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2013 ACC Freshmen Of The Year Olivier Hanlan Raising More Eyebrows At LeBron James Skills Academy

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Las Vegas, NV – (BasketballBuzz) – Canadian point guard Olivier Hanlan (Aylmer, Que), the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshmen of the Year was amongst the Top 20 College Basketball and 80 High School Prospects in America personally invited by Four-Time NBA MVP Lebron James to showcase his skills at the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, NV.

The 6’4, 190lbs Boston College Eagles point guard averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and two 2.3 assists per game, set the ACC tournament record by a Freshmen with his 41 point outburst against George Tech and is amongst the top point guards in Canada joining a growing list of talented Canadian players to showcase their skills at the annual Nike event which inaugurated back in 2009.

Other Canadians to be invited to the Lebron James Skill academy include Toronto’s Myck Kabongo (2009 HS/St. Benedict’s Newark, NJ), Dwight Powell (2009/HS/IMG Academy/Melrose, MA),  Kyle Witjer (Jesuit/Portland, Ore), Montreal’s Khem Birch (2010 Notre Dame Prep), Andrew Wiggins (2011/Huntington Prep), Tyler Ennis (2011 HS/St. Benedict’s Newark, NJ) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (2011/Huntington Prep)

The Skills Academy running from July 5th-July 8 is being led by retired NBA player and coach Jon Lucas who became a first team All-American during his collegiate days with the ACC’s Maryland Terrapins. Lucas was selected with the 1st overall pick in the 1976 Draft by the Houston Rockets.

It didn’t take long for Hanlan’s talent to stand out, according to multiple tweets including Jon Lucas himself, he will be watching a few more ACC games this upcoming NCAA Basketball season, simply because of the Canadian basketball point guard.

Hanlan opted not to accept the invitation to play for Canada’s Development/University National Team that is currently in Kazan Russia at the 2013 World University Games, instead he opted to take summer classes at Boston College and raise his stock in front of the games most talented player, In LeBron James.

John Lucas is now developing a history of working with Canadian point guards which can be traced back to Myck Kabongo and more recently with the Spurs Cory Joseph.

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Kia Nurse & Legendary UConn Huskies Canadian Homecoming

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Kia Nurse Legendary Uconn Huskies Canadian Homecoming

Here is a first in Canadian Basketball? A rare NCAA Division I regular season women’s game as the UConn Huskies played the Dusquene Danes in Toronto. The rare event marked a Canadian home coming for star played Kia Nurse (Hamilton/ON).

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New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash

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New Wave Canadian Basketball Freshmen Making NCAA Splash

There’s a new wave of rising Canadians basketball players making an early NCAA splash. Below we take a look at freshmen players that are making their mark on the college basketball landscape. Like previous years, look for most of the names on this list to become household names come March Madness and a select few to continue Canada’s NBA takeover.

Oshea Brissett New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Oshea Brissett (Mississauga, ON) – Syracuse Orange

Oshea Brissett – Syracuse Orange

Brissett has been arguably the best freshman in college basketball. The 6’8″, 210 lbs forward from Mississauga, Ontario is beasting the opposition, averaging 13.6 points per game, including a team-high 9.2 rebounds (55th in all of the nation.) A true special talent, he has already racked-up four double-doubles in his first eight games, missing two more by just a single rebound. Look for Brissett to continue his torrid start to season as he helps the Syracuse Orange make a run at a conference title in the tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Although early in the season, Brissett is looking more and more like a true one and done prospect. Expect a green room invitation come June 2018 at NBA Draft.

Canadian Lindell Wigginton Iowa State Cyclones NCAA

Lindell Wigginton (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) Iowa State Cyclones

Lindell Wigginton – Iowa State Cyclones

Looking for stability at the guard position? Well, look no further than Lindell Wigginton. A true versatile bucket getter, with major hops (38″ vertical), he currently leads all Canadian freshmen in scoring at 16.3 points per game while contributing in other aspects with 4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia product is shooting a healthy 46.3 % from the field,  48.9% from three-pointers and has reached double-figures scoring in 7-of-9 games, including a season best 28-points, 7 rebound performance against Northern Illinois. Although, the tougher part of the Big 12 conference schedule remains, it is clear that in less than ten games Wigginton has solidified himself as a go to option in the fast paced Cyclones offensive system. Expect the 6’2″, 188 lbs guard to flourish all-season long as he looks to fulfill is long time dream of playing in the NBA.

Nickeil Alexander Walker Virginia Tech Hookies New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Nickeil Alexander Walker (Toronto, ON) Virginia Tech Hokies

Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Virginia Tech Hokies

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Talk about talent. Standing 6’5″ tall, weighing-in at 210-pounds, is Toronto, Ontario freshman Nickeil Alexander-Walker. A diamond in the rough find for head coach Buzz Williams and Virgina Tech. The Hokies, traditionally not a prime destination for top Canadian prospects is seeing just how special Alexander-Walker can be early-on. The 19-year-old kicked-off his NCAA career with scoring outbursts against Detroit Mercy (24 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Citadel (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and is an integral reason for the Hokies early season success. A knock-down shooter (.529%, FG% .477% 3-pointers) with a 7-footer wing-span Alexander Walker is averaging 14.4 per game, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. A triple-threat he is comfortable handling the rock as well as, dishing off no looks, as he is scoring.

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Kentucky Wildcats New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Shai Gilgeous Alexander Hamilton/ON) – Kentucky Wildcats

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Kentucky Wildcats

It’s hard to talk about Shai-Gilgenous-Alexander (6’6″, 180 lbs, Hamilton/ON) without mentioning the aforementioned Nickeil Alexander-Walker. After-all, both are cousins, their names resemble each other, their games even more. What-else, they played, dominated and caused headaches for coaches as a dynamic high school back-court duo for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, winning a State title along the way. Now they find themselves on the biggest stage of college basketball doing similar things for highly respected basketball teams. Despite coming off the bench Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 28.2 minutes per game, good for second on a team that also features a bevy of NBA prospects, including Hamidou Diallo, P.J Washington. A efficient natural stat-stuffer he’s averaging 10.1 points, a team-high 4.4 assists per game along side 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Marcus Carr Pittsburg Panthers New Wave Canadian NCAA Freshmen

Point Guard Marcus Carr (Toronto/ON) – Pittsburgh Panthers

Marcus Carr – Pittsburgh Panthers

A true floor general, Marcus Carr (6’1″, 185 lbs, Toronto/ON) has taken charge and ignited the Pittsburgh Panthers rebuilding offense. Carr’s strong play has propel the Panthers to a early four-game winning streak. The pass-first guard scored a career-best 23 points in a overtime win over St. Mary’s and has scored in double-digits in the five of the past six Panthers contests. Currently averaging 12 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds, including shooting a 48% from the field, 48.1% from downtown and Steve Nash like 921% from the charity stripe. Despite his size Carr is strong enough to finish through contact and loves to gets under your chin with defensive pressure.

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz Dort has committed to Bobby Hurley and the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Dort a 6-5, 220lbs, product of Montreal, Quebec has been one of the most exciting Canadian Basketball prospects in recent years, combining raw speed, with gifted athletic ability, the the 2018 elite top prospect is expected to boast the Sun Devils credibility in a tough PAC 12 conference.

Dort narrowed down his list of top schools from Baylor, eventually settling with the upstart Sun Devils program that will help him transition from a two-guard to a more accomplished point-guard.  After all, Coach Hurley knows a thing or two about playing the point, having played the position for the Duke Blue Devils  in the early 90’s and over 269 games in the NBA.

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