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Willie Gallick: Malibu’s most wanted

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A cool breeze from the north will be blowing down over the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and into picturesque Malibu, California. This fall, Willie Gallick will be enrolling at Pepperdine University, bringing with him the hoops skills that have made him one of our country’s best young ballerz.

The 6-7 power forward – and we mean POWER – lead his Cedar High school team to the 2005 AA BC Provincial Championships while posting some ridiculous stats, 39.1 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists including a big 59 point performance against Lambrick Park in the Island finals.

The small-town boy with the big-time game combines a bruiser’s mentality with a level of athleticism that is rarely seen in someone his size. From the ferocious rebounds to the ridiculous put-back jams, Willie plays the same way he practices… Hard.

The 1st Team All BC Selection was contacted by a myriad of teams from across the border, including heavyweights like the University of Michigan and Utah. However, he chose Pepperdine because, “The team is really what it came down to between the schools. The guys were just awesome, they are such a tight knit group of individuals.”

Pepperdine Assistant Coach Patrick Whitlock said, “After watching him play in person I was most impressed by his work ethic and competitiveness. He goes after everything and plays each second like it is his last.”

Gallick won’t be the only player waving the Canadian hoops banner at Pepperdine. He’ll be joining Russell Hicks, a sophomore centre from Westlane in Niagara Falls, as well as Kingsley Costain, a sophomore guard from Toronto’s Eastern Commerce.

Must Read:  The scholarship scale: Weighing out the options

The West Coast Conference should be on notice. Big Willie is coming. Be afraid.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.

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Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard.  After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils  in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.

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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

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The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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