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insidehoops 03-28-2012 07:06 PM

Canadian hoopsters need to step up
The Toronto Sun reports:

This year’s NCAA tournament has been a global showcase for Canadian talent. Baylor’s Brady Heslip draining threes, Marquette’s Junior Cadougan running the point and Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre controlling the paint. But as a country how close are we to winning on the international stage?

Canada did not qualify for the 2004, 2008 or 2012 Summer Olympics and the program is currently without a head coach. But our country is starting to peak, talent wise we are bursting with more skill than we have seen since the early 80s.

“We are on the cusp of something that has the potential to be quite phenomenal, this is something that has been building for a number of years,” said Canada Basketball’s president and CEO Wayne Parrish.

Canada Basketball has set the goal for the 2016 Olympics as not just a reappearing act in the world’s biggest basketball tournament but to be standing on the podium at the end of the competition.

JtotheIzzo 05-08-2012 11:10 PM

Re: Canadian hoopsters need to step up
Poorly written article. The best Canadian players in this year's tournament were St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson (A-10 player of the year), and Kris Joseph of Syracuse.

After Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph went in the first round last year, Nicholson, Joseph and Robert Sacre(Gonzaga) should be drafted this year, with Myck Kabongo and Heslip (maybe) next year.

More importantly the best player in the class of 2014 (just two years away) is Andrew Wiggins from Toronto (son of NBA star Mitchell Wiggins), and when you add in other players who may step up (Kevin Pangos, Sim Bhullar) the future looks pretty good.

Now with Nash adding cohesiveness to the program as GM, the team should be ready to play some meaningful games down the road.

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