2014 Guy Vetrie tournament happening this weekendFriday, February 07, 2014 by: SooToday.com Staff
GUY VETRIE MEMORIAL BASKETBALL
The 2014 Guy Vetrie Memorial Junior and Senior Boys Basketball tournament commenced Thursday and will continue until Saturday.
With a total of 24 teams competing in the 3 day event, the city will have the opportunity to see teams from across the province, as well as a prep team from North Carolina.
Stillwater Prep (2013 Senior Champions) will take to the hardwood looking to repeat as tournament champions.
It won’t be an easy task though, as there will be 15 other senior teams looking to have their say, including Bill Crother’s and Clarkson.
Bill Crothers is a public high school that offers a High Performance Athlete program.
Their high school team does not compete in OFSAA, rather travels to U.S and Canadian tournaments throughout the year.
They feature some key prospects including 6’2 guard Trae Bell Haynes (interest from Harvard, Creighton, Boise St. Siena), 6’1 point guard Rashawn Browne (interest from St. Bonaventure, New Mexico, Monmouth), 6’4 wing Gavin Pearce, 6’3 Elijah Green (interest from American University and Idaho St.), and 6’7 wing Deandre Bernard.
Clarkson (Mississauga) is a high school that features 6’6 wing Lous Diankulu, a 5’11 point in Vonte Moncrieffe, and a 7 footer in Eton Christie.
They have beaten some high level prep teams including Spire Institute from Ohio, and have been tournament champions in New Jersey.
Defending champion Stillwater Prep feature an array of guard talent, combined with size in 6’5 Santavious Hill, and 6’8 Jerome Mitchell.
The tournament also features teams from London, Chatham, Sudbury, Elliot Lake, and Sarnia.
And let’s not count our local’s out.
St. Basil and Korah have played with some of the best teams in the province, and have earned the respect of being two of the top teams in the North.
In addition, White Pines and St. Mary’s will be participating and looking to sharpen their skills leading up to the league playoffs.
All in all if you are looking for something to do this weekend, it will be worthwhile to hit up a local high school gym, with games at Korah, St. Basil, St. Mary’s, White Pines, as well as Sault College.
The Guy Vetrie Tournament also features an 8 team junior division with teams from Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.
Last year’s champions in junior, the Superior Heights Steelhawks were crowned inaugural champions, and will look to repeat in 2014.
Games began at 4 p.m. on Thursday, and the tournament will conclude with the championships slated for Korah Collegiate on Saturday.
The junior championship will tip off at 5 p.m. Saturday, and the senior championship will follow at 7 p.m.
New this year: We are excited to announce that North Pole hoops (Toronto based scouting and talent identification service) will be live on site to identify some Northern talent and follow the tournament all weekend.
Admission to each game is $3, or you can purchase a tournament pass for $15, which will get you into all games, including the championships.