Kitchener, ON's Jamal Murray. (PHOTO: Associated Press)

Kitchener, ON’s Jamal Murray. (PHOTO: Associated Press)

Here are the Canadian men who’ll be heading to post season tournaments this year …

The NCAA Tournament

South

Southern – D’Adrian Allen

Hawaii – Stefan Jankovic

Buffalo – Jarryn Skeete, Rodell Wigginton, Stefan Duric (Redshirt)

West

Oregon – Dillon Brooks, Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis

Green Bay – Tevin Findlay

Oregon St – Malcolm Duvivier

Oklahoma – Dinjiyl Walker

Mississuaga, ONs Dillon Brooks. (PHOTO: Scott Olmos, USA Today Sports)

Mississuaga, ONs Dillon Brooks. (PHOTO: Scott Olmos, USA Today Sports)

East

Providence – Junior Lomomba

Kentucky – Jamal Murray, Mychal Mulder

Weber St – Cody John

Midwest

Virginia – Marial Shayok

Ark-Little Rock – Kemy Osse

Iowa St – Naz Long (Recovering from surgery, will not play)

Seton Hall – Braeden Anderson

Gonzaga – Kyle Wiltjer, Dustin Triano

Dayton – Dyshawn Pierre

The Player to Watch:

Jamal Murray – The likely first round NBA Draft pick come June needs to show that he’s 1) able to play the point; 2) can put up big scoring numbers more efficiently.  Other than that, this stage was what he was made for.

Dillon Brooks – After his incredible season for Oregon, there will be plenty of scouts watching him closely.  It’s not unreasonable for him to test the Draft waters after the Tournament and a good run here could put him in a position to see his name on the big board.

Chris Boucher – The problem with very good defensive players with O game is that teams will usually play to the D first. This could be his way to play into an NBA summer league team, if he doesn’t get that fourth year of eligibility that is.

Stefan Jankovic – Jankovic has been playing on a mid-major stage all year and now he has a chance to really show out to the biggest audience he can.  As the Big West Conference player of the year he could play himself into a favorable position (think second round spot), even if he’s not coming up on mock Draft boards.

Kyle Wiltjer – I wouldn’t call it a fall from grace but it’s safe to say that Wiltjer has come down to basketball earth this season.  He was outshined by teammate Domantas Sabonis about two-thirds of the season and the NCAAs, which he’s really showed how good he was in the past, could be his shot at getting a few looks at a possible NBA spot.

Others to Watch:  Dyshawn Pierre, Junior Fortunat

Toronto's Xavier Rathan-Mayes. (PHOTO: USA Today Sports)

Toronto’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes. (PHOTO: USA Today Sports)

National Invitational Tournament

Region 1

St Bonaventure – Nelson Kaputo

Region 2

Valparaiso – Tevonn Walker, Max Joseph

Florida St – Xavier Rathan-Mayes

New Mexico St – Matthew Taylor, Jalyn Pennie, Tanveer Bhullar, Rashone Browne

Region 3

South Carolina – Duane Notice

Washington – Matthew Atewe

San Diego St – Teki Gill-Ceasar (Transfer Student), Nolan Narain

Region 4

Bucknell – Kimball Mackenzie

Players to Watch:

Xavier Rathan-Mayes – Last year, he was considering entering the NBA Draft.  This year, it would be crazy for him to.  Despite playing in the NIT, XRM should be able to remind folks that he was good enough as a freshman to consider the jump.  That and he passes the ball more too.

Duane Notice – Notice is good enough to start on half the Southeastern Conference teams but has been coming off the bench most of the season.  Expect him to start the first game and stay in the starting lineup if South Carolina advances.

Others to Watch: Tanveer Bhullar, Tevonn Walker

Toronto's Trae Bell-Haynes. (PHOTO: Brian Jenkins, Burlington Free Press)

Toronto’s Trae Bell-Haynes. (PHOTO: Brian Jenkins, Burlington Free Press)

College Basketball Invitational

Duquesne – Jordan Robinson

Albany – Richard Peters

Seattle – Jadon Cohee, Manroop Clair

UNC-Greensboro – Jelani Moford

Western Carolina – Haboubacar Mutumbo

Vermont – Trae Bell-Haynes, Drew Urquhart

Player to Watch:

Trae Bell-Haynes – Bell-Haynes has had a somewhat inconsistent season it seems playing well for stretches and then seeming to look more average others.  It will be interesting to see how he plays in this environment now.

Others to Watch:  Jadon Cohee, Drew Urquhart, Haboubacar Mutombo

Montreal's Joseph Chartouny. (PHOTO: Fordham Athletics)

Montreal’s Joseph Chartouny. (PHOTO: Fordham Athletics)

College Invitational Tournament

Grand Canyon – Grandy Glaze

Sam Houston St – Marc Andre Fortin

Furman – Isaiah Watkins

Ball St – Francis Kiapway

Fordham – Joseph Chartouny, Nemanja Zarkovic

Columbia – Grant Mullins, Chris McComber

Texas A&M – Corpus Cristi – Kareem South

Players to Watch:

Joseph Chartouny – If his rookie year is any indication Chartouny is going to be a star in the Atlantic-10 next season.  This tournament should open people’s eyes to how good he is now.

Grant Mullins – This is Mullins’ last run for the Lions since he will be transferring after this season for his senior year.  Expect lots of points.

Others to Watch:  Grandy Glaze, Francis Kiapway

Ray Bala

Written by Ray Bala

Can Ball Ray has been a freelance writer for a few years and Canadian basketball junkie since the he found out Rowan Barrett was heading to St. John's on a full ride. He's spent many sleepness nights and many billable hours searching and tracking the many Canucks that play basketball online. When he's not writing about the game in Canada he's looking for new basketball sneakers or searching for vintage Nike Flight suits online ... or changing diapers.

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2 thoughts on “Canadian Men in the NCAA Post Season

  1. jp says:

    How can Jamal Murray show he can play the point when that’s Tyler Ulis’s job? What he has to show is that he’s more than a 3 point shooter i.e. get to the hoop and make shots off the dribble more consistently in my view.

    1. Tariq Sbiet Tariq Sbiet says:

      I agree JP, its gonna be tough for him to show that in this environment. But as I’ve said for years now, Murray will be a long-term combo guard in the NBA, a guy that can play either perimeter position, and will ultimately be able to run a team. He loves to score it, but also has great leadership qualities and intangibles. He will need to continue to grow in terms of decision making (for the PG spot in the L) but in the meantime, I say we enjoy the show with him as a bonafide bucket getter.

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