Mississauga’s (Toronto suburb) Atuahene had a solid first season as a Sun Devil (he spent his first year of eligibility playing JUCO ball). Starting half of the team’s games, Antwi ranked only behind Mustafa Shakur and Jordan Farmar on the Pac-10 Assist leader board (conference games only). With good size for a point guard (6’3” 205lbs), Atuahene will look to step up his game to impress new coach Herb Sendek.
The diminutive Toronto native might not get a lot of ink playing in the tiny Northeast Conference, but last season he showed he deserves some attention. He ranked in the conference’s top 10 in seven statistical categories – scoring, assists, free throw %, steals, three point %, threes made per game and assist to turnover ratio.
Guard - Majak Kou – SR – Loyola (IL)
The skinny (6’5” 165lb) Hamilton, Ont. native has one of the best all-around games of all the current Canadian NCAAers. He made the Horizon League All-Defense team last year after ranking 2nd in blocks and 3rd in steals in the conference. He also can score – he was 10th in the league in 3s made per game and averaged 12.8ppg.
While the Vancouver native has shown he can put up big numbers for Canada on the international stage, he is more of a “in the shadows” player for the Panthers. Still, numerous coaches have given him props in preseason previews for his all-around game and team first approach. He should remain a steady force for the highly ranked Pitt squad this season.
Pompey and the Aggies came out of nowhere last season. While the Torontonian doesn’t put up gaudy stats he is a solid low post defender who lead the team in blocks last season. Look for him to continue his tough defense and to improve on his offensive stats.
The new kids on the block aren’t quite as impressive as last year’s, when rookie Canucks played for UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State and Arizona State. This year’s class has been depleted even more by a couple of long term injuries (Theo Davis – Gonzaga – shoulder surgery, Sam Ashaolu – Duquesne – multiple gunshot wounds to the head). Still there are a few kids who should make an impact (if not this season then in the future).
One of the best players in Toronto and all of Canada, Anderson played a year of prep ball in Alabama before red shirting last year for the Panthers. The 6’5” Anderson will be looking to crack the rotation this year.
Hailing from an underrated basketball hotbed – Montreal – the swingman appears to have worked himself into the playing rotation early in the exhibition schedule.
Born in the Sudan, Moses originally played his high school ball in Calgary, Alb. before moving on to finish up his prep career in Chicago. At one point a top 100 recruit, the 6’8” 190lb Moses will probably have to fill out a bit before making an impact in the Big East.
Forward – Kris Douse – FR – Nebraska
Toronto’s Douse also went down south to finish up his high school career, playing in North Carolina and finally ending up in Florida last year. The Huskers website call him an “athletic but raw talent”.
Center - Devin Brennan-McBride – FR – Syracuse
With experienced players ahead of him and most of his senior season in high school lost to injury, Brennan-McBride will probably spend most of his time watching from the bench this year. If the early exhibition schedule is any indicator, the pride of London, Ont. is about the 10th man on the Jim Boeheim’s depth chart.