Ottawa, Ont – A night after taking 31 shot attempts against the Indiana Hoosiers and coming up on the short end of a 2014 opening season defeat Thomas Scrubb took half the shots (13), wound-up with a triple-double (20 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) and led the Carleton Ravens to a hard fought 74-66 win over a motivated and well prepared Vermont Catamounts squad from the NCAA’s American East division.
The fourth-year senior forward from Vancouver, B.C continue to show flashes of brilliance after his recent stint with the Canadian Senior Men’s National team. Unlike the opener against Indiana, Scrubb let game come to him and played under control throughout on his way to his first ever career triple-double in a Ravens uniform.
Ravens guard Connor Wood came up huge on offense in the fourth quarter for the Ravens, drilling three of his six triples in a tight and well played affair to help the 10-time CIS champs close out Vermont. and avoid a 0-2 preseason start. Wood finished with a game-high 24-points on 9-of-17 shooting.
“I found myself open a few times off of the iso-ball screens and knocked a few early shots and got in rhythm” discussed Wood during post the post game interview. Victor Raso also reached double-figures with 11 points on 3-of-11 triples.
Vermont continued to get solid production from Canadian freshman point-guard Trae Bell-Haynes by exposing the Ravens usual tough defense with a team-high 17 points on 7-10 shooting. Bell-Haynes played well after a rough shooting performance against the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
“Everyone is being supportive I had a bad game yesterday, coaches are being supportive and lifting you up, nobody is getting down on you, it’s like a big family.” commented Bell-Haynes on his overall experience with the Catamounts thus far.”
Fellow Canuck Drew Urquhart (Vancouver, BC) showed his toughness inside with 5 points and two blocks in 13 minutes off the pine and understands that he will to continue to develop if wants to see more minutes. ” I’ve become tougher since I’ve gotten here, right now I need to guard more positions in order to get more minutes.”
“Obliviously you are going to get made fun of if you have an accent so having two of us really helps, we have each others back, specially here in Canada when all the Americans are asking us what are (Loonies & Toonies)?” expressed Uruhart when asked to describe his current relationship with Bell-Haynes and his current experience with his new club.
Carleton got off to a better start by limiting the Catamounts to just 4-11 shooting to grabbed a 18-13 lead in a low scoring first quarter. Vermont ‘s Kurt Steidel dropped in eight points in the second quarter for the Catamounts who outscored the Ravens 24-21 in the quarter and trailed Carleton 39-37 when the second-quarter whistle sounded.
Playing without Head Coach Dave Smart and three-time CIS Most Valuable Philip Scrubb Carleton took control of the game in the third period on the solid play of Thomas Scrubb dominate quarter with eight points and five rebounds. Carleton outscored Vermont 19-12 and led comfortable at 58-49 at the end of three-quarters.
Vermont behind Trae-Bell-Haynes attacking and timely three-point shooting kept them in striking distance and despite outscoring Carleton 17-16 in last quarter the Catamounts dropped their second straight game to CIS opposition.
The Ravens (1-1) will see the return of Head Coach Dave Smart and MVP guard Philip Scrubb from International duty when it takes the visiting University of Chigaco Illinois on Thrusday at the Ravens Nest.
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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