10 players to watch in the OSBA in 2020

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The Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) is the premier high school and prep league in all of Canada. The OSBA now features a number of recent graduates playing in the NBA including Thon Maker, Ignas Brazdeikis, Luguentz Dort, Oshae Brissett and more to follow. There are also dozens of recent grads currently playing for some of the biggest programs in the NCAA in both the men’s and women’s game.

When I wrote my list last year of 10 players to watch in the OSBA, six of those 10 have gone on to play in the NCAA with the other four now back in the OSBA.

Here is the 2020 list of 10 players to watch in the OSBA.

Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe 6’7 G/F Orangeville Prep – Class of 2020.

Moncrieffe is the most physically gifted player in Canada for the Class of 2020. He is fielding offers from some of the biggest schools in the NCAA including Syracuse, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Oklahoma State etc. At least once every game, Moncrieffe does something on the court that makes you shake your head in disbelief. He is a special talent and his coaches feel he has NBA potential. At this time next year, you’ll be watching him on CBS, ESPN or Fox.

Jefferson Koulibaly 6’4 G Lincoln Prep – Class of 2021.

You have to love a player who bets on himself. Koulibaly left the Orangeville Prep program to move to lesser known Lincoln Prep this year but it has turned out for the better. Koulibaly is a throw back in that he’s the kind of guy whose game would’ve suited Rucker Park in the 70’s or 80’s. Whatever adjective you want to use for him it applies; a baller, a bucket etc. He can flat out score against anyone and anywhere. He leads the OSBA with 31.1 points per game. NCAA coaches are sleeping on this guy.

Elijah Fisher 6’6 G Crestwood Prep – Class of 2023.

Fisher is widely regarded as the No.1 rated prospect in Canada for the class of 2023. He is a phenom that has already been featured by major media outlets across North American including USA Today, TSN, Sportsnet, CBC, Vice etc. Fisher is a true artist on the floor and is simply unstoppable one-on-one (even though he is playing against guys three or four years older than him). During 2019 Bio Steel weekend, I asked an NBA scout why he had flown to Canada and his response was, “I’m here to see Elijah Fisher.”

Coleman Stucke 6’7 G/F Orangeville Prep – Class of 2020.

Stucke made the list last year and has only improved further since he was at Kings Christian. He had several NCAA offers but has already committed to play for Northeastern University in Boston next year. Northeastern is getting an elite shooter from range with exceptional ball-handling ability and a very high basketball IQ. Stucke has All-Conference potential at the next level and has the ability to work his way into the fold for the Canadian Men’s National team at some point in the future.

Jamal Fuller 6’4 G/F Central Tech – Class of 2020.

Fuller just announced his commitment this week to play at Hill College in Texas. When you walk into the gym, Fuller is not the kind of player people stop and say,”Who is that guy?” However, Fuller is the type of guy that scores in bunches and will have you leaving the gym saying, “Damn; who was that guy?” He’s currently fifth in the OSBA in scoring with 23.8 points per game (including 38 vs Henry Carr). Fuller reminds me of former Michigan star Robert “Tractor” Traylor and its exciting to see him getting an opportunity at a good Juco program.

Kobe Elvis 6’2 G Bill Crothers S.S – Class of 2020

Elvis has already committed to play next year at DePaul University. He is an exceptional athlete with an explosive first step that allows him to blow past defenders with ease. He is also an exceptional ball handler and can shoot from range but his most important attribute is that he gets his teammates involved and makes everybody on the floor a better player. He is seventh in the league in scoring with 23.1 points per game as well as third in assists with 5.1. Elvis should be an immediate impact player for DePaul and could develop into a legit pro prospect in years to come.

Andrew Robinson 6’5 F Excel Hoops – Class of 2021.

The secret is starting to get out about Robinson; the guy is a player. Robinson plays much longer than his 6’5 frame and he is exceptionally athletic as well. Not only can he score, (19.9 points per game) he is also willing to do all of the little things on the floor to win. He has 8.2 rebounds per game along with two steals. He can shoot from range and can also put the ball on the floor and attack the basket with authority. Watch out for this guy over the next year or two, he is going to make you take notice.

Shemar Rathan-Mayes 5’11 G Orangeville Prep – Class of 2020.

Rathan-Mayes is the smartest player on the court in the league if not the country for the class of 2020. He plays with the same poise and professionalism as a 10 year-NBA veteran. He is of course the younger brother of Xavier who starred at Florida State and has played in the NBA with Memphis. Rathan-Mayes leads the league in assists per game with 6.3 ahead of Koulibaly (5.8) and Elvis (5.1). He is the leader on and off the court for the best team in the country but still isn’t getting the same type of attention from NCAA coaches as his teammates which is puzzling. Wherever he lands up in the NCAA, he’ll be an All-Conference guard at some point in his career.

Malachi Davis 6’3 G Central Tech – Class of 2020.

Davis is the best pure shooter in the league. He is in the top 10 in scoring with 21 points per game and he can shoot with accuracy just about anywhere inside the opponents half of the court. He has legit NBA range from behind the arc. He can also attack the basket and has a bag of tricks to his game that allows him to score at will. Davis has his Central Tech squad at 12-2 on the season and a legitimate title contender come March.

Caleb Johnson 6’7 F Father Henry Carr – Class of 2020.

Johnson is another one of those guys who bet on himself and moved to the Toronto area from Nova Scotia. He is second in the league in scoring with 24.5 points per game as well as top 10 in rebounds with 9.8 per game. His coaches say that he has incredible body control and an uncanny ability to finish tough, off-balance layups. He is similar to Rathan-Mayes in that he too has an older brother (Chris) who played in the NCAA with St. Bonaventure as well as professionally and he also has an excellent on court IQ coming from a basketball family. Johnson has his Henry Carr team at 10-3 and also in contention to win the OSBA.

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Chris McKee is a Toronto based broadcaster and writer. Chris does play-by-play for CBC Sports and TSN radio with the CEBL as well as doing PBP for One Volleyball, OSBA and Orangeville Prep which is the premier high school program in Canada. He also works for Golf Talk Canada as the Social Manager and writer as well as being a traffic reporter for TSN 1050, News Talk 1010 and Jewel 88.5. Prior to working in sports, he was an award winning music agent and concert promoter for 20 years having produced tours for the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, The Roots and many more. Author of the book "Life on the road with the Wu-Tang Clan."

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