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Kalif Young On Duke Radar

By Canadian Ballers, 01/20/16, 1:30AM EST


Duke Blue Devils Brass Will Watch Orangeville vs Hill Tuesday

1997 born Kalif Young

Recruitment sweepstakes for various seniors among the 2016 Canadian class have begun to heat up.

6-9 south paw Kalif Young headlines the list. 

Young in his second season at Orangeville Prep has been rock solid as one of the few returning big man from a loaded 2014-15' Bears front court.

After playing behind 7-footer Thon Maker, his brother Matur Maker and Tennessee freshman 6-9 Kyle Alexander last season, Young was pegged for a break out year entering his senior season. So far Bears head coach Larry Blunt believes the 240 pound big man is right on track. Reflected by a visit Wednesday from the national champion Duke Blue Devils.

"He’s lost probably 15-20 pounds. In my mind he’s probably one of the two best bigs left in the world in the 16’ class… a lot of the high majors are beginning to come after him, Duke is coming up to see him vs Hill Academy,” Bears bench boss Larry Blunt told

Young brings to the table a resume second to zero for big men his age on the planet. His battle tested body of work includes; two Cadet tour of duties for Canada, a 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship, some EYBL experience, Nike Global Games, and a BioSteel All Canadian selection.

Representing Vaughan, ON Young is no stranger to representing Canadian Ballers on the big stage, Big fella has also rebounded with the best of them.

During the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championships, Young finished second on Canada for rebounding with 4.9 boards in only 14.4 minutes per game.

Last April at the 2015 BioSteel All Canadian game? A winning team high 11 rebounds to go with 5 points (2/2 FG).

How about the ultimate litmus test of the Nike EYBL? During a five game stint with CIA Bounce Young averaged 6.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Young at the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championships in Dubai.

In the low post that generous torso of his doesn’t easily budge. It's his passing ability for a big man that dazzles. Don’t be surprised if Young can toss a 70 yard spiral with a football because he can effortlessly zip a basketball the length of the court.
As reputable as Young is for his vision, feel and distribution skills, he also has an on court reputation for being unselfish to a fault. Such a willing and capable passer who too often can differ from scoring. Young’s most signature offensive outputs this season have been 17 points versus Athlete Institute minus Thon Maker and 16 points vs Balboa, CA.
If Young posts up more, most of the time its money in the bank and his coach agrees, 
“Now he’s realizing more he has to pick his spots. This team needs him to score, more importantly it showcases what he’s really capable of,” Coach Blunt offered.
Blunt whose been in the trenches with Young for the past 18 months compared him to a current junior at UNC,
“I think he’s a better athlete at running and jumping. He’s lefty too which is different but I would say a more athletic version of Kennedy Meeks.” Added Blunt.
Regarding his recruitment as expected things are beginning to pick up and so is the growing list of potential suitors, 
“Duke called and is coming to see him vs Hill Academy, Texas is flirting, he’s got Indiana really working and he already has Kansas State, Illinois, USC. Were working through visits. He’ll probably take an official visit in the next couple weeks. Just depending on what his parents and him want to do.”


2016 6-7 Eugene Omoruyi

No Jamal Murray, (Kentucky), no Jalen Poyser (UNLV), no Kyle Alexander (Tennessee) or Maker brothers but no problem for O-Prep -- At the Christmas break of the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) inaugural season only Orangeville Prep sat undefeated (6-0).

The front court has been formidable. Going to war with Kalif Young have been a pair of seniors; 6-7 Eugene Omoruyi and 6-5 Daniel Cummings. Both bring a blend of experience and intangibles to the table.

Offensively Eugene Omoruyi possesses nice length and the ability to get off the ground both quickly and effortlessly. His post-up game mostly consists of dunks, drop steps and mini hooks. His shot not there yet but improving.  

“He’s very similar to Draymond Green. He’s kind of cut from the same cloth. A three or four. Kind of a position less guy that plays hard. Shot is better then people give him credit for.” Coach Blunt chimed in. 

On the defensive side his length can be a great weapon. Omoruyi's motor some say is similar to 2017 stand out and Kansas target Abu Kigab. Both seal well and fight for position admirably. 

“I love Abu think he’s a great kid, he’s tough and knows how to play. Eugene is very similar. He has the mentality where he wants to guard the other teams best player one through five it doesn’t matter," said Blunt. "I think Eugene is a better athlete and maybe longer then Abu, but very similar in how they can really do a lot of different things."

According to Blunt, working hardest for Omoruyi have been USC and Loyola Marymount. Texas is also checking in on the Rexdale, ON native.

2016 6-5 Daniel Cummings

Former Team Canada cadet 6-5 F Daniel Cummings brings immediate big game experience to the Bears. After spending last season travelling a national schedule with St. Benedict, NJ. Cummings returned to Canada last fall for his senior season. A leader in the locker room Cummings has also become a heart beat for Orangeville.
He’s made the most three’s on our team and shoots the highest percentage. He really can shoot the basketball and I think thats where it begins. Tough glue guy thats going to be all over the floor. When you look at winning teams he can be that guy. I think he can be a three because he can both stretch the floor and put it on the deck. He can guard one through four. Also really deceptive athlete, can play above the rim and even windmill it,” Coach Blunt said about Cummings.
Cummings played 16 Nike EYBL games for CIA Bounce and averaged 6.2 points (42% FG, 44% 3PT FG) and 3.0 rebounds per gam. His EYBL high 18 points came against Southern Stampede on 7-for-10 shooting including 4-for-5 from deep.

Cummings holds an offer from Charleston Southern and has garnered strong interest from a Horizon Valley Conference program. 

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