The McDonald's All-American is a staple of the American basketball calendar year.
Student athletes are selected as top prospects in the country and engage in weekend-long, nationally televised, massively sponsored events.
The athletes who are selected become household names and are deemed the future of basketball.
This tradition has been going on since 1977 and has showcased players like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James.
While the established McDonald's All-American thrives, Canada's elite development showcase is just underway.
With just eight years of showcasing Canada's top high school athletes under their belt, the All Canada Classic is just beginning to take off as the premiere platform for top basketball talent in the country.
The All Canada Classic features the top male and female student athletes from around the country taking part in skill competitions and All-Star games...much like the McDonald's All-American.
The Classic has played to sold out crowds year after year as Canadians hunger to see our top high school talent put on a spectacular show.
However, while the All American is broadcast nationally, sponsored by McDonald's, and is a world renowned event, the All Canada Classic has been searching for that same recognition and growth.
As the All Canada Classic enters its ninth year, the Classic boasts talent rich rosters for both the male and female student athletes of which, most have already committed to D1 schools in the U.S.
Which, according to most, is the benchmark for student athlete success.
Nevertheless, in a country so passionate about sports and always ready to support local talent, the Classic searches to find its national identity.
Top recruits like Tristan Thompson, Kelly Olynyk, Manny Arop, Alwayne Bigby and Maurice Walker will sure bring the national attention that the game deserves.
As the game and talent level continues to grow, year nine should be a big success.
All this will lead to the 10-year anniversary where the game promises to grow by leaps and bounds.
With a talent-rich pool ever growing in Canada, it will not be long before the Canadian all-stars challenge the Americans for tops in North America.
While that may be a bit of a stretch, the All Canada Classic is becoming the vehicle for the world to find out.
The All Canada Classic will be taking place June 5-6 in Toronto.
For more information on the All Canada Classic: www.allcanadaclassic.com