(Orangeville, On) This year’s BioSteel All-Canadian Games launched the inaugural Nike Next Ones Up regional game to separately feature some of the top Canadian high school basketball players in the 11th grade.
There were 20 girls and 22 boys selected to participate in the inaugural game. These young players in the Class of 2024/25 represent the future leaders of their respective teams for the next scholastic season, and likely have a future representing Canada on the international stage for several years to come.
Top prospect Spencer Ahrens did not play for Team Black due to injury. His return to the court is imminent per PEDSDMD Elite staff.
GIRLS NEXT ONES UP GAME
Team White Roster
|1||Anastasija Veljovic||6’0||King’s Christian Collegiate|
|2||Aniya Rowe||5’7||Royal Crown|
|3||Avery Miller||6’0||Orangeville District Secondary|
|4||Brooke Hussey||5’9||Father John Redmond|
|6||Taeya Steinauer||5’10||Lincoln Prep|
|7||Taylor Williams||5’8||Crestwood Prep|
|8||Mack Marenchin||6’2||Southwest Academy|
|9||Nyadieng Yiech||6’2||Cairine Wilson Secondary|
|10||Stella Sgro||5’11||Southwest Academy|
|11||Alex-Anne Bessette||6’1||Cairine Wilson Secondary|
Team Black Roster
|0||Lena Stinebrickner||5’7||Southwest Academy|
|1||Chloe Collin||6’0||Humberview Secondary|
|2||Jasmine Bascoe||5’6||King’s Christian Collegiate|
|3||Kamora Morgan||6’0||Fort Erie International Academy|
|6||Seyyane Matthew||5’11||King’s Christian Collegiate|
|8||Nia Chima||6’2||Crestwood Prep|
|9||Olivia Leung||5’10||Crestwood Prep|
|10||Sarah Hurley||6’0||Lincoln Prep|
After a back and forth first half, Team Black and their MVP Jasmine Bascoe took over in the second to win 87-72 in the first BioSteel Next Ones Up game. The 5’6” guard out of King’s Christian Collegiate put the game to bed with a series of consecutive winning plays, including a couple of layups, three assists and a steal in the closing minutes. With Team White also struggling with turnovers in the second half, Team Black took full advantage and outscored them 42-30 in the period.
Bascoe is the complete package. She’s a confident shot maker from range, gets to the cup with ease, and loves pushing the pace with her heads up playmaking. Although a smaller player, her persistence and toughness make her a plus defender. King’s Christian should be highly formidable next season with Bascoe leading the squad. She finished Friday night’s game at the Athlete Institute in Orangeville with a game-high 22 points.
King’s Christian also had Anastasija Veljovic and Seyyane Matthew in the game, making them one of three schools (Crestwood Prep and Southwest Academy) who had three players in the Girls Next Ones Up game.
BioSteel Futures Girls Team White MVP #10 Stella Sgro 12pts & Team Black MVP #2 Jasmine Bascoe 22pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)
Team White’s MVP was Southwest Academy’s 5’11 guard Stella Sgro who scored 12 points. Along with having an efficient jumper, Sgro has great size and strength for her position to battle larger forwards on the boards for offensive rebounds. She had two putback layups in the game. And like Bascoe, she isn’t afraid to throw pitch-ahead passes the length of the court to create easy opportunities for her teammates.
The other standouts were Royal Crown’s Aniya Rowe who had 11 points for Team White. FEIA’s Kamora Morgan had 12 points for Team Black, most notably going six-of-six from the line.
BOYS NEXT ONES UP GAME
Team White Roster
|0||Denzel Domisseck||6’1||Crestwood Prep|
|1||Timothy Lewis-Jeremiah||5’9||Selwyn House|
|2||Griffin Collinson||6’4||Orangeville Prep|
|3||Bashir Ngala||6’3||Fort Erie International Academy|
|4||Austin Goode||6’6||Royal Crown|
|5||Andrew Urosevic||6’3||Ridley College|
|6||Efeosa Oliogu||6’6||United Scholastic|
|7||Owen Kenney||6’7||Orangeville Prep|
|9||Char Yeiy||6’9||Fort Erie International Academy|
|10||Saad Chaudhry||6’9||Hodan Prep|
|11||Spencer Ahrens (DNP)||6’9||PEDSDMD Elite|
Team Black Roster
|0||Justus Haseley||6’1||Royal Crown|
|1||Kaleel Sutton-White||5’11||École Secondaire Saint-Laurent|
|2||Torian Lee||6’5||Semiahmoo Secondary|
|3||Christopher Kumu||6’3||Fort Erie International Academy|
|4||Adriel Nyorha||6’4||Canada Topflight Academy|
|5||Josiah Roberts||6’3||Excel Hoops Prep|
|6||Christophe Tshibola||6’3||École Secondaire de Rochebelle|
|8||Tristan Beckford||6’5||Hodan Prep|
|10||Babatunde Durodola||6’7||Inspire Academy|
|11||Malcolm Tyler||6’11||Orangeville Prep|
|12||Marial Akuentok||6’10||Fort Erie International Academy|
The Boys Next Ones Up game went down to the wire as Team White played from behind for the vast majority of the game, only to rob Team Black of victory in the clutch.
Team White started off slowly, falling behind 25-8 early due to some poor shot making and low-effort defence (as is typical of any All-Star game). They never led until Team White MVP Andrew Urosevic made his fourth 3-pointer in the final two minutes of the game. Team White dominated Team Black the rest of the way for a convincing 104-97 win.
BioSteel Next Ones Up Boys Team White MVP #5 Andrew Urosevic 27pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)
Urosevic, a 6’3 shooting guard out of Ridley College, was an unstoppable force in the second half. He had 20 points and finished the game with 27 in total and five triples. He’s a sharpshooter who loves the corners and stretches defences way out. He uses that space well whenever he’s run off the line, attacking closeouts for easy layups and even flashing a bit of his floater game on Friday night.
BioSteel Next Ones Up Boys Team Black MVP #8 Tristan Beckford 18pts (Photo courtesy Fifis Visuals)
Tristan Beckford of Hodan Prep was named Team Black MVP. The 6’5” high-flying forward is the typical long and versatile wing that’s recently become in vogue in the NBA. He can block shots, dunk, grab rebounds, and has a great first step that makes him a constant downhill threat. He had 18 points, including a major poster that brought the crowd to their feet in the first half.
The highly lauded and walking highlight reel, Efeosa Oliogu of United Scholastic Academy, scored 19 points for Team White and made a couple of jaw-dropping dunks in the game. FEIA’s Christopher Kumu of Team Black had 18 points and was certainly in the running for Team Black MVP. Kumu’s teammate Marial Akuentok scored 14 points for Team Black while demonstrating a defensive prowess that arguably tops his class.
FEIA had more players in the game than any other school with a total of four. Orangeville Prep had three.