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133 Canadians in the NCAA for 2022-23 men’s college basketball season

A total of 133 Canadians basketball players are on 2022-23 NCAA opening day rosters. We examine the complete list and break down all the insights with interactive charts and graphs.

131 Canadians in the NCAA for 2022-23 men’s college basketball season
131 Canadians in the NCAA for 2022-23 men’s college basketball season - (L-R, top to bottom) - Jaelin Llewellyn (Michigan Wolverines), Charles Bediako (Alabama Crimson Tide), Zach Edey (Purdue Boilermakers), Fardaws Imaq (Texas Tech), Emmanuel Miller (Texas Christinan), Wilguens Exacte Jr. (Utah), Kobe Elvis (Dayton), Ryan Nembhard (Creighton), Elijah Fisher (Texas Tech), Marcus Carr (Texas)- Photo/Illustrations: Edilson J. Silva/BasketballBuzz

The 2022-23 NCAA men’s college basketball season is set to kick-off with 133 Canadian players on opening day rosters.

The number is down from a record high 161 in 2020-21 and 157 in 2021-22.

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.

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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 61.1% percent two years ago.

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The interesting development is Quebec’s increasing influence on college basketball. Nearly 19.8% percent of the Canadian players playing NCAA division I basketball. That number is slightly up from 19.8 percent during the 2020-21 season. Alberta also continues to rise as more players come from western provinces.

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Class breakdown

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.

Conference breakdown

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 six conferences, playing on high-major teams.

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  1. Paul Osbourne

    January 12, 2023 at 11:52 AM

    Why is Scarborough not included in Toronto stats?

    • Edilson J. Silva

      January 12, 2023 at 1:07 PM

      Hey Paul. Thanks for your comment!

      The great hometown debate. This one is always a tough one, specially within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

      Generally speaking, Toronto area players are more specific about representing their ‘boroughs’ within the GTA. While players from areas like Pickering, Oshawa etc. claim themselves from Toronto.

      The same case can also be made within the Montreal/Quebec region region.

      As a general rule of thumb, we go with what players and NCAA schools publish on player profiles. Necessary adjustments are made when required based on previous historical information.

      Hopefully that’s a valid response. What are your thoughts on this?

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