The NCAA always has a wealth of Canadian talent to watch. This season, there have been several breakout stars from the country and as March Madness rolls around, many of them will pick up the pace to catch the eyes of the NBA Draft. Below, we discuss three Canadian NCAA players you should keep an eye on.
The NCAA will include 131 Canadian players this season. Most of them hail from Toronto and Montreal, with the rest coming from smaller districts. Despite the large proportion of Canadian players watching the upcoming March Madness contest, it isn’t as easy as you think. You need to sign up for TSN, but this will be geo-restricted if you try to watch outside of the country. One of the best methods is to install a secure VPN. This will allow you to access the games without restrictions. CyberGhost has an article on how and where to watch, so any Canadian travellers won't miss out on the action. It also has helpful instructions to guide you through the process, so you won’t miss out on any of the action.
Once set up, if you are looking for great Canadian players in the competition, then Zach Edey should be the first stop. Playing for the Purdue Boilermakers, he stands at seven foot four, making him an imposing figure on the court. Yet, height isn’t the only string to his bow. He is strong and skilful, and at 20 years old, still learning his craft. His performance is obvious in his stats. Last season, he played nine games in a 9-0 season. He averaged 28.2 points on 60.8 per cent when shooting from the field and 73.9 per cent from the free throw line.
Marcus Carr plays for the Texas Longhorns, though for a young player, he has experience across the board. He started his collegiate career at the University of Pittsburgh, then Minnesota. He was declared for the 2020 NBA Draft but did not sign with any agent, returning to Minnesota to finish his junior season.
He has also played nationally for the Canadian team in the past. Starting for the Under 16s in Argentina, he averaged 6.2 points. A knee injury meant he was not called back, but this vital experience has stood him in good stead throughout the past seasons. He is a stolid defender who takes some beating and will be vital in the March Madness competition.
Maxence Prosper is a forward at Marquette, who has just experienced a breakout season. It is only a matter of time before he joins the NBA, with his six-foot eight frame, he is perfect for the competition. He is also a great utility player, who can drop into other positions with ease and success.
If any doubts hang over him, it is that his shot is still developing. He has shown improvements over his three seasons in college, and March Madness could be the competition where he finds his groove.
Of course, there are plenty of other players from Canada ready to step up. Ryan Nembhard and Elijah Fisher are two others you should be aware of. Make sure you tune into March Madness, set out a schedule for your viewing and enjoy the great players on offer.