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K-State Wildcats land promising Canadian guard Juevol Myles

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Eddie Barnes, who coaches point guard Juevol Myles at Tallahassee Community College. He confirmed Myles visited K-State this weekend, but they haven’t had a chance to discuss the visit in detail.

“We’ve just talked in passing,” Barnes said. “We really haven’t had time to sit down. I usually give ’em a day or two after they get back to let the bells and whistles wear off.”

Barnes said he’ll meet with Myles later in the week, but he doesn’t think a decision is imminent.

“He’s still weighing the options,” Barnes said. “He’s still got a visit to Nebraska.”

The story on Myles: He’s a 6-foot-1 point guard who averaged 12 points and 3.7 assists for Tallahassee this season. He shot 36 percent from 3-point range and 40 percent from the floor.

“As a player, he’s just a solid point guard,” Barnes said. “He’s pass first, can make open shots, can run the show. He’s very strong — 6-1, 190 pounds. His assist to turnover ratio is really good.”

Myles hails from Ontario, and he signed with Louisiana Tech out of high school. He enrolled at Tallahassee because of Clearinghouse issues, but he has three years of eligibility remaining after finishing his academic work ahead of schedule.

“He came to us at Christmas, so we were a semester ahead,” Barnes said. “He’s a good student. When we got the first semester done and a little bit of the summer sat down and talked.”

Myles is another name in the mix for K-State’s final 2010 scholarship. The Wildcats signed three players in the fall.

The fourth and final scholarship for Kansas State’s 2009-10 recruiting class has been filled. Juevol Myles, a freshman from Tallahassee Community College, told the Mercury by phone today that he verbally committed to the Wildcats Monday night and will sign his letter of intent today after visiting Manhattan this past weekend.

“I just talked to coach (Frank) Martin and coach (Matt) Figger last night,” Myles said. “Coach Martin said that he was in the gym and that I made his night. Coach Figger, the same way. I think we know how special the team is going to be next year and I just want to be a part of that.”

Myles, who will have three seasons to play three at K-State, said it was the fan support he saw while on his visit that convinced him Manhattan was the place for him.

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“It was a bunch of various things that happened,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound point guard. “I visited George Washington the weekend before and I kind of got a good feeling for them but I went over to Kansas State and the guys on and off the court welcomed me, the coaching staff was very kind and the fan support in Manhattan was big.”

Myles, who grew up in a small suburb just outside of Ontario, Canada, said Manhattan reminded him of his hometown.

“Small town. I like it. It kind of has that at-home feeling for me because where I’m from in Canada,” he said. “But the big thing was the fan support and I could see that Kansas State had a lot of supporters.”

During his freshman season at Tallahassee Community College, Myles averaged 12.1 points and 3.7 assists per game while averaging a 2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio. Myles shot 40 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point distance on the season

“I’m basically a pass-first point guard that can do various things,” he said.

Myles said he was told by the coaching staff he would play primarily point guard, which would give the Wildcats the opportunity to keep Jacob Pullen at the two-guard if things go as planned.

“They didn’t promise me a starting spot or playing time but they said the opportunity is there and that’s basically all I needed to hear — that there’s an opportunity where I’m going and where I can impact a team right away,” he said.

“My job is to run the team kind of like (Denis) Clemente did here.”

Myles originally signed with Louisiana Tech out of high school before ending up in community college. The guard said it had to do with NCAA clearinghouse problems.

“I put myself into the clearinghouse because Canadian players can go to high school for five years but they changed the rule after my fourth year that certain courses weren’t allowed in my fifth year so things got messed up there,” Myles said.

“But I was trying to get it appealed so I could go to Louisiana Tech. I was just waiting around at home for a couple months but it didn’t go through.”

Myles, who was set to visit Oklahoma this weekend and Nebraska the following weekend, has cancelled those visits.

He said he expects to arrive in Manhattan in July and begin working out right away.

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Canadian Addison Patterson commits to Oregon Ducks

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Canadian Basketball Player Addison Patterson Commits To Oregon Ducks
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Canadian shooting guard Addison Patterson (Milton, Ont.) has committed to the Oregon Ducks.

The 6’7″, 205-pound guard from Bella Vista Prep in Arizona reclassified from the class of 2020, opting to fast track his NBA aspirations by committing to Dana Altman and the Ducks.

Patterson averaged 17 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Canada at the 2018 U17 World Cup in Argentina.

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Addison Patterson Bella Vista Prep – Photo – USA Today

The four-star versatile wing is two-time Biosteel All-Canadian – In 2018, as 16-year-old and the youngest player on the court he point-up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and took home the MVP award at the 2019 most valuable player award — dropping a game-high 24 points in 22 minutes, adding, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 8-of-15 shooting.

2018 All-Canadian – Youngest player

The the recently turned 18-year old Canadian joins NCAA College Basketball’s top recruiting class that also boasts five-star recruits in center in N’Faly Dante and small forward C.J Walker. Oregon bowed out in the Sweet 16 to 2019 NCAA champions Virgina Cavaliers.

Patterson also averaged 16.5 points per game on the AAU circuit with Team WhyNot and had various offers including Florida, Arizona State, Illinois and Iowa, Oklahoma, Syracuse and more.

2019 Biosteel All-Canadian MVP

The Ducks have produced two recent Canadian NBA products in Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) and have been scooping-up Canadian basketball talent – earning commitments to the Ducks program from the likes of Abu Kigab (St. Catharines), Dylan Ennis (Brampton), Kenny Chery (Montreal).

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Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again

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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.

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James Naismith Classic NCAA triple-header to feature big names

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James Naismith Classic Toronto Ncaa Basketball

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 soil.

According to multiple reports, and now officially released a massive six-team, non-conference, regular-season triple-header clash is set for Saturday, November 16th, 2019 in Toronto at the Scotiabank Arena.

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.

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Eugene Omoruyi set to clash with South Carolina Gamecocks in Toronto – Photo: Rutgers

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 Noah Kirkwood and Corey Johnson. Buffalo’s Dominic Johnson (Windsor, Ont.) would round-out the potential list.

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.

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Noah Kirkwood controls the pace against Georgetown Hoyas – Photo: Harvard Athletics

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.

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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.†

Lamonte Turner Tennessee Volunteers Toronto NCAA Basketball Triple Header
Lamonte Turner & Tennessee Volunteers featured in Toronto NCAA Basketball Triple Header

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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