NCAA Selection Sunday came and went and now we know the match-ups, players of all Canadians in the 2015 NCAA March Madness tournament. Below is a list of the 28 Canadians and their 18 respective teams that will get a shot at the “One shinning moment” in their quest for NCAA National championship. For comparison purposes 2014 had 27 players on 18 teams. Out of the total 28 players, sixteen are from Ontario, six from Quebec, two from British Columbia and additional representation across the country in Alberta, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
Dyshawn Pierre F | Junior | Ajax, Ont. – Dayton Flyers
Trey Lyles F | Freshman | Saskatoon, SK – Kentucky Wildcats
Dylan Ennis G | Sophomore | Brampton, Ont. – Villanova Wildcats
Jarryn Skeete G | Junior | Brampton, Ont. – Buffalo Bulls
Rodell Wigginton G | Junior | Dartmouth, NS – Buffalo Bulls
Jake Newman G | Sophomore | Surrey, B.C – Lafayette Leopards
Marial Shayok G | Freshman | Ottawa, Ont. – Virginia Cavaliers
Dinjiyl Walker G | Junior | Vaughan, Ont. – Oklahoma Sooners
Richard Peters C | Sophomore | Pickering Ont. – Albany Great Danes
Junior Lomomba G | Sophomore | Montreal QC. – Providence Friars
South Regional – 6 Canadians
Kevin Pangos G | Senior | Holland Landing, Ont. – Gonzaga Bulldogs
Kyle Wiltjer F | Junior | Portland, Ore. – Gonzaga Bulldogs
Naz Long – G | Junior | Mississauga, Ont. – Iowa State Cyclones
Kevin Zabo G | Freshman | Gatineau, QC – San Diego St. Aztecs
Dallin Bachynski C | Senior | Calgary, AB – Utah Utes
Dustin Triano G | Freshman | Vancouver, BC – Gonzaga Bulldogs
Midwest Regional – 7 Canadians
Daniel Mullings G | Senior | Toronto, Ont. – New Mexico State Aggies
Tevonn Walker G | Freshman | Montreal, QC – Valparaiso Crusaders
Max Joseph G | Freshman | Montreal, QC – Valparaiso Crusaders
Tanveer Bhullar C | Freshman | Toronto, Ont. – New Mexico State Aggies
Matt Taylor G | Freshman | Toronto, Ont. – New Mexico State Aggies
Jalyn Pennie G | Freshman | Toronto, Ont. – New Mexico State Aggies
Rashawn Browne G | Freshman | Toronto, Ont. – New Mexico State Aggies
West Regional – 5 Canadians
Dillon Brooks F | Freshman | Mississauga, Ont. – Oregon Ducks
Kenny Chery G | Senior | Montreal, QC – Baylor Bears
Agunwa Okolie G | Junior | Ajax, Ont. – Harvard Crimson
Chris Egi – F | Junior | Markham, Ont. – Harvard Crimson
Patrick Steeves G | Junior | Montreal, QC – Harvard Crimson
Ontario – 16
Quebec – 6
British Columbia – 2
Alberta – 1
Nova Scotia – 1
Saskatchewan – 1
Top Cities Breakdown
Toronto, Ont. – 6
Montreal, QC – 4
Mississauga, Ont. – 2
Ajax, Ont. – 2
Ottawa, Ont. – 1
Calgary, AB – 1
Freshman – 11
Sophomore – 4
Junior – 9
Senior – 3
Montreal’s Luguentz Dort commits to Arizona State Sun Devils
Five star Canadian Guard Luguentz 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.
Highly touted Alabama Crimson Tide 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).
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.