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.

Devon Imrie

Written by Devon Imrie

Devon Imrie is a 23-year-old journalist from Mississauga, Ontario. Contributor for North Pole Hoops. As a fourth year journalism student at Humber College he has taken in basketball at various levels providing National team coverage, high school and NPH Exposure Camps.


2 thoughts on “Dillon Brooks Drafted, Canadians Ink G-League Contract

  1. Cameron says:

    How dumb is Toronto for not nabbing Boucher. They desperately need young power forwards who can play D and spread the floor and they just let the best team in the league cherry pick Boucher from they’re own back yard. Shame on you Raptor Nation.

    1. Canada Basketball Ace says:

      The Raptors always leave 2 to 3 good hometown players off thier summer league rosters for virtually no reason, this year a player like Naz Long should have also been invited to our summer league team because he can really shoot.

      I am more angry about letting Thon Maker last year slip from our clutches and go straight to a major rival in Milwaukee. We took Jacob Poeltle before Thon and at the time it was a head scratcher as a long 7’1 power forward was exactly what we needed at that time.

      Sure now we have Serge and have the possibility of trading away JV and using the cheaper Poeltle but there is no question that Thon Maker would have been great on this team along side Serge Ibaka.

      I would have traded away this year’s draft to get another late lottery pick and had both Thon Maker and Jacob Poeltle and no pic this year.

      Or I would have traded up 1 spot and grabbed Jamal Murray and than we would be stuck right now waiting on Lowry Deciding if he will take our $200 million contract or not.

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