NORTHSTAR CIRCUIT PROGRAM

What is the Circuit Program?
The Northstar Circuit Program (NCP) is a functional evolution of the Northstar Preparatory Institute (NPI) program based out of Churchill High School in Winnipeg, MB. NPI is a groundbreaking initiative out of Manitoba that competes in the National Preparatory Association (www.npacanada.com) and will also compete in the inaugural season of the National Senior Circuit (NSC) Platinum division.
Designed specifically to benefit High School players who have been presented with obstacles that require them to remain at their current high school or in their current city, NCP offers a hybrid prep experience specifically tailored towards underclassmen looking for a new challenge. This program is ideal for the following athletes:
  • Manitoban prospects outside of Winnipeg unable to leave home, but require competition against stronger opponents as well as more exposure to post secondary coaches.
  • Prospects who are enrolled in school-of-choice programming (International Baccalaureate, Technical Vocational or Language-based) that prevents enrollment with NPI.
  • Junior Varsity prospects seeking a higher level of play without the additional financial commitment of playing multiple years of Prep basketball.
The NCP roster has a schedule consisting of approximately 18 games, starting in January 2021, via exhibition and tournament competition against College programs, top-level High School programs around the country and select Prep programs.
 
The full NCP roster is built by combining the resources of the two concurrent programs being operated in Winnipeg, MB, and Sault Ste. Marie, ON, which are coordinated both by video conferencing and by monthly training camps.
All NCP athletes receive access to the physical training, skill development, recruiting consultations and network that are available to the Northstar Prep athletes.
This program is the ultimate stepping stone for athletes looking to go from their existing structure and programming to the next level; there is no comparison to what Northstar can provide our athletes, and we will continue to innovate and develop our programming to offer the best opportunities available to athletes in Manitoba and beyond.
2020/21 Coaching Staff
JEFF GIOVANATTI
Sault Ste. Marie Head Coach
jeff.giovanatti@northstarbasketball.ca
Playing Career
  • Conference All-Star (Algoma University)
  • Academic All-Canadian (Western University)
Coaching Career
  • Founder Steel City Slam (2013)
  • Head Coach, Korah Colts (13 years)
  • Head Coach, 15U Team Ontario (7 years)
  • High Performance Coach, Canada Basketball
  • Assistant Coach, All-Canadian Signature Game (2018)
Highlights
  • 5x National Champion, Coach, Team Ontario 15U
  • Multiple "A" NOSSA & OFSAA Championships
  • Worked with multiple NBA, NCAA & USport players
DARON LEONARD
Winnipeg Head Coach
daron.leonard@northstarbasketball.ca
Playing Career
  • 3x City Champion & "AAAA" OFSAA, A.B. Lucas (ON)
  • 1x National Champion, Laurinburg Prep (NC)
  • 2x National Champion, Carleton University
  • 2-years Professional Career (Italy Serie A & Swiss LNA)
Coaching Career
  • Associate Coach, Beal Raiders (3 years)
  • Assistant Coach, Fanshawe College (2 years)
  • Assistant Coach, University of Winnipeg (1 year)
  • Assistant Coach, Arizona Elite (1 year)
  • Founder & Head Coach, Triumph 204 (2015)
  • Founder & Head Coach, Northstar Prep (2017)
Highlights
  • Multiple Individual Accolades (HS, USport & Pro)
  • Experience with multiple NBA, NCAA & USport players
2020/21 Circuit Program Roster

WINNIPEG, MB, CANADA

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