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Creighton BlueJays on 2013 March Madness business trip



The Creighton Bluejays basketbal team came to St Louis on a business trip. The trip was all about coming to St Louis to win the MVC Missiouri valley championships. The Bluejays had to really dial down in the last 3 weeks to try and regain the form that has seen them rise to as high # 12 in the national poles.

Creighton’s arrival and stay in St Louis was shrouded in secrecy, as the players were under tight schedules and restrictions.
players were relieved of their cell phones, I pads and other communications gear.

The Bluejays were very methodical in the first 2 games of the MVC tournament, with players stepping up and getting back in the groove just at the right time.

After an episode of planes, trains and automobiles, We arrived in St Louis, MO on Friday morning with enough time to check in to the hotel, get a bite to eat and get to the game. Now that is holding it down big boy style.

Creighton layed the smack down on Drake, than proceeded to dismantle Indiana State (alma mater of Larry Bird). Jahenns had a great individual battle with former NEDA and team Canada member Mangisto Arop. Arop got his individually, by taking shots from all over the half acre.

Jahenns blanketed Arop whenever it was his defensive assignment, and did a great job getting his other teammates involved. Jahenns is definitely the spark that makes the Bluejays go.

In the Championship game, the Bluejays stayed in command the whole game by having players execute their roles and step up Huge. Ethan Wragge hit 5 treys in the game, Greg Eghenique was a beast on the boards and rejecting shots. Doug McDermott was just Doug, even though his scoring was down in this game. Doug was named the MVP of the tournament for the second consecutive year.

Lots of chatter down hear about Doug McDermott leaving early for the NBA draft, and the Creighton Bluejays leaving the MVC and moving to the Big East. Both of these issues are huge, and time will tell how both things play out. stay tuned.

Lastly, even though my opinion my be slightly biased, Jahenns played a monster game today. It is the kind of game and the kind of stat line that a phoenix guy grows up having, and produces on whatever team he is on. Jahenns was a force on both ends of the floor.
see stats below. 39 minutes (this guy is a beast)
The 3 pointer late in the game and then the driving layup with 11 seconds sealed the deal and punched Creighton’s ticket to the NCAA big dance, by virtue of and automatic bid.

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I got to see Jahenns on the floor right after the game, and I got to spend a little time with Jahenns and Doug McDermott back at the hotel. The team plans for the rest of the day were:

Ice down, and treat any injuries
Put on their recovery pants
Dinner in one of the upstairs ballrooms
Pack, and head for St Louis airport
Arrive in Omaha at around 11:30pm, central time.
Take a couple of days off.
Get up Wednesday morning at school. and do it again, as they prepare for whoever they play in the NCAA tournament.

Again, it very emotional seeing Jahenns down on the floor right after the game. This meeting was more of a relief for Jahenns, because he had been struggling with his scoring in the past month. Jahenns told me that he had not scord a point agains Witchata State in their 2 previous meetings. Well, he took care of that today. Leading the team in scoring with 16 pts.

This was a successful trip, and it has only energized me for our upcoming season. Let go get it.

HOME TEAM: Creighton 27-7; 13-5 MVC

## Player Name                  FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 McDermott,Doug…… f    5-13         0-3         4-5       0    4     4      3   14    0  2    0    0  28
00 Echenique,Gregory… c  3-7           0-0         3-4       7    4     11    4     9    1  2    6    0  32
01 Chatman,Austin…… g    0-5           0-2         1-2       0    2      2     1     1    7  1    0    2  36
10 Gibbs,Grant……… g       3-6           2-2          3-5      1    5      6      3   11   7  1    0    0  36
12 Manigat,Jahenns….. g   6-11         4-8          0-0      0    5      5      2   16   3  2    1    0  39

Coach Dub,
Heading South to the Indiana/ Kentucky border


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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Kia Nurse & Legendary UConn Huskies Canadian Homecoming



Kia Nurse Legendary Uconn Huskies Canadian Homecoming

Here is a first in Canadian Basketball? A rare NCAA Division I regular season women’s game as the UConn Huskies played the Dusquene Danes in Toronto. The rare event marked a Canadian home coming for star played Kia Nurse (Hamilton/ON).

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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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