Here are 10 Canadian players expected to make an impact during the 2020-21 NCAA basketball season from mid-major schools.
Yesterday, we took a look at 10 Canadians to watch from major conference programs so this is the Undraftedfreeagent.com list of 10 mid-major players from north of the border to watch this year.
These are not necessarily the 10 best players but they are definitely expected to be key figures for their programs during the 2020-21 season.
- Keshaun Saunders – Toledo. 6-foot-5 Soph. Guard from Brampton, ON.
Saunders improved exponentially throughout his freshman campaign where he played in all 32 games (starting the final 12). Was named to the All-MAC freshman team after averaging 7.7 PPG. Look for Saunders to average in double figures in points and be in the running for All-MAC selection in 2020-21.
- Stef Smith – Vermont. 6-foot-2 Sr. Guard from Ajax, ON.
Was First Team All-American East in 2019-20. Tested the NBA draft waters this offseason but opted to return to school. Led the conference in 3-point % (42.3%) and was second on his team in scoring with 14.2 PPG. Expect Smith to be in the running for conference Player of the Year.
- Daniel Sackey – Valparaiso. 5-foot-9 Jr. Guard from Winnipeg, MB.
Lightening quick point guard who led Valpo in assists last year (121) and chipped in with 6.3 PPG. Was a two-time BioSteel All-Canadian after moving from Winnipeg to Toronto to play his high school ball at Thornlea.
- Luka Sakota – Harvard. 6-foot-6 Soph. Guard from Toronto, ON.
Played in 25 games for Harvard last year but will be expected to play a much bigger role in 2020-21 for the Crimson. Has pro potential with his size and shooting ability and was also a two-time BioSteel All-Canadian in 2018-19. Is one of three Canadians who will play for Harvard this year (N.Kirkwood and J.Hemmings).
- Jaelin Llewellyn – Princeton. 6-foot-2 Jr. Guard from Mississauga, ON.
Was named 2nd team All-Ivy League in 2019-20 after an impressive season that saw him average 15.3 PPG which led Princeton and was seventh in the conference. Could be in the conversation for Ivy league Player of the Year in 2020-21.
- Josip Vrankic – Santa Clara. 6-foot-9 Sr. Forward from Toronto, ON.
Was named 2nd team All-WCC in 2019-20 after leading the Broncos in scoring with 12.5 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Has played in 92 games at Santa Clara and will be the linchpin of the offense in 2020-21.
- Ben Hendriks – Ball State. 6-foot-10 Soph. C/F from Mississauga, ON.
Only played in seven games during his freshman year but expect his minutes and impact to increase significantly in 2020-21. Head coach James Whitford says he expects Hendriks to be a key figure for a Ball State squad that could win the MAC. Has NBA player Luguentz Dort (OKC) as a mentor after the two played together in high school.
- Coleman Stucke – Northeastern. 6-foot-7 Fresh. G/F from Oakville, ON.
Stucke is a high major talent who chose Northeastern for the academics and fit. Is an elite three-point shooter who helped lead his high school Orangeville Prep to a national title. Was a 2020 BioSteel All-Canadian who has pro potential. Look for his teammate and fellow Canadian Alex Nwagha also to have an impact for the Huskies.
- Ben Krikke – Valparaiso. 6-foot-9 Soph. Forward from Edmonton, AB.
Showed some flashes during his freshman year at Valpo where he played in 33 games averaging 6.7 PPG. Krikke is an excellent defender who can also shoot from range for a big man with 14 three-pointers in 2019-20. Was a 2019 BioSteel All-Canadian.
- Shemar Rathan-Mayes – Youngstown State. 6-foot Fresh. Guard from Scarborough, ON.
College fans will be familiar with his older brother Xavier who starred for Florida State from 2014-17 and played for the Memphis Grizzlies. Expect Shemar to ease his way into the lineup in 2020-21 but should develop into an All-Conference talent. Was high school teammates with Stucke where they won a national champioship. 2020 BioSteel All-Canadian.