Tuff back from na­tional team ID camp

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - SPORTS -

High schooler Nick Tuff of St. John’s just re­turned from Canada Bas­ket­ball’s un­der17 and un­der-18 na­tional men’s team Eastern As­sess­ment Camp last week­end in Toronto.

Tuff is a 6-8, 16-year-old Grade 12 stu­dent at Water­ford Val­ley high. He at­tended an Open ID camp, and was one of 64 play­ers se­lected to move on to the As­sess­ment Camp, which at­tracted some of the coun­try’s top U20 tal­ent. Among those was R.J. Bar­rett, the MVP of the world U19 cham­pi­onship, which Canada won last sum­mer. Bar­rett, who at­tends school in Florida, is one of the top col­lege prospects in the United States.

The as­sess­ment camp was an op­por­tu­nity for staff to eval­u­ate play­ers ahead of next year’s FIBA U18 Amer­i­cas Cham­pi­onship and FIBA U17 Bas­ket­ball World Cup. Tuff, a mem­ber of the prov­ince’s Canada Games team last sum­mer, is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the game. He only joined the Games team pro­gram last Jan­uary, and prior to last sea­son had never played bas­ket­ball be­yond the ju­nior high level.

His first stint with a New­found­land and Labrador pro­vin­cial team or all-star squad came in the sum­mer of 2016 at the na­tional U17 cham­pi­onship in Win­nipeg.

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