May 16, 2016 - OCSB Press Release
"Notre Dame High School has been selected to participate in a Canada Topflight Academy (CTA) initiative, beginning September 2016. The pilot program is designed to support and develop elite level basketball players in order to achieve their ultimate goals in basketball, academics and life.
Top student athletes from across Ontario and the globe will have access to some of the top basketball trainers and training programs. Notre Dame’s basketball academy will also participate in several showcase events in the U.S.A. so that its student athletes can compete against elite competition and garner the exposure necessary to attract attention of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) program, and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)."
October 4, 2016 - NPH Article
"The strength of Canada as a country lives within its unique multiculturalism and acceptance of all people despite ethnic background.
From that perspective, the element of cultural unity makes Canada a distinctive country and arguably one of a kind.
In basketball, the country’s worldly approach is evident with participants in the game from coast to coast and strong representation from countries like the Philippines, Serbia, India and Italy to name a few.
The inaugural season of the National Preparatory Association will feature top-tier talent from all over the globe including representation from over 14 countries, with the diverse ethnicity serving as a microcosm of Canada.
International prospects have made Canada their new home, joining programs within the NPA; nations like the Congo, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, USA, Belarus, Nigeria, Holland, France, Switzerland, Spain, and South Sudan provide this league with an international scope."
May 18, 2016 - CBC News
"Afledgling basketball academy is partnering with Notre Dame High School and the Ottawa Catholic School Board in the hopes of making the school a new hotbed for hoops in Eastern Ontario.
The Canada Topflight Academy pilot program aims to train 12 to 15 teenage boys to become elite basketball players while they attend classes at Notre Dame — including, potentially, international players who would be required to pay expensive tuition fees to the school board.
The academy's founder, local basketball promoter Tony House, is hoping to use a preparatory model similar to the Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ont., which has groomed two players, Jamal Murray and Thon Maker, who are both expected to be drafted in the 2016 NBA draft in June.
Murray, a national team standout, played one year at the University of Kentucky before entering his name in the draft, while Maker is attempting to make the leap from high school directly to the NBA."
As the Notre Dame Catholic High School-based Canada Topflight Academy boys’ basketball program shoots for a title in their inaugural season later this month at the National Preparatory Association (NPA) Championships in Toronto, the Ottawa Catholic School Board is also readying to add another pair of specialized sports programs come this fall.
CTA will launch a girls’ basketball program out of Immaculata High School for the 2017-18 school year to mirror their current boys’ team.
“I’ve been able to get it done on the men’s side,” says CTA director Tony House, a veteran of the Ottawa basketball scene. “It was an easy sell to do the women’s based on what we’re doing on the guys’ side.”
In an exciting finish, capping off a thrilling weekend of basketball, Ottawa’s Canada Topflight Academy have been crowned the first ever NPA National Champions.
CTA brought the trophy back to Ottawa today thanks to a 105-95 win over London Basketball Academy, after an exciting game that saw several lead changes and both teams have the opportunity to go home victorious.
From the outset Ottawa’s Graddy Kanku scored at will, at first attacking the rim effectively, and then knocking down shots from distance when defenders tried protecting the key.
“I take what they give me, I’ve been working with my coaches all year on my shot, it still needs some work,” said Kanku. “But I’m proud of all the work we’ve done all year, it’s been an incredible run.”
Sunday February 2, 2017 - Ottawa Sun
Thursday October 12, 2017 - NPH Article
Friday March 2, 2017 - NPH Article
Monday April 3, 2017 - NPH Article
CTA Head coach, Tony House acknowledges he lost a key piece to their team but is confident with the returning players and the new additions.
“We bring back 4 starters from last year but we will really miss Manel Ayol. He brought a lot of good things to our team, very consistent at both ends of the floor especially defensively but this is why we brought in some key recruits,” said House.
August 10, 2016 - NPH Article
"Ottawa, Ontario’s Top Flight Academy has received a big commitment from 6’5 Muon Reath, part of the class of 2021. Young, raw and loaded with upside, Reath is a member of the Canada Basketball Junior Academy and provincial team. “Muon has all the tools and potential to be one of the best players to come out of Ottawa,” said program head Tony House.
The fact that he attends CTA in grade 9 is a testament to his commitment and focus on being the best student-athlete he can be. He knows he needs to be pushed so playing against older players everyday will only develop him long term.
Reath, an Ottawa native, competed in the Toronto Junior NPH Showcase, where he was selected to the Top prospects game and proved to be one of the most intriguing prospects at camp."
May 19, 2016 - CBC Radio Interview
Notre Dame High school is piloting an elite basketball program this fall.
Tuesday December 6, 2016 - CTV National News
National Preparatory League Launching in November 2016
July 28, 2016 - The Recorder and Times Sports Article
"It might be some time before Brockville residents get their chance to watch Jackson Bayles play basketball in his home town again...if ever again.
The Canada Topflight Academy (CTA) announced over social media last week that the 17 year old was the latest recruit to their newest program in Ottawa. Bayles was the first player, out of 17, publicly announced to be part of the Academy with CTA posting a 5 minute video showing the former BCI student doing everything from half court 3 pointers and dunks to no look passes and crafty crossovers. That video has been watched almost 5,000 times on YouTube since it was posted in February."
July 15, 2016 - NPH Press Release
"The program is run by Tony House, a cornerstone in the Ottawa basketball community; will be coached by Carleton University and Canada Basketball Junior Academy coach, Aaron Blakely.
House and Blakely came together to create this program in order to provide an opportunity for elite basketball players out of the Ottawa region.
Over the years, the nation’s capital has produced some big names, but the top-tier players have all left for opportunities south of the border, to play against tougher competition. Xavier’s Eddie Ekiyor, Harvard’s Corey Johnson, and Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan all developed in the Ottawa region, but left for prep opportunities in the States."
August 24, 2016 - HESN Podcast Interview with Executive Director Tony House
Friday March 2, 2017 - OttawaSports.com Article
Khaleem Sarazin is a 6’2 combo guard in the class of 2018 out of Ottawa, Ontario. After sitting for two months due to a broken wrist, Sarazin is making his presence felt on the scene, averaging 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Canada Topflight Academy.
August 19, 2016 - NPH Announcment
"The National Preparatory Association is proud to announce an official partnership with The Grind Session.
The Grind Session is an American International circuit, where the world’s top basketball programs and prospects compete all over the United States, including sessions in Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Michigan, Iowa, New York, Florida and the Bahamas.
Most notable alumni of the grind include Derrick Rose, Andrew Wiggins, Michael Beasley and Carmelo Anthony.
Lasy year’s grind sessions featured top 100 prospects including Thon Maker, DeAndre Ayton, Harry Giles, Jason Tatum, Trevon Duvall, Billy Breton, Nick Richards, John Petty, Miles Bridges and Rawlie Alkins to name a few.
The 2016-2017 season will feature prospects like Wendell Carter, Charles Bassey, Chol Mariel, Matur Maker, Nick Richards and Austin Wiley."