Tristan Martin- Basketball Player to Financial Advisor

When Tristan was on the floor every time a lane opened up or a ball got lose and he was headed out on a break-a-way, the whole gym was standing ready lose their minds. His teammate on-hand will never forget during an open run in “Jungle” Lawrence Heights Community Center, in front of Jim Calhoun, Head Coach U. Connecticut, Tristan jumped over 6’7″ Jemino Sobers and flushed a dunk with ease. The packed gym went silent with disbelief, then quiet chatter before erupting into a frenzy. Tristan Martin’s legacy would forever be crystallized from that day forward.

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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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Mckenzie Sigurdson – Journey to the Air Canada Centre

As a trainer you know not every child possess the same athletic gifts, some are blessed with quickness, some natural strength and some leaping ability. Mckenzie has many gifts but her great hand eye coordination and a natural feel for the ball in her hand separated her from her peers.

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Jerome Robinson – A Canadian Basketball Crown Jewel

Like so many of the top ballers in Malton at the time, Jerome’s family came from Jane and Finch in hopes of finding a better place to raise their children. That migration brought together an amazing talent pool of young ballers equipped with the hunger of “the hood” and filled with the passion to become great.

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West Hill C.I. – A Decade of Distinguished Gentlemen

Thank you to all the teachers and administration at West Hill for the commitment to the success of these student athletes. A culture of excellence is not by accident but by design and together we can be proud of the legacy that was created.

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Chris Kraus – 1st Men’s Canadian NCAA Basketball Head Coach

Chris could have easily become complacent in his early journey to becoming the 1st Canadian head coach of a men’s NCAA team.

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Denham Brown – Pioneer at a Price, Part 1

A year later after seeing Denham’s picture in the newspaper as a Toronto Star All-Star, wearing the Kobe’s and being guarded by Toronto Raptors Tracy McGrady, Nike Canada unloaded enough product on us to clothe a small community, not to mention the exclusive Air Jordan’s that used to mysteriously appear in my garage for him.

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Mark Stoddart – Graphic Artist Legend

From an early age he understood that people easily identified with popular logos and symbols used as trademarks. Whether it is an association like the NBA (who’s logo is the silhouette of Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West), or a company like Nike, people identify with a brand on their chest. That symbol essentially becomes a representation of their persona. To him, that was a powerful idea.

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Alice Davis “The Mad Stepper”

It’s that camaraderie that allowed Alice and the rest of the team to spearhead the fundraising initiative to pay for the backboard shattered by Tristan Martin in the 2003 All Canada Classic – Dunk Contest at the Centennial College, Scarborough ON.

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Who’s In Your Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

As leader of my organization my responsibility is to the history of our thousands of alumni. I do hope many of P.H.A.S.E. 1’s alumni will be included in Basketball Canada’s one day however until then, these stories about our Elite 1’s will hold their place in history.

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Dane Smith Mr.”We The North”

Though Smith says he was naturally talented at both sports, he remembers watching the older kids on the basketball courts around his neighborhood for months. But he built up the courage and was able to join into the games and eventually hold is own.

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History Is Your Journey

It would do no good to sit around and join in with those complaining about not being recognized or relevant anymore. Those looking at Canada Basketball’s hall of fame and keep getting upset because individuals or organization from their community are not being recognized. Or listen to the media try and convince the world the explosion of Canadian basketball started with the Toronto Raptors and Vince Carter.

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