Funny, Valentine isn’t Magic or Green but he’s more of a Spartan than 300 men!
This.Is.The.Future. Michigan star Denzel Valentine is about to claw away at this game like a Wolverine. Hold on bub! Wrong state! Different maize! But Marvel at this young point who could one day lead his own fab five to hip hoops notoriety.
Right now we might be in the bracketology of madness this March but nothing is as crazy as this middle of last month players game. He’s about to rack them up…opponents, accolades, team caps…scouts honour!
Right now everyone is declaring Ben Simmons as the future of basketball like anyone with the initals B. Simmons is going to rewrite the book of this game. But B isn’t the only young point, God to be with the ball on the tip of his finger.
Just wait until Denzel Valentine’s best in the game name is called by the draft board linings of Silver. Then Adam won’t have to worry about that big, red apple in the garden of basketball eden…but whoevers touching the peach.
Following in the legendary footsteps of the greatest Magic Johnson’s Showtime and the Most Improved, championed Draymond Green, this Michigan Spartan is about to cobbler fashion his sneaking way to the basket, fruit or punch. This Denzel is a man on fire looking for glory to the award. He’s unstoppable like a hurricane when he takes flight. How could you ever hate Valentine when he plays with so much college hall, hallmarked heart?
There’s nothing like young love!
But it isn’t blind. Take a little look closer and you will see this vision doesn’t see through rose tints. His biggest skill set is his real world and time thinking and mental approach to this game. Just like a true leader and floor general practices, behind the aviators superstar players prefer to see life through. Denzel sees through it all. All the X’s and O’s. All the b.s. All the way to the win and the fortunate future of not only his team but his own…no matter what frachise he’ll put first like the front of his jersey, before his own name. Valentine’s passion can not be denied…you see him kissing the Spartan helmet centre court.
The 6,5, 23 year old (when he was born his acting first namesake was making Oscar moves in ‘Philadelphia’ with Tom Hanks) Sports Illustrated Player Of The Year is about to rewrite all you’re about to read about. The kid they call ‘Zel isn’t just garnering visonary Earvin Johnson comparisons. He’s also invoking inspirations of Jason Kidd and even Bob Cousy. Some of the elite few best ball handlers to ever touch the rock…now you just know his future like any team he’s given the driving force wheel of is in safe hands.
Just hold on…he’s coming. Like the ball to the basket. Like blood to your heart.
Beat by beat.
Like February 14th for All-Star lovers, in the big leagues Valentine is about to have his day thanks to the green.
Syracuse Oshae Brissett delivers massive Rack Attack on Miami Hurricanes
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.
New wave of Canadian 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 – 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.
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 Hokies
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
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 – 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.
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to 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.
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.
— Luguentz Dort (@luguentz) October 19, 2017
— Athlete Institute (@AI_Academy) October 19, 2017
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