Recruiting watch: Justus Haseley Canada’s top point guard for the Class of 2025

Justus Haseley at the All-Canadian Games March 2022. Photo by Chris McKee.

NCAA coaches need to know Justus Haseley from Royal Crown in Scarborough.

The Canadian government’s response to Covid-19 has cost so many young men and women from across Canada opportunities to follow their dreams of playing NCAA basketball.

Canada’s border’s were closed for nearly two years with all youth sports across Canada forced to come to a halt with no games being played at all in any sport. All in the name of a virus with a 99.9 percent survival rate.

However, things are slowly getting back to normal in Canada when it comes to college basketball recruiting with top coaches heading north of the border to look for the next Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins or Zach Edey that could alter the course of their program.

One player that is sure to be a top target of NCAA coaches in the Class of 2025 is Justus Haseley who is a 6-foot-3 point guard playing at Royal Crown in Scarborough, ON.

After winning the Canadian high school national championship back in March, Royal Crown sent three players to the United States including Canadian High School National Player of the Year David Simon who is suiting for the University of San Diego along with Michael Evbagharu at Siena and Hunter Harding at Central Michigan.

Haseley was the point guard leading Royal Crown to that championship and will now be expected to take on a larger role heading into the 2023-24 season, Haseley said, “Its a new role me for me, I’m starting to learn different things and I’m starting to get more comfortable with it so we’ll see as the season progresses and hopefully everyone can come together.”

Over the past two years, Haseley has been a part of the All-Canadian games at seasons end which features the top talent from across Canada which includes being named Co-MVP of the “Futures game” in March of 2022. This summer, Haseley was one of 10 Canadians selected to participate in the Basketball Without Borders Camp where he was coached by Canadian NBA¬†players Chris Boucher, Luguentz Dort and Bennedict Mathurin.

Haseley has outstanding vision on the court, finding his teammates with passes few point guards of his age can execute. He has above average speed, plays solid defence, can attack the basket and can shoot from three.

As of November 2023, Haseley would be an excellent fit at one of the higher mid-major programs perhaps playing in the A-10, WCC, Sun Belt. MVC or MAC. However, with still another two full seasons of high school and AAU eligibility, Haseley could develop into a high major talent and find himself playing in one of power conferences in college basketball.

Regardless, expect to see Haseley’s recruitment pick up over the next 12 months with many more NCAA coaches beginning to realize he is the best point guard out of Canada in the Class of 2025.