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

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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

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

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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

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Five star Canadian Guard Luguentz 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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Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide Return To Canada

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Alabama Crimson Tide Avery Johnson Return To Canada

The Alabama Crimson Tide led by former NBA Head Coach Avery Johnson, a 16-year veteran and NBA champion point-guard during his playing days will bring his highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide to Canada for series of games against Canada’s top university basketball programs.

The Crimson Tide will visit both Montreal and Ottawa for a three-game exhibition schedule against McGill Redmen (Mon Aug 7), Carleton Ravens (Wed Aug 9) and the Ottawa Gee-Gees (Thu Aug 10).

The Tide competed hard last year and took a step in the right direction with a 19-15 record, 10-8 SEC record and have NCAA March Madness tournament aspirations thanks to solid recruiting class which ranks amongst the nations best.

Led by a talented crop of returning guards, Dazon Ingram (10.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG), Riley Norris (9 PPG, 3 RPG), the coaches son Avery Johnson Jr. and forwards Braxton Key the Tide will be a handful for the it’s Canadian opposition.

Key a 6’8″, 220 lbs flirted with the  2017 NBA draft after a stellar freshman season, the Charlotte, NC native led ‘Bama in scoring with 12 point per game and was second in rebounding at 5.7 per game. The Tide will also welcome incoming red-shirt sophomore 6’10”, 240lbs Daniel Giddens to a line-up that returns four starters.

Alabama anchored by current NBA player Alonzo Gee (Denver Nuggets) last visited Canada back in 2007 and finished with a record of 4-1 against the same exact teams, dropping a tight 83-72 decision against the Carleton Ravens who have won seven straight Canadian titles including 13-of the-last-15 championships.

Carleton’s signature win over Alabama was only their second ever against a NCAA division one team after 16-game losing streak from 1999 to 2006. The Ravens current record against NCAA teams in Canada stands at an impressive 26-23 (.531%) record.

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