As the NCAA season draws to a close this coming Monday night, focus will immediately shift to the next generation of graduating high school and prep talent initially via the plethora of post-season all-star events. One such event occurs next Monday, April 11th at the U of T Goldring Center in Toronto as the Biosteel All-Canadian game takes place.
The game will feature the top Canadian high schoolers and two CIS mentors have been selected to coach the two 12-player rosters as McGill’s David DeAveiro and uOttawa’s James Derouin will lead the groups in the 2nd annual game a week from Monday. Both DeAveiro and Derouin will lead Canada’s entry at this summer’s 2016 FIBA World U17 championships in Spain.
In addition, Carleton Ravens Head Coach Dave Smart is part of the 10 person committee that selects the players for this game.
Another CIS player alumnus, Vaughan high school’s Gus Gymnopoulos, will join Derouin as an Assistant Coach. Gymnopoulos was a star guard with the Concordia Stingers in the mid 1990’s and has built Vaughan into a high school power house with numerous CIS and NCAA alumni – most notably as the high school coach of Andrew Wiggins. As well, Toronto Henry Carr Head Coach and former Runnymede C.I. Assistant (during their long glory days) Paul Melnik was named as DeAveiro’s assistant.
The game will be shown live on TSN nationally.
Here is the official announcement from Canada Basketball.