Charitable as it may seem, everytime Canyon Barry shoots a free throw the basket may aswell be the size of the Grand Canyon.
Fittingly the same wonder of the world that Canyon is named after, following his conception in the desert (yeah we know…it’s Brooklyn Beckham all over again). This Barry kids name that may even sound like a landmark in itself or famous character from the 70’s sort of is as this youngster is the son Golden State Warriors great and NBA legend Rick Barry. Yep, making him the younger brother of pros Jon, Brent, Drew (who almost has the same name as a famous Hollywood actress) and Scooter. That’s one hell of a family tree growing in Canyon. There’s water there too.
Underhandedly however it seems that Rick’s roll has handed down one specific trait to Canyon Barry that seems hereditary. And we aren’t talking about male patterned baldness. Although judging from Jon look out above Canyon. Maybe you chopped off those trademark alice band high school locks too soon. The ‘Top Knot’ is apparantly back in for some strange reason.
No we’re talking about the shooting style from the charity stripe that’s been passed down a generation, skipping only the other four brothers, despite being called the ‘Grandman Style’. No nothing to do with Charlotte Hornet legend Larry Johnson in a dress and spectacles, but something most ball players from the NCAA to the NBA find far more humiliating. Despite it’s Hawkeye accuracy. Excuse me! Let me clear my throat Shaq! Uh hum!
From Dwight Howard to DeAndre Jordan we have no idea why more big leaguers aren’t doing this. Because like Larry Nance and junior above the rim, like father and son this Barry ball boy method can not be beat. Near every time this Florida Gator scoops the orange the net snaps. 90 percentile. If that was an exam mark you’d be proud to bring it on home to your parents, but this is this kids shooting percentage.
It’s all in the wrists.
Some may scoff that it’s a little girly to throw a ball under armed, but man alive is it consistent. More like Under Armor. Save the over the arm shots for those who over reach, shooting the peach like a shot putt with a resounding thud. Or more like clunk! Such is the nature of bricks.
Because this tried and tested family recipe is one for success. It made sure Hall of Famer Rick Barry gave his all, 100% every single time he drew contact and went for the line for one, or two…or Basketball God’s of coaching forbid THREE!! And it’s turning his youngest son into a star worthy of the pages of Sports Illustrated in the MVP ready James Harden, Houston Rockets current cover.
With a Mamba mentality born from charity Canyon Barry looks ready to lift the Florida Gators and aid them out the swap of the madness of March and the forthcoming Final Four everytime he steps up to basketballs proverbial plate.
From courtside to the nosebleeds they all know the technique its been flowing for decades and generations. Take a look from up high down there. The Canyon is a site to behold when it looks good…
…and when it comes to a wonder of the world, when doesn’t it?
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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