10 Canadians to watch in the 2021 NCAA Tournament

Photo courtesy of Gonzaga University.

Taking a look at some of the Canadian players who will play in the 2021 NCAA tournament in Indiana.

Here are 10 Canadians expected to make an impact during March Madness in 2021:

  1. Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe – Fresh. G/F – Oklahoma St. (Vaughan, ON)

    There was uncertainty if Oklahoma State was even going to be allowed into the tournament due to previous sanctions. However, they’ll be a No.4 seed vs Liberty and should win easily. MA averaged 9.2 PPG with 5.1 RPG this season. Cowboys have Final 4 potential with MA and Cade Cunningham.

  2. Andrew Nembhard – Jr. G – Gonzaga (Aurora, ON)

    Gonzaga is 26-0 and the No.1 seed and should make a very deep run. Nembhard transferred to the Zags this season after 2 years at Florida. Averaged 9.2 PPG with 4.1 assists per game as the back up to Jalen Suggs who will be an NBA lottery pick.

  3. Zach Edey – Fresh. C – Purdue (Toronto, ON)

    7-foot-4 Edey was named to the Big 10 All-Freshman team after an impressive season where he averaged 9.0PPG with 4.5 RPG. The Boilermakers (18-9) are a No.4 seed and will face a tough North Texas squad in round one.

  4. Eugene Omoruyi – Sr. F – Oregon (Toronto, ON)

    Was named first team All-Pac-12 after an excellent 2020-21 where he averaged 16.7 PPG with 5.2 RPG. Started out his career at Rutgers before transferring last year. Oregon (20-6) will be the No.7 seed and face VCU in the opener.

  5. Chris Duarte – Sr. G – Oregon (Montreal, QC)

    Like his teammate Omoruyi, Duarte was also named first team All-Pac 12 after averaging 16.7 PPG with 4.7 RPG. Prior to Oregon, he was the 2019 Juco National Player of the Year.

  6. Gabe Osabuohien – Sr. G – West Virginia (Toronto, ON)

    Was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team for a Mountaineers squad that went 18-9 and will be the No.3 seed and face a tough Morehead State in round one. Started his career at Arkansas before transferring 2 years ago.

  7. Aher Uguak – Sr. F – Loyola-Chicago (Edmonton, AB)

    Was named to the All-MVC Defensive team and also chipped in with 7.6 PPG and 4.1 RPG. Played his freshman year at New Mexico before transferring. Loyola-Chicago (24-4) won the MVC and will be the No.8 seed and face Georgia Tech in round one.

  8. Quincy Guerrier – Soph. F – Syracuse (Montreal, QC)

    Named third team All-ACC after an excellent 2020-21 where he averaged 14.4 PPG with 8.1 RPG. The Cuse (16-9) will be a No.11 seed and face No.6 San Diego State in their opener.

  9. Josh Primo – Fresh. G – Alabama (Toronto, ON)

    Primo has been dealing with a sprained knee and missed time in the SEC tournament but is expected to return soon. Bama (23-6) won the SEC Championship and will be the No.2 seed and face Iona in round one. Primo is a key figure to their success in 2020-21.

  10. Jahvon Blair – Sr. G – Georgetown (Brampton, ON

    Named honorable mention All-Big East after leading Georgetown in scoring with 15.8 PPG. The Hoyas (13-12) pulled a shocker by winning the Big East tournament and getting into March Madness and they’ll be a No.12 seed facing Colorado.