It seems that a lot of Canadians aren’t aware of what March Madness is, which is a shame… I remember being 13 years old and being in Myrtle Beach in March when a gentleman asked me if I would be watching March Madness. I was a victim of Canadian culture and oblivious to the NCAA and College sports, specifically basketball. At the time the Toronto Raptors were a new franchise and I was very much into the game of basketball. However with the lack of technology (Internet and Satellite TV) at my disposal I had no clue what March Madness was all about.
During my trip I became fascinated with the “MADNESS” and learned very quickly in the first day on how the tournament was easily worthy of the term Madness. I immediately fell in love and basketball has been a big part of my life ever since. At the time I would be surprised if there was more then 3-5 Canadian basketball players playing NCAA Division 1 basketball. Going into 2013 the NCAA March Madness tournament will feature 20+ Canadian Basketball players and some of them like Kelly Olynyk have a bright future ahead of them as one of the best basketball players in the U.S. leading his Gonzaga Bulldogs to the No. 1 ranking in the nation.
Kelly Olynyk – Kamloops, BC – Gonzaga
Anthony Bennett – Brampton, ON – UNLV
Sim Bhullar – Toronto, ON – New Mexico State
Kevin Pangos – Holland Landing, ON – Gonzaga
Here’s a quick video highlighting some of the Canadians to look out for in this years tournament. Many talented players will get their chance to showcase themselves on a National stage and hopefully get drafted into the NBA.