The secret is out and at this point over 50 NCAA programs have crossed the border this season so far to recruit Canada and hope to create a pipeline for up and coming talent.

AJ Lawson, Lual Akot, Kaosi Ezeagu, Franco Miller, Shol Ayach, David Muila, Marijan Obad, Filip Milosovic, Kur Jockuch are prime examples of 2018 sleepers that coaches will be coming to see, while building a depth chart for future years.

With over 90 young Canadian men at the DI level in the NCAA this year, that number is expected to increase well past 110 during the 2018-2019 season.

Below are the schools that have confirmed attendance at the New Year Challenge of the National Preparatory Association Jan 3-6, with more confirming over the next two weeks.

Confirmed Programs

  1. VCU (NCAA D1)
  2. Purdue (NCAA D1)
  3. Illinois (NCAA D1)
  4. Toledo (NCAA D1)
  5. SMU (NCAA D1)
  6. Rhode Island (NCAA D1)
  7. K-State (NCAA D1)
  8. Central Michigan (NCAA D1)
  9. Jacksonville State (NCAA D1)
  10. University of Toronto (USports)
  11. Brock (USports)
  12. Hutchinson (2017 JUCO National Champions)
  13. Guelp (USports)
  14. George Brown (CCAA)
  15. McMaster (USports)
  16. Queens (USports)
  17. Western (USports)
  18. Canisius (NCAA)

This list will continue to be updated as more coaches prepare for their travels into and around Canada over the next few weeks.

With an NPA National Championship and scholarships on the line all teams in this event and all prospects will be approaching their peaks.

Join us in Toronto at Crestwood Prepartory College where the New Year Challenge will start the year on a strong note!

$10 day passes. $30 Week pass.

College coaches interesting in attending this event, please email to

Elias Sbiet

Written by Elias Sbiet

Elias is the National Recruiting Analyst at NPH, keeping you up to date with Canadian basketball news on Canada's top prospects. You will find Elias at events across North America providing coverage and evaluating talent. He has been involved in the game as a scout, servicing NCAA, CIS and NBA teams for nearly a decade.


4 thoughts on “NCAA Basketball Programs Travel to Canada for NPA New Year Challenge in Toronto, Jan 3-6

  1. btownfan says:

    Trying to get the draw for the upcoming purple and white tournament.@ Western Unv.Can anyone let me know where this might be posted.

  2. Fake News says:

    Most of those D1s listed didn’t show up. I don’t know why you keep doing this (CNIT is another example). Saying big schools are flying to Canada to watch your events and then nobody shows. It hurts your reputation and comes across as dishonest hype to help your brand. Be more responsible.

    1. Elias Sbiet Elias Sbiet says:

      These coaches confirm their attendance yet some need to cancel, because some head coaches don’t want their guys on the road during conference play. However, these are schools that we work with on a day to day basis. Most that didn’t make it out watched the streams. For example, St. Bonaventure cancelled early enough and I was able to remove them yet they watched online and offered 2018 Guard Franco Miller of Crestwood. It’s unfortunate when they can’t make it or have flight delays or whatever the case may be, but I assure you we are doing everything in our power to make sure the right eyes see these prospects. Thanks for your attention to detail. Onward and upward.

  3. Kevin Messam says:

    Well done NPH! Keep raising the levels!

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