Given the current influx of
Bake-in the unexpected and surprisingly new favourable NCAA rule changes — finally allowing student-athletes much-needed flexibility to test the NBA draft process and still to return to their respective schools if their name is not verbalized by Adam Silver and Co.
With the April 21st deadline for early entrants fast approaching a record 13 Canadians have declared themselves eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft. Led by R.J. Barrett — 2019 consensus All-American and Jerry West award winner as the best collegiate shooting guard — the list is heavy loaded with freshman and sophomore talent — underlining, arguably Canada’s best NCAA class to date.
Ultimately, we’ve reached a point of no return. With Canadian basketball talent bursting out of the pipelines like leaky faucets and improving NCAA rules, one should expect the annual number of declares to continue to rise year-in, year-out.
Canadian’s appetite for the sport is at an all-time high with Canada currently boasting the title as the country with the most international players in the NBA.
The current count stands at 13 active players and much like what we are witnessing at the NCAA level those numbers are expected to continue to rise in the coming years.
The Canadian players will have until May 29, 2019 (22:59 CT) to withdraw their names from the draft and retain their NCAA eligibility.
In a day and age where Twitter announcements have become the norm, below is a list of all Canadians who have put their name in the 2019 NBA Draft, and their respective messages of gratitude towards their support system, educational and athletic institutions.
RJ Barrett – (Freshman, Forward, 6’7″, 202 lbs, Mississauga, ON) – Duke Blue Devils
Brandon Clarke – (Junior, 6’8″, 215 lbs, Phoenix, AZ/Vancouver/BC) – Gonzaga Bulldogs
Luguentz Dort – (Freshman, Guard, 6’4″, 215 lbs, Montreal, QC) – Arizona State Sun Devils
Nickeil Alexander-Walker – (Sophomore, Guard, 6’5″, 205 lbs, Toronto, ON) – Virginia Tech
Mfiondu Kabengele – (Sophomore, Forward, 6’10”, 250 lbs, Burlington, ON) – Florida State Seminoles
Andrew Nembhard – (Freshman, Guard, 6’7″, 215 lbs, Aurora, ON) – Florida Gators
Simisola Shittu – (Freshman, Forward, 6’10”, 240 lbs, Milton, ON) – Vanderbilt Commodores
Lindell Wigginton – (Sophomore,
Guard, 6’2″, 188 lbs, Dartmouth, NS) – Iowa State Cyclones
AJ Lawson – (Freshman, Guard, 6’6″, 172 lbs, Toronto, ON) – South Carolina Gamecocks
Ignas Brazdeikis – (Freshman, Forward, 6’7″, 215 lbs, Mono, ON) – Michigan Wolverines
Oshea Brissett – (Sophomore,
Forward, 6’8″, 210 lbs, Mississauga, ON) – Syracuse Orange
Marial Shayok – (Senior, Guard, 6’6″, 201 lbs, Ottawa, ON) – Iowa State Cyclones
Kyle Alexander – (Senior,
Forward, 6’11”, 215 lbs, Milton, ON) – Tennessee Volunteers
2019 Canadians NBA Draft
|First Name||Last Name||Position||Team||City||Province||HT||WT||Class||Conference|
|RJ||Barrett||F||Duke Blue Devils||Mississauga||ON||6'7"||202||Freshman||ACC|
|Ignas||Brazdeikis||F||Michigan Wolverines||Mono||ON||6'7"||215||Freshman||Big Ten|
|Marial||Shayok||G||Iowa State Cyclones||Ottawa||ON||6'6||201||Senior||Big 12|
|Lindell||Wigginton||G||Iowa State Cyclones||Dartmouth||NS||6'2"||188||Sophomore||Big 12|
|Nickeil||Alexander-Walker||G||Virginia Tech Hookies||Toronto||ON||6'5"||205||Sophomore||ACC|
|Luguentz||Dort||G||Arizona State Sun Devils||Montreal||QC||6'4"||215||Freshman||PAC 12|
|Mfiondu||Kabengele||F||Florida State Seminoles||Burlington||ON||6'10"||250||Sophomore||ACC|
|AJ||Lawson||G||South Carolina Gamecocks||Toronto||ON||6'6"||172||Freshman||SEC|
Fun Guy Gets His Ring
“What it do baby!”
It may have taken longer than his Game 7 buzzer beating, playoff series winning shot against the Sixers, circling around the rim to process. But the board man finally gets his ring. As Kawhi Leonard was welcomed back to his world of the 6’s Jurassic Park for a ring reunion. Returning as a Clipper to his Raptor home in Toronto for more Star clippings.
But in the end against the Canadian champion who are surprisingly still so in contention good without him, it was all L.A. his way.
Kawhi Leonard had 23 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 ring and a partridge in a pear tree this Christmas season, as the L.A. Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors (taking it back in uniform and court to their 1995 expansion inception like the dream of cousins Carter and McGrady running a dunk contest night in and night out), 112-92.
And T-Dot just wish they could take it back to last Summer man.
But as Kyle played ring bearer to Kawhi pregame it was this moment of championship matrimony that kept Leonard and Lowry together like these two K.L.’s in initials ’til death do them part.
This brotherhood bond was bigger than it all this night…even basketball. Especially this basketball game. Even if 6 God Lou Will also added 18 and 8 assists against his former Raps club. To go along with Maurice Harkless’ 14, Paul George’s 13, 11 from the Patrick’s of Beverley and Patterson and 10 from Montrezl Harrell for this balanced diet of an attack.
But if your two feet want to talk about balance. T.O is like T.D. too as they know how to eat well with everyone getting their share for their plate at the table this festive season with all the statistical trimmings.
Most Improved to Defensive Player Of The Year’ and team MVP Pascal Siakam had 24 for this 48 minutes worth of shot clocks even though the Clippers lead by as many as this. Whilst equally impressive Norman Powell added 22. OG Anunoby matched P.G. for 13 to go along with Terrence Davis 10. Whereas Spaniard Marc Gasol rounded out the rest of the Raps with 9 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
But with the ovation all standing for a jumbo jumbotron tribute we all know which Raptor this night was for. All to his crowd roaring success as the whole arena sounded like a Tyronasaurus paddock…let alone a Raptor enclosure.
It was perimeter fence electric. 100,000 volts Tim!
The Klaw was back in the house of claws…if only for a night to rule the earth like when the dinosaurs did.
Welcome back to Jurassic World.
Jared Dudley Is The Lakers Unsung Hero
There’s a hero that could save us in Hollywood right now.
And I ain’t talking about The King.
Or the Brow to ‘Bron in A.D. and his best since Shaq and Kobe dynamic duo combining for 70 like one off Elgin Baylor’s career high.
I ain’t talking about Kuz. Canada’s champ Danny Green from downtown purple and gold. Or the redemption reunion of Superman returns Dwight Howard in the hash-tag “Washed King’s” revenge season.
I ain’t even talking about the bald identity of my hero the Alex Caruso show this time.
I’m talking about Jared Dudley people.
Yeah I said it!
Not the same Jared that got replaced by Joaquin as The Joker. Not the same Dudley that got nut checked by Shaquille O’Neal on the Knicks before lamely quarterback pitch throwing the ball after him on the inbound technical (we didn’t think centers apart from Shaq could pass like that). Or the same J.D. that like going with Coke welcomed us to Atlanta with Ludacris. But just Jared.
You may think the former Brooklyn boy fan favourite owns the last roster spot that should have gone to a blazing Carmelo. Or still a free agent Jamal Crawford (even a J.R. Smith?!). A spot reserved for Andre Igudola once he gets out of contract hell. Or even a South Bay call-up for legendary names in young Lakers like Antetokounmpo, Stockton and Payton II. And let’s not forget the one Ingram they didn’t trade in the Grey Mamba ‘dre.
And with that headband over his shaved dome you may think the guy who Balenciaga bigger than Basketball looks the part in the players only catwalk runway to the stadium for his fashion fit drip looks like he’ll definitely be in ‘Bron’s ‘Space Jam’ sequel too. That’s all for your insults folks (“baldy?!”). But with that number ten to go with the head check he kind of looks like a less ripped version of a former King that used to kill the Lakers…and that’s no insult to J.D. Have you see Mike Bibby these days? He really is a unit.
But to me he looks like one of those bench energy guys who lifts the whole team in the mould of a Rony Turiaf or ‘Mad Dog’ Mark Madsen. Even if his time on the pine is more than on the hardwood. He still has his Laker legend like that photoshopped number 10 next to James and Davis for the new big three, tongue in cheek.
And speaking of that number ten you just may see that jersey in the seats of STAPLES almost as much as the King’s 23. Why you ask. Are fans waiting until A.D. adds a King’s 2 to his 3 as LeBron carries the 6? Was there a sale? An in-game giveaway like that Shaq City Edition being on everyones seats pregame for its debut in L.A.?
It’s because Dudley has literally been gifting his number ten signature to almost everyone (hello!) whose asked this season on Twitter and it isn’t even Christmas yet. What a statement. And if you thought that was a grand gesture then half of these people in the stands in tens are there because Jared has personally left comp tickets waiting for them for games at will call (the other half probably just in thanks). Not just at STAPLES…but on the road too. Now how’s that for player power? Reaching out to fans in precarious positions, with problems when it comes to getting to games, or even those whose lifelong dream was just to see Hollywood’s Lakers live and in living colour one time.
He’s done it countless. More times than the 23 and 2 team to start their best season since the year 2000 have won.
Now how about that? You love to see it. Right now no one does more for the fans than the people’s champ Jared Dudley.
When he gets his ring it won’t be from riding coattails, but giving his all, everything.
And let’s not forget the heart and hustle he puts down on the floor every night his box score doesn’t read DNP-CD for a second, or minute of time. He’s got a decent shot on him too. Even if it looks more awkward than me on dates…it works.
Let’s see more from Dudley.
The Lake Show are the Hollywood story of the season. But we all know when it comes to the script from the Basketball God’s you need your character actors as much as the academy of award winners. And if Jared Dudley really is the Lakers unsung hero in L.A. like Denis Irwin was for Manchester United (know your history) it’s time to hit the high notes and shoot our shot like he does his.
Now is this enough for me to get a jersey Jared?
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