Patrick Ewing, Tim Hardaway, Glen Rice…even Larry Nance Jr. A lot of NBA greats have son namesakes making the back of their jersey their own in this game. But one who has the Glove handed down to him is really holding court.
Gary Payton II.
It sounds like a sequel. But don’t call it a sophomore slump. The freshest man is going to be here for years. Think of it as a reboot in this superhero, blockbuster age of ultra.
Gary Payton was one of the greatest guards of all-time and now he’s passing his point on to his next generation. The former Seattle Supersonics legend who won a ring with the Miami Heat and also logged time with the storied Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics during his classic career. The defensive dog could even hold down the G.O.A.T. Michael Jordan.
Now that’s a Glove that fits.
But his ever rising son may just grow out of it. The 23, 6-foot-3, P.G. G.P.2 can knock on more than wood. More like glass as this Oregon State Beaver can chip, clean and swipe a dunk.
Now Oregon is for basketball lovers again as this guy is ripping it like Damian Lillard is keeping the PDX of Portland as much as a wonder as the city of roses is weird.
As vibrant as the orange this man wears Gary Payton Jr. is second to none. At sonic speeds he’s like an athletic upgrade of pops. Albeit with that defensive pedigree in his hands. He can still hound your dog like Elvis Presley. That’s what two-time Pac 12 Defensive Player Of The Year awards honour you with. Certification.
Way to hold up the family name. First and foremost.
Shaq’s son. King James’ young prince. These kids alright, they are all doing it. It’s like a court creiche out there making everyone else look like dummys.
Like father, like Glove…you have to love pop and son stories. It’s what this game was built on from the backyard one-on-ones that show whose got game and whose got good genes.
The senior from the bald domed M.J. era couldn’t be prouder of the reputation his Iverson inked son is tattooing in the NCAA right now. And with a rolodex game of 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2 and a half steals per game it won’t be long before the NBA calls.
Elfrid who? Now it wont be long before the league welcomes young Gary Payton too.
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.