The 2022-23 NCAA men’s college basketball season is set to kick-off with 131 Canadian players on opening day rosters.
The transfer portal continues to have a major impact on recruiting, specifically on the freshman class, as just twenty-four (24) true freshmen committed to NCAA D1 programs.
A total of 51 players entered the portal and transferred schools. Ten (10) players transferred to UPORTS basketball, seven (7) to NCAA Division II and three (3) to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level.
Additionally, four players moved-up from NJCAA to division I college basketball and we had our very first transfer from a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) to NCAA.
A busy off season also saw the return of games between Canadian universities versus NCAA division I teams. Furthermore, Canada basketball also introduced their annual under-23 GLOBL Jam tournament. Thus providing an early glimpse into some of the top players playing this season.
There are 22 teams that have multiple Canadians on their roster. The Maine Bears lead the pack with six players from Canada, followed by Northeastern with four, and Oregon with three.
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City breakdown & analysis
Top cities include Toronto with twenty-two (22) players, Montreal with twenty-one (21), twelve from Brampton, seven from Mississauga and Ottawa with four. Overall, a total of 58 players or 44% percent of the players call the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home.
Provincial breakdown & analysis
On the provincial landscape, Ontario continues to produce the lion share of the Canadian NCAA basketball athletes. However, that number is down from 68.1% percent two years ago.
The interesting development is Quebec’s increasing influence on college basketball. Nearly 22.4% percent of the Canadian players playing NCAA division I basketball. That number is up from 18.8 percent during the 2020-21 season. Alberta also continues to rise as more players come from the western provinces.
Since COVID-19, keeping track of players’ NCAA eligibility has been nothing short of a nightmare. Student-athletes retained their year of eligibility from the NCAA regardless of participation in the 2020-21 season.
Various schools have adopted different ways of reporting a player’s experience, some have added the extra COVID-year, while others have excluded it.
The American East conference has the most Canadian players with 14. Followed by the Pac-12 with nine players. Thirty-four (34) players are in power five conferences, playing on high-major teams.