The NC-double-Eh Watch

Tristan Blackwood (Toronto) – Guard – Junior – Central Connecticut – Feb. 12, 15 Blackwood seemed to be in a shooting slump early on in the season, but those slumps are best ended by simply shooting through them.

And that’s what he did last week. Missing only one minute in the Blue Devils’ two wins, Tristan averaged 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3.5 dimes while shooting a blistering 58% from the field going 14 of 24 (making 8 of 14 threes) and a perfect 12 of 12 from the charity stripe helping CCSU clinch the top spot in the Northeast Conference Tournament and the league title.

Majak Kou (Hamilton) – Guard – Senior – Loyola (Ill) – Feb. 14, 17
Majak Kou is doing everything in his power keep his team in the Horizon League Tournament. Over the last week, Kou averaged 16.5 points, 5 off the glass and 3 assists highlighted by the 20 point, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists against in the Ramblers’ win over Eastern Illinois.

Dave Noel (Montreal) – Guard – Senior – Northern Arizona – Feb. 14, 17
Dave Noel had a great week helping his team to a tie for second place in Conference USA. In games against Tulane and Rice, he averaged 15.5 points, 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

That went with his incredible shooting where he only missed two shots from the field (6 of 8) and missing only one free throw out of 17 highlighted by the 11 of 12 from the line in the loss to Tulane. He also was perfect from the arc going 3 of 3.

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Eugene Kotorobai (Markham, ON) – Forward – Senior – Long Island – Feb. 15, 17 Since his recent insertion into the starting lineup for the Black Birds, Kotorobai has been playing great.

Last week he averaged 14.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists in 34 minutes. His highlight game was against Fairleigh Dickinson where he scored 18 points, grabbed 8 off the glass and added 4 helpers leading the charge to the win.

Andy Rautins (Jamesville, NY) – Guard – Sophomore – Syracuse – Feb. 14, 17
Andy Rautins has had a great week.

He had been coming off the bench of late as Coach Boehiem had opted to start Eric Devendorf but that did not keep younger Rautins from playing well. In his teams’ two wins last week over conference rivals South Florida and Connecticut, he had averaged 14 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals in about 29 minutes.

NOTES:

With the Madness soon upon us, here is a list of Canadians that have guest list and should to be dancing in March: Ryan Wright (UCLA), Levon Kendall (Pitt), Jimmy Balderson (BYU), Ryan Wetherall (USC), Sheray Thomas (Kentucky), Joel Anthony (UNLV) and Marlon Pompey (Texas A&M) … Line of the Week part 1: Sean Denison, Santa Clara – 18 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks … if these guys’ teams don’t show up at their conferences’ championship tournaments, they could sitting on the bubble:

Andy Rautins (Syracuse), Maurice Joseph (Michigan State), Jevohn Sheppard (Michigan), Dave Noel (Central Florida), Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes (Gonzaga), Max Paulhus-Gosselin, William Archambault (Davidson) and Sean Denison (Santa Clara) … any bets on what school former All Ivy League performer Keenan Jeppeson will end up at? … these guys need to win their conferences to reach the Dance: Majak Kou (Loyola [Ill.]), Tristan Blackwood and Jemino Sobers (Central Connecticut State) and Steve Sir and Kyle Landry (Northern Arizona) …

Line of the Week part 2: Kai Williams, South Dakota State – 20 points, 10 rebounds … Gloucester, ON native Mani Messy has reportedly left Seton Hall. The reason listed is “personal” … it was recently brought to my attention that there was a reader that wondered about why Scott Brittain was not given more pub, and that reader had a point.

Of the many first year Canadians playing in the NCAAs Division 1, he may be the one of the top two that had a significant impact on his team. He is currently averaging 6.8 points, 5.6 boards starting 25 of 26 games and has played a very consistent amount of minutes from game to game.

I wouldn’t want to say that he has had a big year, but he definitely has proven that he can play at this level. Scott has had some breakout games over the season but he has also had games that he seemingly disappeared in.

Despite all of that, let’s just squash any ill feelings by saying that Brittain has had a good freshman season putting up modest numbers to this point in his early career on a largely overachieving, under experienced team and that we expect him to build on the positive outcome and return for a better sophomore season …

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