On Point Scouting exclusive article by Aaron Shore
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Biosteel All-Canadian event is back this year (Athlete Institute in Mono, On) and what a breath of fresh air it is.
The Biosteel Futures Game is one of my favorite events of the year. It’s where you often get a first glance at some of Canada’s most promising young prospects and get to imagine how they might look with a few more years of physical growth and skill development. Just to illustrate, the last Biosteel Futures Game in 2019 featured Shaedon Sharpe, Elijah Fisher, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, Leonard Miller, Enoch Boakye, Zaiden Cross, Ose Okojie, and several other interesting prospects. A year before that, I got my first sighting of Zach Edey at this game and came out quite intrigued, despite how raw he looked.
So how did the talent pool look like this year?
Before I dive into the game and the players, a couple of caveats.
First, for many of the guys, it’s really too early to tell at this age. I can’t really say that I saw any talents as promising as Sharpe, Fisher or Miller. But Miller is actually a good example for why we should reserve firm judgement at this stage. When he played in the Biosteel Futures Game in 2019 he was a 6’5 SF with a limited handle and an awkward shot. Similarly, this year most of the kids were 15 years old and it’s really hard to tell how they’ll develop, both physically and game-wise.
Second, the Futures game is a regional game, focusing primarily on the GTA and the rest of Ontario. Multiple top players did not partake in this year’s event. The top talent in the 2025 class, 6’7 Efeosa Oliogu, a starter on last year’s U16 Canadian National Team, was selected to play in the senior event. Two other members of last year’s U16 team – both playing south of the border – were also missing: 7’6 Olivier Rioux (IMG Academy), and 6’9 PF Char Yeiy (Blair Academy). Other interesting 2025 prospects who were not there include 6’7 PF Chris Tadjo (NBA Academy Latin America), 6’7 SF Jacob Hammond (also at IMG), 6’8 SF Spencer Ahrens (Pedsdmd Elite-who was on the initial roster but was also recovering from an injury), 6’6 SG Will Riley (Southwest Academy), and 6’5 SG Tyrus Rathan-Mayes (Langham Creek). That’s quite a group who make up the top-10 or top-15 players in this class.
Without the guys mentioned above, the game lacked significant size and some star power. Still, it was a fun and competitive game, which went to overtime following a Justus Haseley 3-pointer during the last few seconds of regulation. I was able to see several intriguing prospects, some of them for the first time.
Here are 5 guys who especially caught my eye:
Darius McGlashen (6’3 PG; Excel Hoops Prep)
Probably the guy I liked the most as a long-term prospect. An explosive PG, who can be dominant at both ends of the court (not something you often see in all-star games), he is very fluid with the ball in his hands. He likes to attack the rim and gets to the paint with ease, finishing nicely with either hand. I also really like his feel for the game and vision. A willing passer who gets teammates involved even when he’s the best talent on the team. His pull up shot also already looks advanced, though there’s still work to do in that area. McGlashen led Excel Hoops Prep to this year’s National Junior Circuit title and has great tools to continue developing and the potential to get to the highest levels.
Justus Haseley (6’2 PG; Royal Crown Academy)
Haseley is the guy who played at the highest level of competition last year, seeing significant minutes with Royal Crown Academy, one of the best high school teams in the country who were crowned National Champions after winning the Platinum Circuit Championship. This experience was evident on the court, as Haseley looked very composed and was one of the best players on the court. He is arguably also the best shooter in this age group, shooting pull-up threes with ease, good form, and excellent precision.
In addition, he’s also a good athlete and a fearless competitor, who gets to the paint, finishes well with contact, and shares the ball. Like McGlashen, I also liked that he plays good defense and does not give up on plays. As a PG, he still needs to tighten up his handle, improve his shot selection and the balance between getting his own and making sure that his teammates are involved. Altogether, I think Haseley is one of the more interesting guard prospects to continue tracking from this game.
Tunde Durodola (6’7 combo-forward; Inspire Academy Vaughan).
The player with the most impressive physical tools in this game was selected as the MVP of the winning team and led the team in scoring and rebounding. Durodola is a really long quick-twitch athlete, who moves extremely well on the court and has the physical profile of an eventual NBA player. He’s also a high-energy player, who crashes the boards (especially on offense), runs the court, and makes effort plays on both ends.
That said, the skillset is still quite raw and right now he mainly relies on opportunistic scoring and hustle plays. I thought there were some similarities (in terms of physical profile and style of play) to what Majambu Mbikay showed in the Futures Game three years ago. Hopefully, Durodola will optimize his developmental trajectory in the coming years (and with any luck, he’s also not yet done growing).
Tristan Beckford (6’4 wing; Vanguard North Prep)
A wing with good size, strength, and impressive athleticism, complimented by a burgeoning skillset. He was arguably the best player on the winning Team Black (though Durodola took home the MVP) and showed some nice potential. Beckford plays an assertive game, likes to get into the paint with a quick first step (though he’s mostly limited to straight-line drives for now), fights for rebounds, and finishes well around the rim with good balance and strength. In terms of areas for improvement, the shooting form is rather unconventional, flat-footed with a very low release. It does seem like he has a decent shooting touch though, as he made all of his free throws, as well as a couple of pull up three pointers.
Josiah Sutton (6’0 PG; Excel Hoops Prep).
Sutton is a guy that I’ve been following for several years now and I’m glad to see him coming along. He was arguably the most skilled guy in this game, sporting a fantastic handle, to go along with great body control, speed, and good strength. Sutton really has the ball on a string and can finish well in the paint with either hand. He already has some really nice hesitation and counter moves in his bag and is a pretty good shooter. He’s also a strong defender (lock down in man to man, as well as a good help defender), who disrupts plays and gets steals. Can be a bit turnover-prone at times and his long-term projection would certainly improve if he can grow a few extra inches, though I believe he was one of the older guys in the game, having already turned 16, so I’m not sure he’s going to grow much more.
A few other intriguing prospects in one or two sentences:
Matt Dann (6’10 C Pedsdmd Elite). A very raw prospect (only started playing basketball a year ago) with some intriguing physical tools, who is probably not yet done growing. A fluid big man with a projectable frame, good athleticism, and a budging skillset.
Jordan Charles (5’10 PG United Scholastic Academy). Charles rivaled Haseley as the best shooter in the game and Sutton as the most skilled player. At the moment, his slight physique, limited stature, and average athleticism may limit his long-term potential, unless he still has a significant growth spurt in him. I will mention though, that he is in the class of 2026.
Austin Goode (6’6 wing P3P Prep). Goode has some intriguing physical tools with good size and length. Showed good defensive perimeter chops Not a high flyer and still has work to do in terms of handle and shooting, but I think he’s not yet done growing and he showed good feel and nice talent.
On to the big boys!