Canadians in the Madness

Atlantic 10 Champs St. Bonaventure player chris Johnson

North Preston, NS native Chris Johnson will look to help the Bonnies get passed tough 1st Rd. opponent FSU.

Thursday will see an outstanding athlete from across the Halifax Harbour step onto one of the biggest stages in the world. While many of you will automatically jump to the return of Sidney Crosby, I’m talking about North Preston, NS, native Chris Johnson.

Johnson has been a contributing member to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies run to the NCAA National Championship tournament, which included taking the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. While I naturally tend to root for the teams with CAN-CON, the #11 Bonnies will be in tough against a deep #3 Florida Seminoles squad that has beaten perennial favourites #1 seed North Carolina and #2 seed Duke a couple of times this season including en route to the ACC Championship.

The big name for Canadians following NCAA basketball is of course Kris Joseph. The Montreal native is a leader on the Syracuse Orange, one of the top schools in the NCAA. The Orange were a favourite to take the championship, but were dealt a blow Tuesday when seven-footer Fab Melo was deemed ineligible. They’ll still have a chance to go deep, but an already weak rebouding team will be more vulnerable on the boards now.

As for other potential teams with Canadians that could challenge for the National Championship, I’m putting my money on Baylor. Baylor comes into the tournament as a #3 seed and has one the top shooters in the NCAA; Brady Heslip of Burlington, ON. With the big loss to Syracuse’s line-up, I’m putting my hopes on Baylor to represent for Canada, although they’ll have to get through the top ranked Kentucky Wildcats to get out of the West Region. The Wildcats also have Kyle Wiltjer, while hailing from Portland, Oregon hold dual US-CAN citizenship and has played for Canada internationally, as did his father as part of the 1984 Canadian Olympic Basketball team.

It is great to see so many Canadians, not only making NCAA rosters, but also contributing on top contending teams with a real shot at the title. Below I’ve compiled a list of the Canadians participating in March Madness this year, and when their first games are scheduled. TSN will be the broadcaster for all games in Canada so check out there lineup.

Chris Johnson, St. Bonaventure Bonnies – G/F, 6’5″ , 205 lbs.
Hometown: North Preston, NS
Friday, March 16th @ 2:45 ET

Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure Bonnies – PF, 6’9″, 240 lbs.
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 2:45 ET

Matthew Wright, St. Bonaventure Bonnies – SG, 6’5″ , 200 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 2:45 ET

Kris Joseph, Syracuse Orange – SF, 6’7″, 214 lbs.
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Thursday, March 15th @ 3:10 ET

Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky Wildcats – F, 6’9″, 239 lbs.
Hometown: Portland, OR (US-CAN citizenship)
Thursday, March 15th @ 6:50 ET

Brady Heslip, Baylor Bears – SG, 6’2″, 180 lbs.
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 7:27 ET

Junior Cadougan, Marquette Golden Eagles – PG, 6’1″, 205 lbs.
Hometown, Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 2:45 ET

Robert Sacre, Gonzaga Bulldogs – C, 7’0″, 260 lbs.
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC
Thursday, March 15th @ 7:20 ET

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Bulldogs – PG, 6’1″, 180 lbs.
Hometown: Newmarket, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 7:20 ET

Myck Kabongo, Texas Longhorns – PG, 6’1″ 169 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 12:15 ET

Hernst Laroche, New Mexico State Aggies – PG, 6’1″, 170 lbs.
Hometown: Montreal, QC
Thursday, March 15th @ 9:45 ET

Renaldo Dixon, New Mexico State Aggies – C, 6’10”, 220 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 9:45 ET

Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State Aggies – SG, 6’2″, 170 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 9:45 ET

Tyrone Watson, New Mexico State Aggies – SF, 6’5″, 225 lbs.
Hometown: Hamilton, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 9:45 ET

Laurent Rivard, Harvard Crimson – SG, 6’5″, 215 lbs.
Hometown: Saint-Bruno, QC
Thursday, March 15th @ 4:40 ET

Emerson Murray, Califorinia Golden Bears – SG, 6’3″, 195 lbs.
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, March 14th @ 9:00 ET (PLAY-IN GAME)

Grandy Graze, Saint Louis Billikens – F, 6’6″, 235 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 6:50 ET

Alex Johnson, North Carolina State Wolfpack – G, 5’10”, 176 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 12:40

Melvin Ejim, Iowa State Cyclones – F, 6’6″, 220 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 9:50 ET

Jahenns Manigat, Creighton Blue Jays – G, 6’1″, 175 lbs.
Hometown: Ottawa, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 1:40 ET

Arnold Mayorga, LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds – F, 6’7″, 210 lbs.
Hometown: London, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 9:20 ET

Robinson Odoch-Opong, LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds – G, 6’3″, 200 lbs.
Hometown: Quebec City, QC
Friday, March 16th @ 9:20 ET

Troy Joseph, LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds – G/F, 6’6″, 200 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, On
Friday, March 16th @ 9:20 ET

Nik Cochran, Davidson Wldcats – G, 6’3″, 188 lbs.
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Thursday, March 15th @ 1:40 ET

Taevaunn Prince, South Dakota St. Jackrabbits – G, 6’3″, 215 lbs.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Thursday, March 15th @ 7:27 ET

Stefan Cvrkalj, Lehigh Mountain Hawks – G, 6’4″
Hometown: Kitchener, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 7:15 ET

Jason Calliste, Detroit Titans – G, 6’2″, 168 lbs.
Scarborough, ON
Friday, March 16th @ 9:57 ET

NIT

Steven Manojlovic, Drexel Dragons – G, 6’5″ 197 lbs
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Wednesday, March 14 @ 7:15 p.m.

Unfortunately, Randy Dezouvre from Montreal won’t get a chance to play in the main tournament as his Iona Gaels 78-72 to BYU in one of the four play-in games.

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