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Florida St. Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes 35 points on UNC Tarheels

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Florida St. Freshman Xavier Rathan-Mayes 35 points on UNC Tarheels

When it comes to confidence and swagger on the NCAA scene, you’ll be hard pressed to find another Canadian basketball player with more confidence, ambition and killer instinct than Xavier Rathan-Mayes. After being forced out to sit out a year for eligibility (academic) reasons the Scarborough baller has been certainly stamped his name on map with this cold-blooded 35-point performance on the legendary North Carolina Tar Heels.

The Seminoles lost the game 78-74 but certainly not because of Rathan-Mayes who shot 14-of-26 from the floor and added four rebounds and five assists in his big come-out party at Chapel Hill.

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Rathan-Mayes poured in 11 points in the final minute to keep Florida St. within striking distance and 5-of-11 from three’s en route to setting a new school record for points scored in a game by a freshman. Duke’s J.J. Redick was the last to drop 35 points on North Carolina’s home court back in 2006.

“Truthfully I didn’t even know I had 35, but it’s a blessing,” Rathan-Mayes said. “This is something I prepared for my whole life – to be able to step on to a stage like North Carolina and perform at such a high level.

“My teammates embraced me. I was feeling it early, and my teammates were encouraging me to be aggressive and encouraging me to keep doing what I was doing for us to win this game. It was a good night, but wish we could’ve won.”

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Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils

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Montreals Luguentz Dort Arizona State Sun Devils

Five star Canadian Guard Lugentz 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.

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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).

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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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