NCAA Dreams from North of the Border

Things were very different for a young Canadian baller trying to get to the NCAA in the 80’s and early 90’s. This was just before things began to erupt into what we see today. The path to the NCAA dream did not come with the proven roadmap that exists now and hoards of successful basketball peers to guide the way.

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Cordell “Bobby” Llewellyn – Canadian Basketball Gladiator – Part 1

Bobby defined our era of basketball. How we were taught to play by our peers, dictated by the tough, no- blood-no-foul style being played in the NBA. It was a time of psychological and physical basketball warfare.

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Black History – 20th Anniversary of Canada’s 1st National High School All Star Basketball Event

The All Canada Classic (a.k.a. the Rumble in the T-Dot) National High School All-Star Basketball Celebration run by P.H.A.S.E. 1 still stands as Canada’s 1st and longest run national high school all-star game. From 2001-2012, the All Canada Classic consistently featured the biggest names in Canadian boy’s and girl’s high school basketball under the same roof

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Part 4 – The Implosion Before the Explosion of Canadian Basketball

The team representing Canada was made up of players from Jane & Finch, Rexdale, Regent Park and Jungle as well as a few ballers from Markham and Southern Ontario. These fearless warriors, who had never been further than the east coast of North America, battled for Canada winning the silver medal. They defeated both the Argentinian and Polish National Teams before losing a close battle to a U.S.A. Jr. National Team lead by Carmelo Anthony, Sheldon Williams, Juwad Williams and 4 other high school All Americans.

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Part 2 – The Implosion Before the Explosion of Canadian Basketball

The original Canadian AAU basketball founders and alumni have since been responsible for constructing a clear pipeline for Canadian basketball talent to flood into the United States prep, college and professional ranks. Resulting in over a billion dollars flowing directly back to Canadian families and communities.

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