By Matt Agnoli, May 12, 2019
After stopping by an open gym at the International Sports Academy in Willoughby, Ohio, Rutgers extended a scholarship offer to Top 100 2021 forward Charles Bediako. The 6-foot-11 big man out of Brampton, Ontario plays under Dave Briski, the high school coach of current Rutgers guard Caleb McConnell.
While the offer went out to him several days ago at open gym, Bediako laughed and said he didn’t find out about it until Briski called him in between games on Saturday.
“Honestly, it’s a blessing to have received another offer (from Rutgers),” Bediako told Scarlet Nation. “Not many kids get that opportunity so to hear that is just motivation to work harder. Coach (Steve) Pikiell is a great guy and I know that the Rutgers program has a good history with basketball.”
Pikiell also has a history of recruiting and developing recruits who played under Briski. McConnell was lightly recruited by high majors at Spire Institute last year, but he’s developed into a promising player and potential steal in the 2018 class.
On Pikiell’s message after workouts, Bediako said, “We had a quick one-on-one talk (at open gym) and his message for me was basically to keep working hard,” Bediako said. “He likes my play style, he likes the way I run the floor, and how I’m a defensive presence in the paint. I’d say they started recruiting me since about late March and I’d be interested in visiting sometime in the future.”
Bediako figures to be the next attractive recruit out of Canada and more offers will likely follow, adding to prior ones from Illinois, Virginia Tech and the Scarlet Knights.
Bediako also posted three consecutive double-doubles, including an 11-point, 20-rebound, seven-block performance while playing for U-Play Canada this weekend at the Nike EYBL in Indianapolis.
As for his goals this summer, Bediako would like to help his U-Play Canada team take home the Nike Peach Jam championship in July, and further down the road, he hopes to make it to the NBA like many of his fellow Canadians.
Bediako also received an invite to try out for the U19 World Canada Team this summer. Last year, he was the youngest member on the U18 team, which included his older brother, Jaden Bediako, a Santa Clara commit.
It’s a long way before a college decision for Bediako, but he does have an idea of what he’ll be looking for in a school.
“When it’s time, I’ll be looking for a school that fits my playing style and is a place where l can grow and develop a good relationship with my coach.”
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By Corey Evans • BasketballRecruiting.Rivals.com @coreyevans_10
February 21, 2019
CHARLOTTE – Ranked No. 115 in the Rivals150,
Keon Ambrose-Hylton is already an acclaimed prospect in the 2020 class, but he took things to another level over the weekend at the prestigious Basketball Without Borders Global Camp.
“First coming here and seeing Addison (Patterson), Keeshawn (Barthelemy), and Cashius (McNeilly), it was great to see all of my teammates from Canada but to also play all of these new players that I had played against in the past,” he said. “To compete against others from places like Australia and China but also to get some advice from the coaches that I never would have thought of, it really helped me with my basketball.”
6'8" | 185 LBS | SF
International Sports Academy at Andrews Osborne
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Illinois: “It was great to get that offer from them. I woke up and I l
ooked at my phone and I saw a group text with me and Charles Bediako and it just said we just received an offer from Illinois. It was a great feeling because of all of the hardwork and dedication I have given is starting to pay off. I have been talking to them for the past three months and we text back and forth, talking about all of my skills and the campus there and I just hope I can visit there soon.”
Ohio State: “They are talking a lot to me. I think that I went to their campus three times now. Two for basketball games and one for a football game but yeah, the campus is beautiful and they are just talking to me about my ball skills and how I could play the four but also play all of the other positions on offense and on defense. They just love how I pick up my teammates with my energy off of the bench. They are looking forward to watching me and seeing me more.”
Tennessee: “I will be going to their game against Kentucky next month. I cannot wait for that and to see their campus. I am really excited for that. They have been telling me a lot and just saying that they really love my game and the way that I play in transition and with how I can play all of the positions. The last time that they saw me play, they said that I am a younger version of CJ Walkerwith how I am very versatile and can use my length to my advantage.”
Vanderbilt: “They are a really great program. Last year, whenever I was at Hamilton Heights, we watched Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) whenever he played Vanderbilt and it was just a great game. Vanderbilt gave a lot of effort and a lot of energy and they almost won it. To go back there would be a very nice trip for me and I just hope that I could get that offer.”
Ambrose-Hylton stood out from the onset of his time at the BWB Global Camp with his energy and defensive versatility, facets of his game that he prides himself on.
“I definitely just try and impact my team on defense because I think that I can defend the one through five but also in transition defensive I can help out, too,” he said. “I can get boards but offensively, I move the ball around, I think that I am really good at corner 3s and catch-and-shoot 3s, and just doing all of the small things for my team.”
Expect many others to jump into the recruitment of the Canadian standout in the coming months but, in the meantime, he is hoping to take a few more unofficial visits.
“I will visit Tennessee and Ohio State, I go there frequently a lot, so I will probably go there again, and maybe Dayton,” Ambrose-Hylton said. “Mainly the ones that are close to me because my season is still going on and we have a lot of games, but definitely in the summer, I hope to see a lot of other places.”
The plan remains for Ambrose-Hylton to hit the Nike EYBL circuit this spring with the UPlay Canada program but there is a chance that he could reclassify and be found on a college playing floor next winter.
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I have to look at it in the future because I have gotten a few calls from coaches as to if I were to reclassify into the 2019 class that they would love to have me but I don’t know yet and need to think if I would be ready for college emotionally and physically.”
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By Matt Goul, cleveland.com
on November 26, 2018 5:05 AM, updated November 26, 2018 9:27 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Whether or not the area is ready for basketball academies, they are here.
The season begins Friday for most traditional high school teams, but three teams have a considerable head start. SPIRE, the International Sports Academy at Andrews Osborne and Western Reserve Academy are not traditional high schools. They are already playing prep teams and around the country.
Former SPIRE coach Dave Briski, who is in his first year at ISA, said in October he is not sure Ohio — not just the northeast portion of the state — has fully grasped the concept.
"I think it's going to learn very quickly what it is," Briski said.
His former program might have provided a shock to the area's system. Already with two of the top recruits in the Class of 2019 and 2020, SPIRE has brought in LaMelo Ball and will play a handful of area high school teams.
That includes area powers Garfield Heights on Nov. 29 and defending Division II state champion St. Vincent-St. Mary.
These three teams are not members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, but they are playing traditional high schools that are OHSAA members. Here is a look at all three.
International Sports Academy at Andrews Osborne
Coach: Dave Briski (first season)
2017-18 record: N/A
In the rotation: Keon Ambrose (6-6, Jr., F), Kordell Charles (6-7, So., F), Charles Bediako (6-9, So., C), Jaden Clayton (5-11, Fr., PG), Cole Earley (6-1, G, Jr.,), Ben Kelly (6-2, G, Sr.), Arman Saldirdak (5-10, So., G).
Outlook: ISA is based at Andrews Osborne, but don't confuse it with the traditional high school team that is entering its first season as an OHSAA member. This team, put together by Briski, is led by a Canadian quartet of Ambrose, Charles, Bediako and Clayton. They are receiving Division I college interest and will see a handful of area programs. ISA will play at Brush on Jan. 27 as part of the Chet Mason Invitational. A week earlier, ISA is one of six area programs that will compete in Dayton for the annual Flyin' to the Hoop showcase. ISA will play Bella Vista Prep of Arizona on Sunday, Jan. 20, sandwiched between evening matchups for Brush and Garfield Heights.