Nevell Taijuan Provo was born in North Preston, Nova Scotia, where his family still lives. He was a member of the National Honor Society from 2011-2013 and earned First Degree Honors at Pine Ridge where he had a 4.0 grade-point average. Nevell has earned many academic awards such as the Ronny Bathia Award, the Academic Ambassador Award and the Silver Fox Invitational Academic Award. Nevell has nine siblings and grew up playing hockey where he progressed to the AAA level.

Nevell is a graduate of Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering, Ontario. He attended Pine Ridge for his junior and senior years (2013-2015) after matriculating at Huntington (West Virginia) Prep from 2011-2013. Nevell averaged 18.9 points, 9.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per contest for Pine Ridge in 2014-2015, helping his team to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSSA) Bronze Medal. The medal was the first for any Pine Ridge team. Nevell also played in the BioSteel All-Canadian Game and was a Member of the Canadian U-19 Basketball Team where he competed for his country at the FIBA U-19 World Championships in Greece during the summer of 2015 where the squad finished fifth. At the FIBA Americas Tournament in Colorado Springs in 2014, he helped Canada to the silver medal and averaged 2.4 assists in the tournament. The Canadians won four games before falling to the United States in the title game. It was the highest-ever finish for a Canadian age-group team.

After three seasons as a member of Loyola Greyhounds men’s basketball team, who represent Loyola University Maryland in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I league, Nevell returned home to Nova Scotia and is currently a member of the Saint Mary’s Huskies men’s basketball team

“I weighed my options,” … “The idea of coming back to Canada came to mind once I realized I could get two more years of playing and potentially earn a masters’ degree. That made sense for me.”

Other notable accomplishments for Nevell include averaging 15.3 points per game at Pine Ridge as a junior, playing for the United States’ No. 1 ranked high school basketball team by Rivals at Huntington, and he also played AAU Basketball for Canada Elite and was in the top five in assists in the Under Armour Association of teams.

Currently Nevell is CEO and founding partner of Smooth Meal Prep, a locally family owned and operated business founded in 2018. Since late 2018 they’ve prepared over 10,000 meals, making our customers lives easier, providing jobs for our community, and bringing our family closer together.