Canada’s next potential basketball phenom Elijah Fisher steals show at Nike challenge

Oshawa native, 14, is drawing major interest from around the game

Elijah Fisher wins MVP for Team Black in a 126-104 win in the Nike Futures game. The Crestwood Prep product lifts the trophy along side his coaches including Ro Russell his coach at Crestwood Prep.  MARCUS REBELO PHOTO

Beginning with Andrew Wiggins, R.J Barrett, and now perhaps Elijah Fisher, Canada seems to be producing exceptional talent in basketball.

One of those stars will be Fisher, who turned heads over two days at the future stars portion of the BioSteel All Canadian weekend showcase,  one that culminated on Sunday with the main events. Those feature the best 24 high school aged Canadian players in North America.

Fisher finished with 27 points, including 18 in the second half, to claim MVP for Team Black, leading them to a 126-104 win over Team Grey in the Nike Boys Futures Game.

The 14 year-old who attends Crestwood Prep in Toronto is regarded as one of the best eighth-graders in the world and projects to be the top prospect that will graduate in the class of 2023.

During the event, the Oshawa native took plenty of shots and continuously drove the lane despite not having early success.

It was in the second half that Fisher really began to find himself. He took the ball in transition, used his speed, drove the lane and slammed the ball overtop of a defender, causing the crowded Athlete Institute gym in Mono, Ont., to erupt; the play that has gone viral over all social media platforms.

Jahcobi Neath joined in on the high-flying action winning the Slam Dunk Competition with a variety of exceptional dunks that included a leap over former NBA player and Brampton native Tyler Ennis that sent spectators into a frenzy.

Jahcobi Neath leaps over former NBA player and Brampton Native Tyler Ennis to get a perfect score of 30 from all three judges including Ennis.  (MARCUS REBELO PHOTO)

Neath has committed to Wake Forest where he’ll be a student-athlete this coming fall.

Not only were the talents of these prospects displayed through their ability to fly through the air, but their shot making ability was unveiled as well.

Miguel Tomley, who has committed to the University of Santa Clara for 2019, won the Sport Chek 3-Point Shootout with a final round score of 17 out of a possible 24.

BioSteel’s All Canadian weekend kicked off Friday night as Cheyenne Rowe of Team Grey and Emma Koabel of Team Black were named MVPs of the Nike All Canadian Girls Futures Game where Team Grey notched an 87-77 win.

It will conclude with the livestream of the inaugural All Canadian Girls game on and TSN, which will later air following the live presentation of the All Canadian Boys game on the network.

There was once a time where Canadian NBA talent was defined by one player, Steve Nash, and now the abundance of skill in the country is on full display with Fisher, potentially Canada’s next great one.

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Posted: Mar 31 2019 7:16 pm
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