Las Vegas, NV – (BasketballBuzz) – Ottawa Gee-Gees super-star, All-Canadian shooting guard Warren Ward has made himself eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft.
Extremely proud of Warren Ward. Wish him all the best as he pursues his dream.
Ward a 6’6 combo guard was an outstanding five-year starter for the Ottawa Gee-Gees who finished off his university career just shy of playing for a Canadian National University championship after averaging 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 22 regular season OUA games.
The Ottawa Gee-Gees on the strength of Warren’s play went all the way to the national semi-finals of the 2013 CIS/Usports Final 8 National Championships.
Ward is currently being represented by fellow Canadian Mike Georgec (Former CIA Bounce/AAU Director) who recently decided to become NBA agent in hopes of attracting some of the top talent that Canada is producing.
Ward is currently in Las Vegas at the Impact Academy NBA Pre-Draft workout where he played well enough on the opening day to garner some more “buzz” and helping spark the conversation of potentially being selected as second-round pick or with the possibility to sticking with NBA D-League team.
At this point its very early in the draft process and hard to gauge what will happen with Ward but we have had the pleasure of watching him for five-years in Gee-Gees uniform and have seen him improve each year in a effort to reach to this particular moment.
He’s a confident solid scorer with a strong body (205 lbs) that is good enough to play at the next level and he’s an above average rebounder from the guard position.
If Ward does indeed get drafted, which at this time is still a long shot, he will become the first Canadian CIS Basketball player to crack an NBA roster spot since William Njoku was drafted in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft with the 41st pick overall by the Indiana Pacers.
Njoku was a standout All-Canadian with Saint Mary’s Huskies in Halifax and represented Canada at the international level.
Warren has also represented Canada at the 2011 Universiade Games in Shenzhen China where the Canadian team, made up of all CIS Basketball players finished an impressive second overall. Ward was the top scorer with 14 points against a tough Serbia team and 17 points against Honk Kong.
The the 12-man universiade roster has become an integral part of identifying Canada’s top university basketball players and based on how he continues to develop it will be hard for Steve Nash and the Canadian National team from at the very least extending an invite to the Senior Men’s national team camp.
One way or another, based on this tweet the only person stopping Warren Ward is well, Warren Ward.
Playin the game is one thing…being out here is another…but feelin like you belong and gaining the respect of others in 24 hrs. Priceless
Selection or no selection this is yet another one of those moments that will further development of CIS/Usports Basketball.
Update: Warren Ward is not eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft – NBA rules prevent international players 23 years of age or older from being eligible of the draft. Ward will become an unrestricted free-agent
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.
And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.
But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”
Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.
And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.
Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?
Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.
It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.
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