NEW YORK - The future of Canadian basketball was on display in New York City over the weekend.
On Friday afternoon, R.J. Barrett was named MVP of the International Game at the Jordan Brand Classic, which also featured countryman Andrew Nembhard. Barrett is a freshman at Montverde (FL) Academy, where he is expected to be joined in the fall by Nembhard. The 6-foot-2 guard is currently enrolled at Vaughan Secondary School in Ontario.
Saturday morning saw Simi Shittu take over the Canadian spotlight. A teammate of Barrett at Montverde, the 6-foot-9 class of 2018 power forward made his 17-under debut on the Nike EYBL circuit at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for CIA Bounce, finishing with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting in a 76-74 loss to Team Griffin.