Father Henry Carr to Findlay Prep
TORONTO – No secret nowadays that a pipeline exists between powerhouse programs on both sides of the border. For a second straight year Father Henry Carr (Toronto, ON) will outsource its elite basketball talent to the Findlay Prep Pilots (Las Vegas, NV).
Last year was 6’4″ Class of 2015 G Jalen Poyser transitioning from Canadian powerhouse Father Henry Carr to Findlay Prep.
Poyser spoke publically this past weekend about his winter getting acclimated in America, his experience on the court in Henderson, Nevada & his gave us his own personal recruitment update. Including news of a offer from Wake Forest to play under former Denver Nuggets head coach Jeff Bzdelik. Also mentioned a few 2016 Canadians on the Pilots radar.
Father Henry Carr head coach Paul Melnik when asked about Poyser the player explained “As a youngster he had that adolescent training, not only skills development but also attitude and basketball IQ”
Poyser in 2012-2013 started 10 games for Findlay who compiled a 35-1 record with a national schedule second to none. His sharpshooting and finishing also helped CIA Bounce 16U’s take care of business on the 2013 AAU circuit. Poyser was influential on a semi final finish at the NIKE EYBL Sweet Sixteen tourney at Peach Jam & also the clubs silver finish at the Live in Atlantic City showcase.
No stranger to high caliber competition, Jalen has always had a knack for being effective in games. And frankly, has been an integral player on championship teams at all levels; elementary, club, high school, provincial teams and AAU. Known as a proven player with a knack for scoring and gifted athleticism keep an eye on the young man from Toronto.
Enter 6’5″ class of 2015 SF Dillon Brooks. Another key component to the success of CIA Bounce 16U’s. Also another alumni of Father Henry Carr. Brooks arrives on campus in Nevada fresh off a 38-2 campaign last year with FHC. With a reputation as a top notch student-athlete the FHC Coach Melynyk said it best “happy to have witnessed his growth as a citizen, student and basketball player.”
On top of developing Dillon Brooks from boy to man, FHC Coach also added “He was Henry Carr’s most valuable player in a definitive “team”. Jalen and Dillon with the collection of hard working student-athletes at FHC would have been an intimidating high school team.” No doubt. Now the folks in Henderson, Nevada will see for themselves.
From Dillon, they can expect fundamental sound play with a mixture of “jump out of your seat” athleticism. Brooks like Poyser from Mississauga, Ontario will compete every second. Energy, intensity, offense, defense, and ton of emotion…that’s the winner that Dillon is and Findlay receive.
Poyser spent training camp with FHC before leaving for Findlay in early September 2012. Both will toss it up for Findlay prep despite a coaching vacancy as of August 1st.
Reports have surfaced that the Pilots will keep their coaching vacancy in house. Names gaining weight as a decision nears are Jerome Williams and all assistants on the staff. Despite uncertainty around the head coach, CIA Bounce co-founder and 16U coach Tony McIntyre’s thoughts on Findlay Preps program still remain the same “Great school great coaches and a storied HS basketball program. Results oriented and prepare players for the next level” McIntyre told SNY
As for the 16U CIA Bounce squad who as mentioned earlier made deep runs in Augusta & Atlantic City, the program co founder also says not to worry heading in to 2014 “we plan on making a lot of noise and making up for a down year” his comments reflect the measuring stick former program alumni’s Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins and incoming Syracuse PG Tyler Ennis have set the bar to. America you have been warned. Let it be known CIA Bounce have every intention to build on semi finals and championship appearances in 2013 and turning those experiences into championships in 2014.