What a time to be a basketball fan in the nations capital of Canada!
The game of basketball has tremendously grown in Ottawa, Ontario over the years and young talented players are finally getting the attention they deserve, with many prep schools, colleges & universities across North America looking to tap into the National Capital region to find their next superstar.
The six straight reigning National CIS Basketball champions Carleton Ravens have certainly helped bring many eyes to the Ottawa Basketball scene. As well as a couple high school basketball teams such as the St. Patrick’s Irish, Ashbury Colts and a few others have been bringing Buzz to the city for their dominance.
About a decade ago the city of Ottawa was not well respected when it came to basketball in Canada. Many superstitions, stereotypes and stigmas followed players, leading some to believe that if you play basketball in Ottawa, it will lead you nowhere. That statement was getting so real that star players like Eric Kibi left the city for New Mexico in America to have a better opportunity to make it professionally. It payed off quite well for him! As he went on to play for Arkansas Little Rock and eventually professionally in Europe for several years and now back in Canada with the London Lightning of National Basketball League of Canada
Players such as Eric Kibi, Yannick Anzuluni, Jaheens Manigat, Johnny Berhane, Olivier Hanlan, and more have paved the way for the new generations of up and coming basketball players from Ottawa looking to make it. That superstition has finally died as players like Marial Shayok, Corey Johnson, Eddie Ekiyor have proved that you can make it from the Nations Capital!
One player who’s made quite a name for himself, by dominating competition on his way to becoming a household name not just in Ottawa but all of Ontario and even Canada is Maxime Boursiquot 6’5″ beast out of Immaculata High School & Kent High School. BasketballBuzz took the time to congratulate and interview the young man who recently committed to attending Northeastern University.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Montreal, but I grew up in Ottawa, on the East side of the city.
Approximately around what age did you fall in love with the game of basketball?
I fell in love with basketball in grade 9, when I first started taking it seriously.
In almost every great young men’s basketball career there is someone behind them pushing them. Who do you credit the most for your success thus far?
I would credit my parents who were always behind me and drove me to practice every night. Aaron Blakely, who has been my Guardsmen coach for four years, Coach Justin Serresse and Marg Johnson who coached me during my time with ONL as well as Neil Purves, my high school strength coach.
What has been a defining moment in your young career?
The best moment during my basketball career was making Team Ontario in the summer of 2012, it was an amazing experience.
Now I know you’ve gotten offered from many universities and schools. What made you pick Northeastern University?
I chose Northeastern because they were the first who reached out to me while I was still in high school, they showed the most interest, they came to my house a couple times and sat with my parents and I. I was excited about the opportunities that would be presented by selecting Northeastern.
As a player from Ottawa what do you think you can bring to their program?
As a player from Ottawa, Canada I think I’ll bring a lot of grit, toughness, and defense.
What are your thoughts on the basketball scene in Ottawa and how it has developed over the last few years?
I think Tony House and Ottawa Elite are doing a great job of developing players and showing they can compete against the top Toronto teams in the CYBL. Lots of Ottawa players are receiving recognition, and I think the city is emerging as the basketball city in Canada.
What would you tell a young player in Ottawa looking to get to where you are?
What I’d say to a player trying to get to where i’m at is that, it takes a lot of dedication and hours in the gym. Also, you’re body is the most important thing, so take care of it.
A special thank you to Maxime Boursiquot for taking the time to get interviewed by BasketballBuzz. Ottawa, Ontario and all of Canada be on the look out next year as we will have another Canadian representing us in the NCAA. We wish him the best! And look forward to watching his basketball journey
Good Luck Maxime!! We will be watching and all of Canada will be cheering!
Canadian Addison Patterson commits to Oregon Ducks
Canadian shooting guard Addison Patterson (Milton, Ont.) has committed to the Oregon Ducks.
The 6’7″, 205-pound guard from Bella Vista Prep in Arizona reclassified from the class of 2020, opting to fast track his NBA aspirations by committing to Dana Altman and the Ducks.
Patterson averaged 17 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Canada at the 2018 U17 World Cup in Argentina.
The four-star versatile wing is two-time Biosteel All-Canadian – In 2018, as 16-year-old and the youngest player on the court he point-up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and took home the MVP award at the 2019 most valuable player award — dropping a game-high 24 points in 22 minutes, adding, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 8-of-15 shooting.
The the recently turned 18-year old Canadian joins NCAA College Basketball’s top recruiting class that also boasts five-star recruits in center in N’Faly Dante and small forward C.J Walker. Oregon bowed out in the Sweet 16 to 2019 NCAA champions Virgina Cavaliers.
Patterson also averaged 16.5 points per game on the AAU circuit with Team WhyNot and had various offers including Florida, Arizona State, Illinois and Iowa, Oklahoma, Syracuse and more.
The Ducks have produced two recent Canadian NBA products in Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) and have been scooping-up Canadian basketball talent – earning commitments to the Ducks program from the likes of Abu Kigab (St. Catharines), Dylan Ennis (Brampton), Kenny Chery (Montreal).
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
James Naismith Classic NCAA triple-header to feature big names
For the past 20 years NCAA basketball teams have been making the trip north of the border to take on Canadian U Sports teams in early August as part of the NCAA vs. U Sports exhibition series.
Now it looks like we are ready for the next step — regular season, non-conference games between NCAA schools on fertile Canadian basketball
According to multiple reports, and now
Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame — the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (A-10) will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big 10). The Buffalo Bulls (MAC) will face the Harvard Crimson (Ivy) and the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) will square off against the Pac 12 champions Washington Huskies.
A total of six Canadian’s could be featured in the marque homecoming event including, Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi (Rexdale, Ont.), Harvard’s Danilo Djuricic Brampton, Ont.), and Luka Sakota (Oakville, Ont.). The Crimson also features Ottawa, Ont. duo
Omoruyi a 6’7″, 234-pound bruising senior forward is coming off of his best season — leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounds at a respective 13.8 and 7.2 per game.
Noah Kirkwood (6’7, 215 lbs) guard had a productive freshman season with 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists as the Crimson (18-11, 10-4 Conf) just missed out on the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament with a close loss to Yale in the conference title game.
The Buffalo Bulls’ are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history with an outstanding 32-4, 16-2 record and a six-seed in the West region.
The marquee match-up pits the Tennessee Volunteers against the Washington Huskies. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a strong 31-6, 15-3 campaign for head coach Rick Barnes – bowing out to Purdue in the Sweet 16.
The Huskies, although not a traditional Canadian destination, will become the first NCAA men’s basketball team to make back-to-back trips to Canada.
In 2018 the Vancouver Showcase tipped off — bringing four NCAA men’s (Washington, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Texas A&M) and eight women’s basketball team’s to the west coast of Canada — marking the first time NCAA division one games played in Canada counted as non-conference records.
With Toronto continuously out-churning the mecca (New York City) and other traditional American powerhouses for quality NCAA and NBA basketball prospects — it makes more than dollars and cents — much like the Empire Classic — to ensure that the northern city that never sleeps has it’s annual NCAA regular season dosage.
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