CANADIANS READY AS 2018 NCAA TOURNAMENT BEGINS TUESDAY

March 13, 2018

Canada Basketball - TORONTO, ON (March 13, 2018) - March Madness is almost upon us and Canadian college hoops fans will have plenty to cheer about as 22 players from North of the border are set to participate in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Coming off SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player honours, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be hoping to take a deep run with the Kentucky Wildcats. After an excellent rookie season, the Hamilton, Ont. native was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team and All-SEC Second Team. Gilgeous-Alexander will be looking to become just the sixth Canadian player to win the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and first since Kyle Wiltjer won with Kentucky back in 2012.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, cousin of Shai, is hoping to take Virginia Tech all the way after averaging 10.5 PPG and 3.9 RPG. No. 8 seed Virginia Tech has a tough opening round matchup against No. 9 Alabama on Thursday night.

Oshae Brissett had a strong freshman year at Syracuse making the ACC All-Freshman Team, averaging 14.8 PPG with 8.8 RPG. However, the Orange find themselves in the First Four and will have to defeat Arizona State on Wednesday to secure their spot in the tournament.

Last year's tournament also had 22 players making the tournament with one making it to the National Championship game. Dustin Triano, son of Canada Basketball head coach Jay Triano, played for the Gonzaga Bulldogs who in the end lost to the North Carolina Tarheels.

Below is the list of Canadians playing this year:

Emmanuel Akot - Arizona

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

ARIZ

10.4

0.7-1.7

.412

0.3-0.7

.409

0.2-0.4

.455

1.1

0.8

0.1

0.2

0.9

0.6

1.9

Gabriel Osabuohien - Arkansas

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

ARK

7.1

0.5-1.3

.400

0.0-0.2

.000

0.1-0.5

.200

1.5

0.4

0.2

0.2

1.1

0.6

1.2

Kimbal Mackenzie - Bucknell

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

BUCK

26.5

2.6-7.3

.353

1.7-5.0

.342

1.0-1.0

1.000

1.8

2.2

0.1

0.6

1.9

1.4

7.9

Dominic Johnson - Buffalo

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

BUFF

2.8

0.4-0.6

.800

0.1-0.2

.500

0.0-0.0

.000

0.7

0.0

0.0

0.1

0.3

0.2

1.0

Christian David - Butler

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

BUT

5.7

0.4-1.2

.357

0.1-0.6

.200

0.2-0.4

.556

0.6

0.4

0.0

0.2

0.8

0.3

1.2

Jackson Rowe - Cal State-Fullerton

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

CSF

29.9

4.4-7.6

.581

0.8-1.9

.411

2.6-3.3

.778

6.8

1.6

1.0

0.9

2.3

2.0

12.2

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Kentucky

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

UK

33.2

4.7-9.9

.479

0.6-1.5

.380

3.4-4.2

.799

3.8

5.1

0.5

1.6

1.6

2.6

13.4

Mfiondu Kabengele - Florida State

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

FSU

14.1

2.5-5.0

.500

0.3-0.8

.375

1.8-2.8

.639

4.5

0.3

0.7

0.5

2.1

1.0

7.1

Kassius Robertson - Missouri

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

MIZ

35.9

4.8-11.3

.421

3.1-7.3

.425

3.6-4.5

.799

3.0

2.4

0.1

1.0

1.7

2.3

16.2

Kalif Young - Providence

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

PROV

16.6

1.7-3.2

.536

0.0-0.0

.000

0.9-1.8

.492

4.1

0.6

0.6

0.4

2.0

0.9

4.4

Nolan Narain - San Diego State

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SDSU

10.8

1.9-2.8

.688

0.2-0.5

.364

0.7-1.0

.652

2.0

0.3

0.1

0.2

1.6

0.8

4.7

Nelson Kaputo - St. Bonaventure

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SBON

10.4

1.1-2.5

.418

0.6-1.7

.333

0.6-0.6

.947

0.6

1.1

0.0

0.5

0.8

0.5

3.3

Oshae Brissett - Syracuse

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SYR

38.0

4.3-12.2

.352

1.5-4.5

.345

4.6-5.8

.800

8.8

0.9

0.7

1.2

2.3

1.8

14.7

Howard Washington - Syracuse

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

SYR

6.1

0.3-0.9

.294

0.1-0.7

.167

0.4-0.6

.700

0.8

0.6

0.1

0.3

0.3

0.4

1.1

Kyle Alexander - Tennessee

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

TENN

20.3

2.3-3.3

.686

0.0-0.0

1.000

1.1-1.5

.723

5.7

0.3

1.7

0.6

2.4

0.7

5.6

Isiah Jasey - Texas A&M

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

TAMU

3.7

0.2-0.5

.500

0.0-0.1

.000

0.0-0.0

.000

0.5

0.0

0.3

0.1

0.3

0.2

0.5

Jelani Mofford - UNC Greensboro

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

UNCG

3.0

0.0-0.0

.000

0.0-0.0

.000

0.0-0.0

.000

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Nickeil Alexander-Walker - Virginia Tech

SEASON

TEAM

MIN

FGM-FGA

FG%

3PM-3PA

3P%

FTM-FTA

FT%

REB

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

2017-18

VT

25.3

3.7-8.3

.451

1.7-4.4

.393

1.4-1.8

.746

3.9

1.4

0.6

0.9

1.5

1.6

10.5

While members of tournament bound teams, Canadians Elijah Mitrou-Long (Texas), Aher Uguak (Loyola-Chicago), Jalen Poyser (St. Bonaventure) Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga) will not play this year due to NCAA rules after transferring.

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