New Brunswick will have a team in the National Junior Circuit in 2019-20 called 506 Prep based out of Moncton. (Logo Screenshot)
And now for something completely different.
For New Brunswick anyway.
Moncton’s Nate Horsman is the creator
of 506 Prep a new team in the National Junior Circuit that is preparing for its second year of operation in the fall.
The league is designed to provide opportunities for high level junior boys to compete against
the best from across the country.
There were 22 teams involved last season.
506 Prep’s nearest rival would be a Halifax-based program.
‘The plan is to put the program together and in September hold open tryouts for players in Grade 9 and 10,’ said Horsman, an assistant coach with both Basketball New Brunswick’s under-15 boys’ program
and an assistant with reigning provincial AAA champion Bernice MacNaughton High Highlanders of Moncton. ‘It’s not a program that is going to interfere with BNB teams and players and it won’t interfere with high school programs.’
506 Prep will play in three tournaments including a pair in Ontario and one in Halifax. The events will be late November, late December and later in February.
get four games per session.
Games are full FIBA standards including four, 10-minute quarters.
‘It’s an opportunity for our younger high school
players to get a look where maybe they wouldn’t outside of playing for a BNB team in the summer,’ said Horsman. ‘A few of our players at the varsity AAA level are getting looks, but this is a chance for some earlier exposure.’
Horsman said there’s a two-year window to see if it works and that includes rustling up sponsors and creating a sustainable budget.
‘It’s a two-year
commitment and it came together pretty quickly from joining the league stand point,’ he said. ‘The NJC gave us two years because not all the players will be based in the same high school. We will be able to find out if it works and can it be picked
It’s not unusual in New Brunswick when it comes to the prep program.
Rothesay Netherwood School Riverhawks play in the varsity National Preparatory
Association that follows a similar format of selected tournaments leading to a national championship.
‘It was going to happen in some format with someone and it just worked out 506 Prep will have the
first chance at trying this,’ Horsman said. ‘It is going to be an interesting project and I look forward to putting the pieces together and finding the players. It’s going to be a great chance to see how much interest is generated.’
For further information on 506 Prep, contact Horsman at firstname.lastname@example.org