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Andrew Wiggins, Melvin Ejim, Nik Stauskas & Tyler Ennis highlight 27 Canadians In 2014 NCAA March Madness

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From a 100-plus Canadians down to 27. The 2014 NCAA March Madness brackets have been announced! We now know the teams, seedings and players, below is a breakdown of every single Canadian participating in the 2014 NCAA March Madness tournament.

Andrew Wiggins – Freshman | No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (24-9, 14-4 Big 12)
Representing: Thornhill, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 32.6 MPG, 17.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 15 Eastern Kentucky Colonels (24-9, 11-5 OVC)

Melvin Ejim – Senior | No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones (26-7, 11-7 Big 12)
Representing: Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 31.9 MPG, 18.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.2 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 14 North Carolina Central Eagles (28-5, 15-1 MEAC)

Nik Stauskas – Sophomore | No. 2 Michigan Wolverines (25-8, 15-3 Big Ten)
Representing: Mississauga, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 35.3 MPG, 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.3 APG
First-Round Matchup: No. 15 Wofford Terriers (20-12, 11-5 Southern)

Tyler Ennis – Freshman | No. 3 Syracuse Orange (27-5, 14-4 ACC)
Representing: Brampton, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 35.6 MPG, 12.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.6 APG, 2.1 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos (20-12, 11-5 Southern)

Jordan Bachynski – No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils (21-11, 10-8 Pac-12)
Representing: Calgary, Alb.
2013-2014 Stats: 30.8 MPG, 11.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.1 BPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 7 Texas Longhorns (23-10, 11-7 Big 12)

Dwight Powell – Senior | No. 10 Stanford Cardinal (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12)
Representing: Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 32.6 MPG, 14.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.3 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 7 New Mexico Lobos (27-6, 15-3 MW)

Daniel Mullings – Junior | No. 13 New Mexico State Aggies (26-9, 12-4 WAC)
Representing:
Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 33.2 MPG, 16.8 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.9 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 4 San Diego State (29-4, 16-2 MW)

Sim Bhullar – Sophomore | No. 13 New Mexico State Aggies (26-9, 12-4 WAC)
Representing: Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 26.2 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 3.4 BPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 4 San Diego State (29-4, 16-2 MW)

Kevin Pangos – Junior | No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-6, 15-3 WCC)
Representing: Holland Landing, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 34.9 MPG, 14.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.0 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (21-12, 8-10 Big 12)

Dyshawn Pierre – Sophomore | No. 11 Dayton Flyers (23-10, 10-6 A10)
Representing: Whitby, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 26.8 MPG, 11.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.5 APG
First-Round Matchup: No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes (25-9, 10-8 Big Ten)

Kenny Chery – Junior | No. 6 Baylor Bears (24-11, 9-9 Big 12)
Representing: Montreal, Que.
2013-2014 Stats: 28.9 MPG, 11.6 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.0 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No.11 Nebraska (19-12, 11-7 Big Ten)

Jason Calliste – Senior | No. 7 Oregon Ducks (23-9, 10-8 Pac-12)
Representing: Scarborough, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 26.4 MPG, 12.4 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.1 SPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 10 BYU Cougars (23-11, 13-5 WCC)

Brady Heslip – Senior | No. 6 Baylor Bears (24-11, 9-9 Big 12)
Representing: Burlington, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 27.0 MPG, 11.8 PPG, 1.3 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No.11 Nebraska (19-12, 11-7 Big Ten)

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Laurent Rivard – Senior | No. 12 Harvard Crimson (26-4, 13-1 Ivy)
Representing: St. Bruno, Que.
2013-2014 Stats: 33.6 MPG, 10.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats (27-6, 15-3 AAC)

Renaldo Dixon – Senior | No. 13 New Mexico State Aggies (26-9, 12-4 WAC)
Representing:
Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 25.0 MPG, 8.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 4 San Diego State (29-4, 16-2 MW)

Jahenns Manigat – Senior | No. 3 Creighton BlueJays (26-7, 14-4 Big East)
Representing: Ottawa, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 28.2 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.9 APG
First-Round Matchup: No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (23-11, 11-7 Sun Belt)

Stefan Nastic – Junior | No. 10 Stanford Cardinal (21-12, 10-8 Pac-12)
Representing: Thornhill, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 19.2 MPG, 7.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.2 APG
First-Round Matchup: No. 7 New Mexico Lobos (27-6, 15-3 MW)

Naz Long – Sophomore | No. 3 Iowa State Cyclones (26-7, 11-7 Big 12)
Representing: Mississauga, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 19.9 MPG, 7.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.2 APG
First-Round Matchup: No. 14 North Carolina Central Eagles (28-5, 15-1 MEAC)

Nick Wiggins – Senior | No. 1 Wichita State Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC)
Representing: Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 15.1 MPG, 5.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 16 TBD

Chadrack Lufile – Senior | No. 1 Wichita State Shockers (34-0, 18-0 MVC)
Representing: Burlington, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 16.6 MPG, 5.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 16 TBD

Richard Amardi – Senior | No. 7 Oregon Ducks (23-9, 10-8 Pac-12)
Representing: Scarborough, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 16.1 MPG, 6.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 10 BYU Cougars (23-11, 13-5 WCC)

Dylan Ennis – Sophomore | No. 11 Villanova Wildcats (28-4, 16-2 Big East)
Representing: Brampton, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 16.6 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.7 APG
First-Round Matchup: No. 15 Milwaukee Panthers (21-13, 7-9 Horizon)

Grandy Glaze – Junior | No. 5 St. Louis Billikens (26-6, 13-3 A 10)
Representing: Toronto, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 13.4 MPG, 4.0 PPG, 4.8 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 12 TBD

Agunwa Okolie – Sophomore | No. 12 Harvard Crimson (26-4, 13-1 Ivy)
Representing: Ajax, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 9.2 MPG, 2.8 PPG, 1.6 RPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats (27-6, 15-3 AAC)

Jaylen Babb-Harrison – Sophomore | No. 12 Eastern Kentucky (24-9, 11-5 OVC)
Representing: Ajax, Ont.
2013-2014 Stats: 2.2 MPG, 2.2 PPG
First-Round Matchup: No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (24-9, 14-4 Big 12)

Patrick Steeves- Sophomore | No. 12 Harvard Crimson (26-4, 13-1 Ivy)
Representing: Montreal, Que..
2013-2014 Stats: Did not play or did not accumulate any stats.
First-Round Matchup: No. 5 Cincinnati Bearcats (27-6, 15-3 AAC)

Kyle Wiltjer – Junior |  No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-6, 15-3 WCC)
Representing: Portland, OR
2013-2014 Stats: Redshirting (Transfer)
First-Round Matchup: No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (21-12, 8-10 Big 12)

Dustin Triano – Freshman No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-6, 15-3 WCC)
Representing: Vancouver, B.C
2013-2014 Stats: Redshirting
First-Round Matchup: No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys (21-12, 8-10 Big 12)

Justin Edwards – Junior No. 9 Kansas State Wildcats (20-12, 10-8 Big 12)
Representing: Redshirting (Transfer)
First-Round Matchup: No. 8 (24-10, 12-6 SEC)

 

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Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes

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Syracuse Oshae Brissett Delivers Massive Rack Attack On Miami Hurricanes
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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

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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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