As basketball has gotten more popular in Canada, skilled players have come out of the country at much quicker pace than in the past. Over the last NBA draft, Anthony Bennett went first overall and the Ontarian was the first Canadian to ever go as the top pick. Expected to join him on that list next season is phenom Andrew Wiggins, who will be displaying his talents at Kansas this season.
Another player from the Great White North that has been in high demand recently has been Ray Kasongo. The class of 2014 power forward from Scarborough, Ontario has gotten a lot of attention from big time programs over the course of the summer. Among the visits he has taken are LSU, Oregon and Florida State.
Recently, Kasongo visited UConn and the rumor mill is churning that they are now the potential favorites. By the sounds of things, the big man really liked his time on campus and the Huskies staff were extremely impressed by what they saw from the forward.
Whichever team lands the Canadian, they will inherit a player with a lot of polish already. In a match up against Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander, Kasongo took charge and put up a 24 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks performance. For people that may have missed his talents up until that point, it became hard to avoid.
For the Canadian national team, hope keeps springing as players like Kasongo come up into the NCAA and then later on, the NBA. Since the glory days of Steve Nash leading Canada to an excellent finish in the 2000 Olympics, the national program has been a bit of a joke. As the talent keeps coming and the coaching and management settle into place, Canada is starting to make some noise to once again become a player on the international stage.