincoln Prep (7-4) – They have the top scorer in the league Jefferson Koulibaly who is averaging 30.6 PPG and is an MVP candidate after transferring from Orangeville Prep. Koulibaly needs some help heading into 2020 if they are going to challenge come playoff time.
5. TRC Academy (6-3) – The back-to-back OSBA champs keep losing big-time talent to the NCAA, USports and to transfer (Lorenzo Downey to Orangeville), but it doesn’t seem to affect them in any way. They have seven or eight really nice players that can compete with any team in the OSBA and are led by Dawson John with 18.7 PPG.
4. Father Henry Carr (6-2) – They put the league on notice with a big win over Bill Crothers on December 10. They have multiple players who will play at the next level including leading scorer Caleb Johnson who is a 6-foot-7 swingman (Class of 2020) who is second in the OSBA in scoring with 25.2 PPG.
3. Central Tech (10-1) – Their starting five is as good as anybody in the OSBA but the big question come playoff time will be if their bench can contribute against the top dogs of the league. Malachi Davis is the best pure shooter in the OSBA. He has NBA three-point range and is averaging 21.1 PPG. Jamal Fuller leads Tech with 22.4 PPG and he is a beast in the paint who incites memories of former Michigan big man Robert “Tractor” Traylor.
2. Bill Crothers (9-2) – Crothers may be the best team in the OSBA. They play the most unselfish basketball in the country at the high school level. Its beautiful basketball to watch. They are led by reigning OSBA MVP Kobe Elvis (23.1 PPG) who has already committed to DePaul. Every single player on the team is dangerous and they have some really exciting youngsters including Elijah Mahi (Class of 2022) who is hitting on 50 percent from three-point range and can shoot from anywhere in the gym.
1. Orangeville Prep (7-0) – Nobody in the country has more talent than Orangeville Prep. Their ninth leading scorer on the team (Alex Nwagha) has already committed to play in the NCAA next year at James Madison. That should tell you how deep Orangeville goes. Leading scorer Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe (18.7 PPG) has NBA potential and is fielding offers from the likes of Seton Hall, Syracuse, Georgetown and dozens more. Orangeville is loaded top to bottom but the big question will be if they can finally close the deal come March after being upset in back-to-back seasons in the OSBA playoffs.