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.
Olivier Hanlan is going to make me watch some Boston College games next year #LeBronSkillsAcademy
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.
Would have loved to represent the country in China/Russia but we have lots of work to put in here at BC. #CANADA
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.
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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