Get your brackets ready…it’s March!
Madness right? It only seems like yesterday we were ringing in the New Years or season. Still Bracketology is so crazy right now even President Obama gets involved from the Situation Room. But when you write your predictions out from your dorm make sure you sign it with a swoosh.
Nike just keep doing it when it comes to the game that doesn’t stop!
The leading sports apparel company that brought you the Air of Jordan aren’t short of endorsers. With everyone from Kobe to the King making their own Lion and Snake swoosh symbol signatures. But leaving the NBA behind somewhat for the month of basketball that is dominated by college hoops, Nike have a special NCAA campaign laying claim to these weeks.
Getting ready for the Big Dance in Houston, Texas, Nike with a hint of a Team Flight print advert, throwback testament are taking some of the NBA’s youngest and best stars back to a time when these young princes were just Cinderellas looking for the ball in a month that turns students into heroes.
This years number one draft pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves Karl Anthony-Towns is back repping for his University of Kentucky like it was last March and he was still trying to cut down nets after almost going unbeaten. The potential Rookie of the Year is joined in big U.K blue by fellow Wildcat alumnus DeMarcus Cousins who now relates to the throne as a King in Sacramento.
Those big stars are joined by the Golden State Warriors big third Draymond Green, as the Dub rocks his green Michigan Spartan duds. Standing alongside a player he faced in the NBA’s own court crazy, final playoff picture last season in the form of Cavalier Kyrie Irving who was the devil of a blue Duke player before Cleveland. The championship legendary, storied Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk represents for Gonzaga too for a sports brand that represents around 69% of the players participating in the flight for the Final Four in this following fortnight.
Toronto’s very own Demar DeRozan (USC) of the Canadian Raptors and the player that should have won the Slam Dunk Contest in the 6 with his Orlando Magic Mascot vertical Aaron Gordon (Arizona) round out the magnificent seven players honoring their alumnus colors in this homage. Still as Michael Jordan gives way to Air Gordon you can’t forget the legends and UConn’s own Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, to go with Tennessee’s Tamika Catchings leads the WNBA greats marching towards the big brass band beat of a season of bleeding colours and creeds, face paint skin deep.
The magic of this game and it’s kings and queens…it’s a kind of madness!
Canadian Addison Patterson commits to Oregon Ducks
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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