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2010 AAU Spotlight: Brookwood Elite
By: Barry Hayes
Kenny Fred Chery
Kenny Fred Chery

After winning national championships in 2007 (U15), then back-to-back titles in 2008-09 (U17), there is no denying the Quebec basketball scene is alive and well. In the city of Montreal, a young coaching staff has once again put together an impressive group of local prospects, gave them exposure with a challenging AAU schedule, and call themselves the Brookwood Elite.

Name: Brookwood Elite
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Team website: www.brookwoodelite.com

17U Roster
Jonathan Tshibuy 6'5” SF, The Bullis School (Potomac, MD) Class of 2012
Kenny Fred Chery 6'0” PG, Archbishop Carroll (Washington, DC) Class of 2011
Lenny Austin 6'2” SG, Vanier (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011
Olivier-Paul Betu 6'2” PG, Worcester Academy (Worcester, MA) Class of 2012
Christopher Joseph 6'1” PG, Dawson (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011
Andrew Girardot 6'6” PF, Dawson (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011
Malcolm Henderson 6'7” PF, *undecided (Montreal, QC) Class of 2012
Brian Ofori 6'6” PF, Dawson (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011
Junior Frequiere 6'0” PG, Dawson (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011
Michael Fosu 6'5” SF, Vanier (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011
Cory Simmons 5'11” CG, John Abbott (Montreal, QC) Class of 2011

Program Director/Head Coach: Joey McKitterick
Asst. coach: Dakarai Jarvis
Communications Director: Rouel Hidalgo

Graduating Players (Class of 2010)
Hichem Benayad-Cherif 6’6” SF, Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne (NCAA D1)
Kazadi Nyanguila 6’5” PF, New Hampshire (NCAA D1)
Davidson Joseph 6’2” SG, undecided

As key components to these recent National titles, Brookwood Elite’s Jonathan Tshibuy and Kenny Fred Chery have given opponents more than a handful when they are on the court at the same time. With Tshibuy, you get a fearless competitor that is too strong for guards, but too fast for post players to keep up with. He is all over the glass and really runs the floor well. He will attend The Bullis School, a prep school in Maryland, this fall. Chery put together a strong performance for the National Junior team that finished third at the FIBA Tournament of Americas in June. Earning 15 minutes per game, Chery’s speed and scoring ability made him the ideal point guard option off the bench. His ability to score off the dribble is one of his greatest strengths and will return for his second season at Archbishop Carroll in Washington, DC this fall.

Lenny Austin has seen his stock rise considerably in the last month with Brookwood. With a strong build and a smooth outside jumper, he is a dangerous offensive threat. Coupled with the speed and intensity of Christopher Joseph and you have another dynamic Brookwood duo.

A point guard with great vision, instincts, and a little flash for good measure, Olivier-Paul Betu has received a considerable amount of recruiting buzz surrounding his talent. The Class of 2012 star prepping at Worcester Academy is known for taking it up another gear late in games.

Andrew Girardot and Malcolm Henderson provide a couple of strong bodies up front with lots of potential.

Brookwood says goodbye and good luck to seniors Hichem Benayad-Cherif, Kazadi Nyanguila, and Davidson Joseph as they embark on student-athlete life in the US this fall. Benayad-Cherif was an impact addition for the July schedule. It didn’t take long for him to garner attention from Division 1 and 2 scouts, as he committed to IPFW recently.

16U Roster
Frederic Dure 6'4” SG, Mont-Royal (2013)
Max Joseph 6'1” CG, College Francais (2013)
Charles-Andre Edorh 6'6” PF, St-Exupery (2012)
Cedric Sanogo 6'2” CG, Roberval (2013)
Justin Kinnear 6'6” PF, St. Thomas (2013)
Noah Daoust 6'7” C, Selwyn House (2014)
Jhonny Verrone 6'1” CG, Marie-Anne (2012)
Greishe Andy Clerjuste 6'2” SG, Regina-Assumpta (2012)
Christopher Alphonse Joseph 6'2” CG, St. Jean Baptiste (2012)
Pierre-Andre Philippe 5'8” PG, Louis-Joseph Papineau (2013)
Mikee Dosado 5'9” PG, Mont Royal (2012)

Head Coach: Dakarai Jarvis
Asst. Coaches: Michael Moody Jr., Patrick Betu

While the older Brookwood players have more notoriety, the younger Brookwood Elite talent is nothing to sneeze at either. Frederic Dure is a very athletic lefty that thrives as a scorer by his creation of jumpers or racing through defenders in transition. He returns to the Quebec U17 team in August to defend their national title.

Young Noah Daoust is an intriguing big man with a strong build and good hands. His strong work ethic is evident on the court and makes him more likely to succeed down the road as he continues to grow.

Another working diligently on his game is Christopher Alphonse Joseph, who brings energy in the form of high-rising finishes off of smooth drives and excelling as a lock-down defender against the fastest of talent. Switching speeds and strong drives to the hoop can be found within combo guard Max Joseph. Putting the talents together gives Brookwood Elite an exciting brand of basketball that continues to thrive.

It should also be noted that Brookwood’s coaching staff has affiliated a partnership with Team Takeover Canada (Toronto, ON) over the past two AAU seasons. Both clubs see the combining of talents from Montreal and Toronto areas over multiple age groups as an excellent experience, both on and off the court.

Tournament Schedule & Results
April 23-25 Hoop Group Jamfest (Providence, RI)
(U17 Platinum Div Champions; U16 2-1 advanced to Gold)

June 11-13 DJ Sports Hang Time Tournament (Montreal, QC)
(U16-17U Division Champs; U17-20U Division Champs)

July 6-8 adidas Invitational (Indianapolis, IN)
(U17 made the round of 16; U16 2-1 advanced to Gold)

July 10 Basketbull's First Eight (Springfield, MA)
(U17: 1-1, lost to City Rocks, beat Grassroots; U16: Made it to finals vs New Heights, lost by 6)

July 11-12 Hall of Fame National Invitational (Springfield, MA)
(U17 Silver Division Champions; U16 2-1 Advanced to Gold Bracket)
July 13 Super 16 Showcase (Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT)
(U16 went 2-0)

July 22-27 AAU Super Showcase (Lake Buena Vista, FL)
(U17 4-1, Round of 16)

July 29-30 B Game Recruiting Camp (Toronto, ON)

Photo of Kenny Fred Chery from FIBA.com