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Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports)
Over the first four games of the 2016-17 season, freshman forward Justin Jackson has put up two double-digit point performances, while helping Maryland to a 4-0 record. (Source: Tommy Gilligan – USA Today Sports)

The talent level of basketball players coming out of Canada over the past few years has been impressive, and there are no signs of that slowing down any time soon.

Several of the top recruits in the Class of 2017 are from the Great White North. Guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (#29 in ESPN’s Top 100) has committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, guard Lindell Wigginton (#49) has committed to the Iowa State Cyclones, and forward Christian David (#83) has committed to the Butler Bulldogs.

While the future is bright, the present is also just as bright for the game of basketball in Canada.

The 2016-17 season isn’t even two weeks old yet, but there are several Canadians who have looked impressive in the NCAA. Some are in their first years in Division I, while others are experienced leaders on championship contenders.

Here are just a few of the many Canadians who are budding stars in the NCAA. Continue reading Impact of Canadian Talent Being Felt All Across the NCAA Early in 2016-17

College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

Jairus Lyles averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game to help lead the UMBC Retrievers to two wins on opening weekend. (Source: NYC Buckets)
Jairus Lyles averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game to help lead the UMBC Retrievers to two wins on opening weekend. (Source: NYC Buckets)

The 2016-17 season is in full swing, and what an opening weekend we all witnessed!

On Friday alone, there were several upsets that saw power conference teams lose against teams they should have beaten. The biggest upset of the weekend came on Friday night, when the Wagner Seahawks went on the road and took down the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies.

Some teams have played two, or even three, games so far this year, while others have yet to play one. But, over the weekend, there were some impressive individual performances that were worthy of recognition.

So, with that, we decided to hand out some hardware for the first three days.

The UMBC Retrievers opened the season with two impressive wins over the weekend, and junior guard Jairus Lyles was a big factor in both of their wins.

Thanks to a 23-point, 6-rebound performance on Sunday afternoon against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, Jairus Lyles has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 11th-13th! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

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Nick Lindner is one of the marquee players in the Patriot League that nobody is talking about. He’s one of ten senior guards from across the country who will become household names by year’s end.
With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Three

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Two

Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he's one of ten senior guards who will be household names all year long. (Source: Tom Pennington - Getty Images)
Dedrick Basile was the talk of the town last March when he hit a buzzer-beater t osend the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners to the NCAA Tournament. This season, he’s one of ten senior guards who will be household names all year long. (Source: Tom Pennington – Getty Images)

With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to senior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the senior guards up into three parts.

Each will have 10 senior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

**Note: Justin Robinson burst onto the scene last season, and Quinton Hooker was named the CCR Player of the Year. Both didn’t make the list, as we feel that they are already household names on a much larger scale than some of the other senior guards.** Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Seniors, Part Two

Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors, Part One

New Mexico junior guard Elijah Brown is knocking on the door of national stardom, as are nine other guards from across the nation.
New Mexico junior guard Elijah Brown is knocking on the door of national stardom, as are nine other guards from across the nation.

With over 5,200 players slated to play collegiate basketball in Division I this season, there are talented players from coast to coast. Some of them are household names, while there are plenty of players who people haven’t heard of, but are demanding of your attention.

The majority of fans tend to focus on the power five conferences, turning a blind eye to the smaller programs. When you dig deeper, you’ll see that the non-power five schools have players who could just as easily play for a power conference program.

When it comes to junior guards in the NCAA, there are talented players from coast to coast. With so many players, it was nearly impossible to cut the list down to just 10 players without leaving star-calibre players off the list.

So, just like the folks over at The Hoops Column did with their lists of Non-Power Five Guards (Part 1Part 2Part 3) and Forwards (Part 1), we have broken the junior guards up into two parts.

Each will have 10 junior guards who will become household names in 2016-17, along with five others to keep a flag on as the season progresses.

Continue reading Non-Power Five Guards Who Will Be Household Names in 2016-17: Juniors, Part One

Three Canadian Freshmen Ready to Leave Their Mark on the NCAA

Koby McEwen (5) is one of several Canadians taking their talents to Division I in 2016-17, and is one of the premier talents ready to leave his mark on the NCAA. (Source: Hoops Hype)
Koby McEwen (5) is one of several Canadians taking their talents to Division I in 2016-17, and is one of the premier talents ready to leave his mark on the NCAA. (Source: Hoops Hype)

Over the past few years, Canada Basketball has been on the rise on several different levels. From Andrew Wiggins being one of the top young stars in the NBA, to a plethora of Canadians in the NCAA, there are talented players from all over the Great White North leaving their mark on the basketball world.

Heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season, Canadians are in the headlines once again. Dillon Brooks is our #3 player in all of college basketball, and he happens to be from the province of Alberta. Brooks is one of many Canadians looking to have a positive impact on the upcoming year.

The start of the season also marks the arrival of a new wave of Canadian talent in the NCAA. Several highly-touted freshmen are from Canada, and have accepted offers from schools all across the United States. They will all be looking to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Wiggins, Brooks, Kyle WiltjerAnthony Bennett, and plenty of others.

Below are three of the top Canadians who can have the biggest impact on the 2016-17 season.
Continue reading Three Canadian Freshmen Ready to Leave Their Mark on the NCAA