Clearly, the attention for Canadian NCAA Basketball fans is centred around the Texas Longhorns and their Canadian freshmen duo of Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson. #25 Texas Longhorns opened up the 2010-11 NCAA basketball season with an impressive victory over Navy Midshipmen 83-52.
Coach Rick Barnes started with Cory Joseph at the point guard position with Tristan Thompson coming off the bench. Both Canadian players made their presence felt early on, as Thompson checked in at the 4th-minute mark and Cory wasted no time in helping his long-time teammate get on the score sheet.
For Thompson that was just the start he needed, he’s strong interior play and his commitment to the weight room showed as he occasionally outmuscled the Navy front line on his way to a respectable NCAA debut as he finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds on 4/9 shooting in just 25 minutes of floor time. 10 of those points came in the first half where the game was relatively competitive.
One area of concern for Thompson was his foul shooting as he went a sour 4/10.
It’s fair to say that Navy’s big men aren’t anywhere near the level of talent that Tristan and the Longhorns will face once the season gets going full throttle, but we look forward to seeing Tristan’s development against the NCAA elites. The Longhorns have games against traditional powerhouses Illinois, North Carolina and Michigan State.
Cory Joseph saw limited action (25 minutes) due to foul trouble but showed his all-around ability crafting up 5 points, (2/7 FG, 0/3 3FG) 4 rebounds, 3 assists. It will be interesting to see how many minutes Coach Barnes will give his young freshmen. It was also evident that he will have to bulk up to better defend the stronger NCAA guards, something that will come as he develops.
Texas has a long tradition of producing great NBA players at both the guard and forward positions. DJ Augustin and Kevin Durant come to mind when thinking of Joseph and Thompson?
Okay, that may be a far fetched comparison at least the Durant point, but Cory Joseph does resemble a bit of DJ Augustin.
Are we on the verge of seeing yet another great Texas tandem?
Canadian Addison Patterson commits to Oregon Ducks
Canadian shooting guard Addison Patterson (Milton, Ont.) has committed to the Oregon Ducks.
The 6’7″, 205-pound guard from Bella Vista Prep in Arizona reclassified from the class of 2020, opting to fast track his NBA aspirations by committing to Dana Altman and the Ducks.
Patterson averaged 17 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Canada at the 2018 U17 World Cup in Argentina.
The four-star versatile wing is two-time Biosteel All-Canadian – In 2018, as 16-year-old and the youngest player on the court he point-up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and took home the MVP award at the 2019 most valuable player award — dropping a game-high 24 points in 22 minutes, adding, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 8-of-15 shooting.
The the recently turned 18-year old Canadian joins NCAA College Basketball’s top recruiting class that also boasts five-star recruits in center in N’Faly Dante and small forward C.J Walker. Oregon bowed out in the Sweet 16 to 2019 NCAA champions Virgina Cavaliers.
Patterson also averaged 16.5 points per game on the AAU circuit with Team WhyNot and had various offers including Florida, Arizona State, Illinois and Iowa, Oklahoma, Syracuse and more.
The Ducks have produced two recent Canadian NBA products in Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) and have been scooping-up Canadian basketball talent – earning commitments to the Ducks program from the likes of Abu Kigab (St. Catharines), Dylan Ennis (Brampton), Kenny Chery (Montreal).
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.
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