TORONTO -- NBA scouts gathered in the greater Toronto area to evaluate the top young prospects in Canada this past weekend at the fourth-annual Biosteel All-Canadian game. Twenty-four of 30 NBA teams were credentialed to the game, with close to 10 scouting the practices, scrimmages and futures game at Athlete Institute an hour outside of Toronto.
The Biosteel alumni list is strong, with NBA youngsters Jamal Murray and Thon Maker having played in the 2015 game. While not in the same breath as the Nike Hoop Summit, McDonald’s All-American game or Jordan Brand Classic, the Biosteel game continues to churn out intriguing prospects from Canadian basketball, which is gaining steam on a global scale.
Some of the elite-level prospects, such as R.J. Barrett, weren’t able to attend because of Nike Hoop Summit and the rise of the Signature All-Canadian Showcase, but there were still at least a handful of players who project as long-term NBA prospects.