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2016 March Madness: Murray, Wiltjer, Brooks highlight 23 Canadians Across 17 Teams



Selection Sunday came and went and a total of 23 Canadians across 17 NCAA teams found out they will be going to the big dance for a shot at that special “One Shining Moment.” Below is a complete list, including stats of all the Canadian players that will be participating in the 2016 NCAA March Madness Championship tournament. Led by Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray, Oregon’s sophomore Dillon Brooks and Gonzaga’s senior power forward Kyle Witjer, Canadians from across Canada will be spread out across America looking to make noise. With 2016 NBA Draft already on the radar for at least more than a half-dozen bottom standing NBA teams it just the perfect time to make a deep run into the tournament.

East Region – Philadelphia

No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats
Jamal Murray – Freshman (Kitchener, ON) – 35 mins, 20.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.2 APG
Mychal Mulder – Junior (Windsor, ON) – 4.0 mins, .5 PPG, 1.2 RPG

No. 4 Providence Friars
Junior Lomomba – Junior (Montreal, QC) – 24.9 mins, 5.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.0 APG

No. 15 Webber St. Wildcats
Cody John – Freshman (Toronto, ON) – 17.4 mins, 4.6 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.6 APG

West Region – Anaheim

No. 1 Oregon Ducks (28-6)
Dillon Brooks –  Sophomore – (Mississauga, ON)  – 32.9 mins, 16.8 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 3.1 APG
Chris Boucher – Senior – (Montreal, QC)  – 26.3 mins, 12.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.1 BPG
Dylan Ennis – Senior – (Brampton, ON)  – 10.5 mins, 1.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG


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No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners
Dinjiyl Walker – Senior – (Vaughan, ON)  – 13 mins, 3.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG

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No. 7 Oregon State Beavers
Malcom Duvivier – Junior – (Toronto, ON)  – 25.4 mins, 6.2 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG

No. 14 Green Bay Phoenix
Tevin Findlay – Junior – (Toronto, ON)  – 13.3 mins, 4.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.1 APG

Midwest Region – Chicago

No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers
Marial Shayok – Sophomore – (Ottawa, ON)  – 14.9 mins, 3.9 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.1 APG

No. 11 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Kyle Wiltjer – Senior – (Portland, OR)  – 33.6 mins, 20.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.4 APG
Dustin Triano – Sophomore – (Vancouver, BC) – 3.5 mins, 1.5 PPG,

No. 4 Iowa State Cyclones
Naz Mitrou-Long – Senior – (Mississauga, ON)  – 31.6 mins, 12 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.9 APG

No. 6 Seton Hall Pirates
Braeden Anderson –  Senior – (Okotoksl, AB)  – 6.2 mins, .8 PPG, 1.4 RPG

No. 7 Dayton Flyers
Dyshawn Pierre – (Whitby, ON)  – 33 mins, 13 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 2.3 APG

No. 13 Iona Gaels
Saren Westrop – (Lethbridge, AB) – 2.0 mins

No. 12 Arkansas Little Rock
Kemy Osee – Junior – (Montreal, QC)  – 15.8 mins, 4.9 PPG, 2.0 RPG 1.0 SPG

South Region – Louisville

No. 13 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Stefan Jankovic  – Junior – (Mississauga, ON)  – 24.8 mins, 15.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.2 APG

No. 14 Buffalo Bulls
Rodell Wigginton – Senior – (Dartmouth, NS)  – 18.1 mins, 7.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG
Jarryn Skeete – Senior – (Brampton, ON)  – 28 mins, 8.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.2 APG
Stefan Duric – (Burlington, ON)  – Redshirt

First Four

No. 16 Southern Jaguars
D’Adrian Allen – Junior – (Toronto, ON)  – 11.1 mins, 3.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG


Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes



Syracuse Oshae Brissett Delivers Massive Rack Attack On Miami Hurricanes
Photo: David Gunn - Syracuse

Canadian Freshman and Syracuse Stud Oshae Brissett added to his growing and impressive highlight package with a massive rack attack and facial dunk on the face of Miami Hurricanes defender. The Mississauga, Ontario native is averaging a 14.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game and is amongst college basketball finest talents. Brissett has started all the Orangemens’ 27 games to date and has racked up 11 double-doubles in the process. A skilled 6’8″ forward who has stardom written all-over him.

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New wave of Canadian Freshmen making NCAA splash



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



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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