Five teams with Canadian players inside the Top 10


The holiday season was good to many Canadians playing NCAA basketball with five teams now inside the AP top 10 which is the most so far during the 2019-20 campaign.

Devonte Bandoo from Mississauga is now the highest ranked Canadian born player in this weeks Top 25 as his Baylor Bears moved up to the No.4 spot after an easy win over Texas 59-44. Bandoo played 23 minutes in that game and chipped in with four points and four rebounds. Baylor has a tough game up next against Texas Tech on January 7.

Christian David from Milton, ON and his Butler Bulldogs continue to climb the rankings as they move up to No.6 from No.11 last week after wins over St. Johns and Creighton.

San Diego State remains unbeaten at 15-0 and now sit at No.7. Hamilton’s Nolan Narain is finally back from injury and slowly working his way back into the lineup.

Addison Patterson from Milton, ON and his Oregon Ducks slid to No.9 this week after a loss to Colorado but followed that up with a win against Utah.

Here are the other Canadians on teams inside the Top 25:

No.10 Florida St –Nathaniel Jack Mississauga, ON. No.15 Dayton – Jordy Tshimanga Montreal, QC. No.17 West Virginia – Jermaine Haley from Vancouver, BC and Gabe Osabuohien of Toronto. No. 25 Colorado – Keeshawn Barthelemy from Montreal.

Here is the complete AP Top 25 for the week of January 6, 2020.

1Gonzaga (54)16-11,6071
2Duke (9)13-11,5452
3Kansas (2)11-21,5133
4Baylor 11-11,3866
5Auburn 13-01,3178
6Butler 14-11,18111
7San Diego State15-01,13013
8Michigan State 12-31,12914
10Florida State 13-296618
11Ohio State11-39245
12Maryland 12-286315
13Louisville 11-38447
14Kentucky 10-381117
15Dayton 13-261420
17West Virginia11-259916
18Virginia 11-255619
20Penn State 12-245621
22Texas Tech 10-328722
23Wichita State 13-125224
24Arizona 11-318425
25Colorado 12-381NR
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Chris McKee is a Toronto based broadcaster and writer. Chris does play-by-play for CBC Sports and TSN radio with the CEBL as well as doing PBP for One Volleyball, OSBA and Orangeville Prep which is the premier high school program in Canada. He also works for Golf Talk Canada as the Social Manager and writer as well as being a traffic reporter for TSN 1050, News Talk 1010 and Jewel 88.5. Prior to working in sports, he was an award winning music agent and concert promoter for 20 years having produced tours for the likes of Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, The Roots and many more. Author of the book "Life on the road with the Wu-Tang Clan."


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