CANADIAN MEN MAKING AN IMPACT IN THE NCAA

As March Madness approaches, here is a breakdown of some of the top Canadian players and their season averages in the NCAA.

GP: Games played                   MPG: Minutes per game                PPG: Points per game

RPG: Rebounds per game      APG: Assists per game                  BPG: Blocks per game

STL: Steals per game

CANADIAN MALE PLAYERS IN NCAA 2013 - 2014

MANGISTO AROP

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Indiana State Sycamores

Senior

Guard/Forward

Edmonton, AB

GP: 28           MPG: 28.1         PPG: 10.9        RPG: 4.2          APG:  1.1          STL: 0.8

A Gonzaga transfer, Manny is one of the key contributors to his Sycamores team. He is an excellent scorer and has developed into a very good outside shooter. He also rebounds the ball very well for a guard.

 

JORDAN BACHYNSKI

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Arizona State Sun Devils

Senior

Centre

Calgary, AB

GP: 29         MPG: 30.5         PPG: 11.2        RPG: 8.4          APG: 0.6           BPG: 4.2

The 7’2’’ Arizona senior is having his best season as a member of the Sun Devils by far. He has increased his production in every statistical category. He is their defensive anchor and one of their main emotional leaders.

 

 

KHEM BIRCH

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

UNLV Rebels

Junior

Forward

Montreal, QC

GP: 29         MPG: 30.9         PPG: 11.6        RPG: 9.7          APG: 0.9           BPG: 3.7

The wirey and athletic forward from UNLV is impressing people night in and night out with his raw athletic ability and nose for the ball on the defensive end. He is a world-class rebounder and shot-blocker. We could very well be witnessing the next NBA prospect to come out of UNLV.

 

 

SIM BHULLAR

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

New Mexico State Aggies

Sophomore

Centre

Toronto, ON

GP: 25         MPG: 26         PPG: 9.4         RPG: 7.4          APG: 1.2           BPG: 3.6

The 7’5’’ sophomore is developing a better feel for the game as the season progresses. A good shot-blocker (leader on his team) at 3.5 per game with a good scoring touch, Bhullar is a matchup nightmare for opponents.

 

MURPHY BURNATOWSKI

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Colgate Raiders

Senior

Forward

Waterloo, ON

GP: 28         MPG:  32.1        PPG: 14.5        RPG: 4.3           APG: 1.6         STL: 1.4

Burnatowski is the team co-captain with great size and strength for a small forward (6’7’’, 230lbs). He is the leading scorer on his Colgate team, averaging just over 14 points per contest. He is a good rebounder for his size averaging 4.2 per game (third on his team) and is a reliable shooter who hits with consistency from all areas of the court. Burnatowski is a vocal leader and great athlete.

 

MELVIN EJIM

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Iowa State Cyclones

Senior

Forward

Toronto, ON

GP:  26        MPG:  31.6         PPG: 18.9        RPG: 8.6          APG: 1.8           STL: 1.2

Ejim has been playing off the charts this season. The senior small forward, who leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.9 ppg), has begun to separate himself from his peers and has some basketball pundits thinking NBA draft. For a small forward he fills the stat sheet perfectly – great rebounder, solid defender, and effective passer.

 

 

TYLER ENNIS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Syracuse Orange

Freshman

Guard

Brampton, ON

GP: 29         MPG: 35.3         PPG: 12.1        RPG: 3.4           APG: 5.4           STL: 2

Poise personified. Ennis is one of Canada’s most exciting young prospects. His play has certainly displayed the peaks and valleys that are to be expected from any freshman, but he has traversed through this 2013-14 season with the composure and confidence of a seasoned veteran. Ennis seems to have an innate ability to contribute for his team’s betterment even when his jump shot is not falling, showing that he can fill the stat sheet in a multitude of ways.

 

 

OLIVIER HANLAN

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Boston College

Sophomore

Guard

Alymer, QC

GP: 29          MPG:  36.2        PPG: 18.2        RPG: 3.5          APG: 2.8           STL: 0.8

One of the more aggressive guards in the NCAA, Hanlan has demonstrated his ability to score in a myriad of ways and shown himself to be one of the elite scorers in the NCAA. When his shot isn’t falling, you can bet your bottom dollar he will be the game leader in free-throw attempts.

 

 

BRADY HESLIP

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Baylor Bears

Senior

Guard

Burlington, ON

GP: 29         MPG: 25.9         PPG: 11.4        RPG: 1.3         APG: 0.8           STL: 0.4

Brady is lights-out from three-point range this season. The 2013 DMNT and SMNT member is proving to the rest of the basketball universe that he is one of the most cold-blooded shooters in the college game today and a true three-point specialist.

 

DANIEL MULLINGS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

New Mexico State Aggies

Junior

Guard

Toronto, ON

GP: 30         MPG: 33         PPG: 16.9        RPG: 5          APG: 3.2           STL: 0.5

Mullings is one of the peskiest perimeter defenders in the Mountain West Conference. Buttressed by his tremendous summer with the DMNT, the supremely athletic guard is having a breakout year for his Aggies and is one of their premier scorers.

 

 

GRANT MULLINS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Columbia Lions

Sophomore

Guard

Burlington, ON

GP: 24        MPG:  31        PPG: 11.7        RPG: 2.9          APG: 2.4            STL: 0.7

The third leading scorer on his Columbia Lions team, Mullins is a tremendous shooter and one of the true three-point practitioners in the NCAA. He shoots 90% from the free throw line as well.  

 

 

KEVIN PANGOS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Gonzaga Bulldogs

Junior

Guard

Holland Landing, ON

GP: 31         MPG: 34.7         PPG: 14.6        RPG: 3.3          APG: 3.9           STL: 1.1

The senior guard is undoubtedly the heart and soul of his Gonzaga team. With the departure of Kelly Olynyk for the NBA, Pangos has singlehandedly taken on the scoring burden and carried this squad with his great three-point shooting and distributing ability.

 

DYSHAWN PIERRE

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Dayton Flyers

Sophomore

Forward

Whitby, ON

GP: 29         MPG: 27.2         PPG: 11.4        RPG: 5.9          APG: 1.6           STL: 0.4

Pierre of the Dayton Flyers has shown incredible growth from his freshman year to now, increasing his production in nearly every statistical category. The sophomore is a solid player with plenty of room to grow.

 

 

CHAD POSTHUMUS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Morehead State Eagles

Senior

Centre

Winnepeg, MB

GP: 31         MPG: 25.1          PPG:  10       RPG: 11.3           APG: 0.2            BPG: 0.8

Posthumus is the top rebounder in the NCAA and the interior anchor for his team. His big body takes up so much space that the burly 6’11’’ senior can gobble up nearly every rebound in sight.

 

 

DWIGHT POWELL

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Stanford Cardinal

Senior

Forward

Toronto, ON

GP: 27        MPG: 32.9         PPG:  14.3       RPG: 7.4          APG: 3.5           BPG: 1      

He has continued his solid play in the 2013-14 senior season. One of the more fluid and athletic big men in the NCAA, Powell is working hard to showcase his ability in hopes of making the jump to the NBA next season. Powell usually fills the stat sheet by being a great passing big man, netting high assist numbers on a regular basis.

 

  

LAURENT RIVARD

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Harvard Crimson

Senior

Guard

Saint-Bruno, QC

GP: 28          MPG:  33.8        PPG: 9.9        RPG: 3          APG: 0.8           STL: 0.9

The dependable Harvard senior and team co-captain has been one of the Crimson’s most consistent players over the last four years. The on-court and off-court leader has always been reliable for 10 points, 3 rebounds and a steal. You will always know what Rivard is bringing to the table.

 

NIK STAUSKAS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Michigan Wolverines

Sophomore

Guard

Mississauga, ON

GP: 27         MPG:  35.4         PPG: 17.1        RPG: 3.4          APG: 3.5           STL: 0.3

Stauskas has been as productive and consistent as they come in the 2013-14 NCAA season, proving to all that he is one of the top shooters in the NCAA. Additionally, he has demonstrated a level of athleticism that, prior to this year, fans were unaware he possessed. He scores inside and out with ease, is a leader on his team, and one of the top players in the Big-10.

 

KEVIN THOMAS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Troy Trojans

Junior

Forward

Ajax, ON

GP: 27         MPG: 23.3         PPG: 7.4        RPG: 5.4          APG: 1           BPG: 0.7

The 6’8’’ 210lbs forward is a solid player. Kevin is an above average rebounder with a proclivity for the offensive glass. Kevin's greatest strength as a player is his versatility. He is long and athletic, and he can play multiple positions. Kevin is a high character young man. A defensive monster, Thomas is the leading rebounder and shot blocker for his team.

 

ANDREW WIGGINS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Kansas Jayhawks

Freshman

Forward

Concord, ON

GP: 29         MPG: 32.4         PPG: 16.4        RPG: 5.7          APG: 1.6           STL: 1

Wiggins, in a word, is consistent. Amidst his flashy highlight dunks, help-side blocks and blazing foot-speed, Wiggins has been as consistent as they come. The seemingly nonchalant manner in which he scores has left many fans and pundits alike sitting on the edge of their seat eagerly awaiting his breakout game once he decides to separate himself from the rest of his talented freshman class.

 

 

NICK WIGGINS

TEAM

CLASS

POSITION

HOMETOWN

Wichita State Shockers

Senior

Guard

Concord, ON

GP: 31         MPG: 15.3         PPG: 5.3        RPG: 2.3          APG: 0.5           BPG: 0.3

Averaging 5 points and 2 rebounds per game, the athletic shooting guard is a key contributor off the bench for the undefeated Wichita State (31-0). After helping the Shockers reach the Final Four last year, Wiggins and his crew seem poised to prove that 2012-13 was no fluke.