The University of Wake Forest Deamon Deacons will visit Canada for a two-game NCAA vs. CIS basketball exhibition series against the Brock Badgers and Ryerson Rams.
The Deamon Deacons will play the Brock Badgers on Friday Oct. 19th and the Ryerson Rams on Saturday Oct. 20th 2011.
This is the first time the Demon Deacons have crossed the border into Canada and Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik understands the importance of getting his team ready for the 2012-13 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) season.
Wake Forest struggled last year and finished at the bottom of the ACC standings with a conference record of 4-13 and to close out the year at 13-18 overall.
Despite the struggles, the Demon Deacons, boasts two talented players in Junior Travis Mckie (16.1 PPG) and Senior C.J Harris (16.7 PPG).
The Ryerson Rams are coming off of their best season in the programs history, bench boss Roy Rana led his team all the way to the CIS Final 8 (Canada’s March Madness) after posting a 24-19 overall record which was good enough to finish five games over .500% at 13-9 in Ontario University Association (OUA) conference games.
The Rams return a more experienced group and are lead by Junior guards Jahmal Jones (15.4 PPG, 4.3 APG) and Jordan Gauthier (15.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG).
Ryerson went 0-5 in games against NCAA teams in 2011-12, dropping games by a wide margin – at home against the Baylor Bears 71-93, including the road games against Rhode Island 66-97, Stanford 47-100 and the Santa Clara Broncos 60-91.
The Brock Badgers squeezed in the OUA West Playoffs and lost a hard-fought CIS Men’s Basketball playoff road game against the Windsor Lancers. The Badgers are coached by third-year head Brad Rootes (Former All-Star player with the Badgers) and will look to build on last years campaign.
Junior guard Didi Mukendi (CIS ROY) averages 11.5 points per game and will once again be the focus for the Badgers.
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.
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.
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