College teammates Dillon Brooks and Chris Boucher have both inked NBA contracts.
At least one Canadian has now been selected in eight straight drafts.
The Houston Rockets selected Brooks with the 45th overall pick. They then immediately traded Brooks to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future second round pick.
Boucher, on the other hand, went undrafted only to be picked up by the 2017 NBA Champions. The Golden State Warriors signed Boucher to a two-year, two way contract minutes after the draft.
Dillon Brooks: Oregon Ducks 6’7 220 lb Small Forward
Brooks is a 21-year-old Mississauga, ON native who played his high school ball at Findley Prep in Henderson, Nevada.
The former CIA Bounce player put up great numbers through his three-year college career for the Oregon Ducks.
Brooks was awarded the 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year averaging 16.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his final year.
Brooks was second in scoring in the Pac-12 with 25.1 points per game only behind the number one overall pick, Markelle Fultz.
His excellent junior year help lead Oregon to the Final Four. He was a big reason why they were just seconds away from reaching the National Championship game. They ultimately lost to the champions North Carolina Tar Heels 77-76.
He was able to punish teams with his strength, skill and high basketball IQ. His good athleticism, above average strength and offensive versatility make him a bully on the offensive side.
Brooks is an ultra competitor and his high intensity can be a huge asset on the NBA level.
If Brooks is able to keep improving his already impressive perimeter shooting, he should have no problem making a name for himself in the NBA.
Chris Boucher: Oregon Ducks 6’10 200 lb Power Forward
Boucher is a 24-year-old Montreal, QC native where he attended Damase Boulanger high school in Alma, QC.
Boucher’s unusual journey to the NBA has been a story of patience and pain.
The Canadian started his college career playing for junior colleges in New Mexico and Wyoming before transferring to Oregon in his junior year.
Boucher became a key player for the Ducks in his first season. He became the first player in Pac-12 history to record 100 blocks and 35 three-pointers in the same season.
Boucher averaged 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during his senior season. In heartbreaking fashion, Boucher had his final season cut short when he tore his ACL in the Pac-12 tournament semi-finals against California. His injury put him out of contention to be drafted.
The athletic big man’s versatility mad him impossible to ignore for the Warriors. Boucher is able to score from all areas on the court. His length and athleticism allow him to attack the rim but he can also step back and hit the three with consistency.
Boucher is also one of the best defensive players in the draft as he ranked ninth in blocked shots in the NCAA. His unique skillset is proven by making history. He is one of the only players to average over one made three and 2.5 blocks while shooting over 60% from inside the arc.
The future is bright for both young men as they continue to work hard to take their game to the next level. They will try to earn a spot on their respective teams during Summer League action.