In May 2015, Ontario Basketball formed a partnership with Pretty River Sports & Entertainment to launch the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). The league is part of an overall shift in Ontario high school-aged basketball competition.
The vision of OSBA is to identify, develop, and support targeted Ontario basketball teams and, in turn, athletes to achieve the goals of developing Ontario athletes for post-secondary, national and international competition. In addition, this elite league helps increase the number and quality of Ontario athletes competing in the province at the Train to Compete stage of the Long-Term Athlete Development model.
Ultimately, the goal of the league is to provide elite-level competition and exposure to premier high school basketball programs and to ultimately raise the entire basketball environment in Ontario and Canada.
In addition to partnering with sport schools or academies not currently served by Ontario Basketball, OSBA provides proper periodized training, development and competition models for high performance athletes. OSBA also focuses on providing coaches with additional education and NCCP professional development, while increasing athletes’ exposure to talent identifiers from Canada Basketball, CCAA, CIS and NCAA.
For more information, visit www.ontariosba.ca.
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Height: 2.16 m
Wingspan: 7’1″ (2.16 m)
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NBA draft: 2016, Milwaukee Bucks (Round: 1 / Pick: 10)
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NBA draft: 2019, Sacramento Kings (Round: 2 / Pick: 17)
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