Upcoming 2013-2014 Senior Men's Basketball Season Ottawa, Canada (Best teams and players predictions)
Predictions of Ottawa's best school teams and players
Immaculata Saints:After winning the AAAA/AAA city championship last season against the St. Francis Xavier Coyotes, the Immaculata Saints will look to collect another city championship this season. With Jacques Lukusa and Ameer El-Badry leading the team, the Saints will surely be one of the best teams in the city of Ottawa.
-Jacques Lukusa: Lukusa is the Saints's best player and one of the best high school players in the city, even though he is only in grade 11. His scoring ability is unmatched, as he can shoot the 3-pointer, he can drive, and he also possesses a mid-range game, as proven by his 22 points performance in the city championship. It can be debated that the is the best scorer in the city. As a point guard, he is also a capable passer, who can set his teammates up for some easy baskets. He will be looking to have a big year while sharing the scoring load with Ameer El-Badry.
-Ameer El-Badry: El-Badry is the Saints's other option on offense. His role on the team can be seen as a Scottie Pippen to Lukusa's Michael Jordan. He is a exceptional shooter, especially when he catches and shoots the ball. He will be a nice scoring option, as he will likely score a bunch of points in a quiet manner.
St. Francis Xavier Coyotes: After losing to Immaculata in the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Coyotes will be looking to capture their first city championship in school history. Last season, they had the best defense in the city, so scoring against them will prove to be a challenge. With the trio of seniors Dini Dimpengi, Keyonn Johnson and Gisa Kayijamahe playing, it would be a huge mistake to eliminate the Coyotes from the championship contenders.
-Dini Dimpengi: Dimpengi will be the most important player for the SFX Coyotes this season. He is the definition of an all-around player, being a very good passer, defender and scorer (several games last season with 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists), as well as being one of the best rebounders in the city, and perhaps the province of Ontario. His extremely strong body frame allows him to be a threat when he penetrates into the lane. After seeing his scoring drop last year, due to the lack of touches that he got on offense (although he was a tremendous factor on the boards and on defense), Dimpengi will be looking to rebound this year and play with a vengeance to help his team capture a city championship.
-Keyonn Johnson: Johnson will be the primary scorer for the Coyotes this season. After scoring 29 points (7-16 3FG) in the city championship, he will look to be a scoring machine for this team. He is an incredibly gifted shooter, as proven in the championship game. He is also an amazing defender, as his quick hands allow him to have several steals, and his passing ability allow him to hit open teammates on the fast-break. He is also very underrated physically, as although he is only 5'11, his strength allows him to drive into the lane and score. Look for him and Dini Dimpengi to put the team on their backs and try to carry them to a championship.
Gisa Kayijamahe: Gisa will be a part of the "Big Three", along with Dimpengi and Johnson, who will help the Coyotes be championship contenders. He is a gifted passer, and will look to be one of the best passers in the city. Although his scoring ability is weaker than his passing, he can still put the ball in the net. He is also an elite defender, who can guard all five positions. After having a disappointing season last year, he will look to deliver and have a more productive one this year.
Louis Riel, West Carleton and St. Patrick will also be major contenders to the city championship this season, as they each have solid players who can lead their teams, such as West Carleton's Corey Johnson and Glenn Thelemaque, as well as St. Patrick's Stefan Vijakic. Although Mother Theresa is not a contender, their star player Eddie Ekiyor will look to dominate the league by using his 6'8 height, after missing much of last season with a broken leg. Look for him to continue being one of the best players, of his age group, of the province, after representing the U16 Team Canada in Uruguay this past june.