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NCAA Tournament 2024: 5 Canadians to watch in March Madness

As the First Round of the men’s NCAA Tournament approaches, the next generation of Northern stars will suit up with a chance to add their name to the growing list of Canadian basketball icons. Let’s take a closer look at five tournament-bound Canucks that could make a difference in the Big Dance.

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Emanuel Miller - TCU Horned Frogs

If you’re on the hunt for a player with an NBA-ready skillset in the college ranks, look no further than Emanuel Miller.

The Scarborough, Ontario native has been tearing up the Big 12 in his fifth and final year in the NCAA. After breaking onto the scene with Texas A&M, Miller exploded in his sophomore campaign to lead his team with 16.2 PPG on 57.1 FG%, all the while securing 8.2 RPG. After making the move across the state to Texas Christian University, Miller settled into his new, more capable roster in a lower capacity role. This season however, with the old guard moving on and the ball now squarely in his hands, the Canadian has stepped up and delivered.

Miller leads the Horned Frogs in scoring and rebounding with 15.9 and 5.9 respectively, all the while developing his three-point stroke to connect on 38.2% of his shots from beyond the arc. His strong play has earned himself a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team and helped his team into the No. 9 seed in the Midwest. His active hands on the defensive end seem to have their own gravitational pull, syphoning in over a steal per game as well. 

On the international stage, Miller has already suited up for Canada’s U-19 basketball team back in 2017. Despite not getting much runway on the court at the time, keep an eye for the forward to make an impact down the line. 

TCU enters the NCAA Tournament on the heels of their Big 12 Tournament loss to top-ranked Houston. It was a low-scoring 60-45 signature win for the Cougars in which Miller was less than effective. As their First Round date with Utah State quickly closes in, look for the Canadian to establish his presence early against fellow breakout star Great Osobor.

When to watch? #8 Utah State takes on #9 TCU in the First Round on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 9:30 p.m. ET.