Who to Watch in 2020 – U Sports Men’s Basketball

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Manitoba’s Andre Arruda is one name to watch in the second half of the 2019-20 season. (Source: Manitoba Bisons) (Header: Toronto Varsity Blues)

SARNIA, Ont. — Canada is home to a ton of talent.

Too often, those names fly under the radar and don’t get the attention they deserve.

With the second half of the 2019-20 season set to get underway, we took a look through rosters from coast to coast to see which players deserve more attention. With that, we’ve come up with a list of 48 names, one from each Men’s Basketball team at the U Sports level, as players who you should keep a closer eye on for the 2020 portion of the season.

These players may not necessarily be the top scorers or the biggest producers for their respective team. However, they all serve key roles with their respective programs, and should play integral roles during the stretch run.

On Twitter (@CCR_Canada), a thread was published for the 48 players you’ll see below. A bit more insight was put into the thread, so be sure to check that out.

Below, you’ll find the full list of all 48 names of the players to keep an eye on over the Winter Semester, along with their stat line from the first half.

Acadia AxemenAlex Muise
2nd Year / Guard / 6’4″ / Bedford, NS
9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg; 40.7% FG, 83.3% FT


Alberta Golden BearsAdam Paige
2nd Year / Forward / 6’8″ / Surrey, BC
13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg; 48.6% FG, 34.4% 3PT


Algoma ThunderbirdsPeter Wetuvanga
2nd Year / Guard / 6’1″ / Toronto, Ont.
12.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg; 48.7% FG, 35.7% 3PT


Bishop’s GaitersIbrahim Ngom
2nd Year / Guard / 6’3″ / Montreal, Que.
10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg; 39.5% FG, 38.7% 3PT


Brandon BobcatsAnthony Tsegakele
1st Year / Forward / 6’6″ / Montreal, Que.
14.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.7 apg; 46.5% FG, 65.5% FT


Brock BadgersDaniel Cayer
5th Year / Forward / 6’6″ / Pierrefonds, Que.
11.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.0 spg; 50.0% FG, 66.7% 3PT


Calgary DinosNoah Wharton
1st Year / Guard / 6’0″ / Brampton, Ont.
7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.9 apg; 31.8% FG, 84.8% FT 


Cape Breton CapersCJ Bennett
4th Year / Guard / 6’3″ / Brampton, Ont.
7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 spg; 39.1% FG, 68.2% FT


Carleton RavensConnor Vreeken
2nd Year / Guard / 6’4″ / Kingston, Ont.
6.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.9 apg; 50.0% FG, 52.0% 3PT


Concordia StingersSami Ghandour
4th Year / Forward / 6’6″ / Saida, Lebanon
11.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.4 apg; 53.8% FG, 92.3% FT


Dalhousie TigersJordan Brathwaite
3rd Year / Guard / 6’3″ / Milton, Ont.
10.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.3 apg; 52.6% FG, 50.0% 3PT, 83.3% FT


Fraser Valley CascadesVick Toor
3rd Year / Guard / 6’0″ / Kent, Wash.
9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg; 61.4% FG, 87.0% FT


Guelph GryphonsKeenan Dowell
3rd Year / Guard / 6’5″ / Surrey, BC
9.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg; 39.1% FG, 36.8% 3PT


Lakehead ThunderwolvesAlston Harris
2nd Year / Guard / Ottawa, Ont.
11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.0 apg; 38.0% FG, 45.2% 3PT


Laurentian VoyageursHaroun Mohamed
5th Year / Guard / 6’3″ / Toronto, Ont.
9.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg; 37.9% FG, 37.9% 3PT, 92.0% FT


Laurier Golden HawksRomello Taylor
3rd Year / Guard / 6’0″ / Mississauga, Ont.
9.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg; 33.3% FG, 30.8% 3PT


Laval Rouge et OrSteeve Joseph
1st Year / Guard / 5’8″ / Montreal, Que.
17.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg; 44.9% FG, 36.4% 3PT


Lethbridge PronghornsKeanu Funa
4th Year / Forward / 6’3″ / Lethbridge, Alta.
11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.3 apg; 43.7% FG, 72.5% FT


MacEwan GriffinsMason Hunter
3rd Year / Wing / 6’3″ / Sherwood Park, Alta.
8.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg; 31.8% FG, 80.0% FT


Manitoba BisonsAndre Arruda
4th Year / Forward / 6’4″ / Winnipeg, Man.
10.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg; 44.9% FG, 47.8% 3PT, 83.3% FT


McGill UniversityJamal Mayali
3rd Year / Guard / 6’4″ / Toronto, Ont.
17.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 spg; 51.4% FG, 61.5% 3PT


McMaster MaraudersTristan Lindo
2nd Year / Guard / Ajax, Ont.
9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.5 apg; 52.9% FG, 33.3% 3PT


Memorial Sea-hawksJason Thompson
3rd Year / Guard / 6’0″ / St. John’s, NL
11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.5 apg; 47.0% FG, 38.1% 3PT


Mount Royal CougarsNate Petrone
1st Year / Guard / 6’1″ / Calgary, Alta.
8.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.8 apg; 46.8% FG, 58.8% 3PT, 94.4% FT


Nipissing LakersJustin Hill
5th Year / Guard / Oakland, Calif.
7.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg; 32.3% FG, 71.4% FT


Ontario Tech RidgebacksAmmar Hassan
1st Year / Forward / 6’5″ / London, Ont.
13.5 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.7 apg; 40.9% FG, 67.3% FT


Ottawa Gee-GeesKevin Civil
2nd Year / Guard / 5’11” / Montreal, Que.
13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg; 35.0% FG, 85.7% FT


Queen’s GaelsCole Syllas
1st Year / Wing / 6’5″ / Kingston, Ont.
14.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.9 apg; 44.1% FG, 87.0% FT


Regina CougarsSamuel Hillis
5th Year / Guard / 6’4″ / Regina, Sask.
12.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg; 45.5% FG, 68.8% FT


Ryerson RamsTom Dumont
1st Year / Guard / 6’7″ / Montreuil, France
6.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.2 apg; 36.4% FG, 33.3% 3PT


Saint Mary’s HuskiesQyemah Gibson
2nd Year / Forward / 6’5″ / Nassau. Bahamas
16.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.6 apg; 46.8% FG, 90.0% FT


Saskatchewan HuskiesNoah Nickel
2nd Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Abbotsford, BC
11.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.9 apg; 47.9% FG, 41.7% 3PT


StFX X-MenDondre Reddick
1st Year / Guard / 6’3″ / Antigonish, NS
11.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg; 43.3% FG, 61.5% 3PT, 88.9% FT


Thompson Rivers WolfpackMichael Rouault
5th Year / Guard / 6’5” / Vernon, BC
12.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 apg; 48.1% FG, 76.7% FT


Toronto Varsity BluesEric Rwahwire
4th Year / Guard / 6’5” / Toronto, Ont.
16.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg; 34.3% FG, 34.9% 3PT


Trinity Western SpartansJa’Qualyn Gilbreath
4th Year / Guard / 6’2″ / Amarillo, Texas
24.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.1 apg; 44.7% FG, 84.6% FT


UBC Okanagan HeatPhilip Okanlawon
3rd Year / Guard / 6’1″ / Calgary, Alta.
10.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 apg; 28.5% FG, 70.0% FT


UBC ThunderbirdsGrant Audu
3rd Year / Wing / 6’4″ / Toronto, Ont.
13.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg; 51.0% FG, 34.4% 3PT


UNB RedsMarcus Masters
1st Year / Guard / 5’10” / Kitchener, Ont.
13.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg; 50.0% FG, 50.0% 3PT


UNBC TimberwolvesSpencer Ledoux
2nd Year / Forward / 6’7″ / Kamloops, BC
7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.0 apg; 63.6% FG, 63.6% FT


UPEI PanthersElijah Miller
1st Year / Guard / 5’11” / Etobicoke, Ont.
15.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.3 apg; 45.2% FG, 85.7% FT


UQAM CitadinsJonathan Noel-Jeune
2nd Year / Guard
12.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg; 52.4% FG, 55.0% 3PT


Victoria VikesMatthew Ellis
4th Year / Forward / 6’7″ / Calgary, Alta.
12.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg; 57.1% FG, 68.2% FT


Waterloo WarriorsJustin Malnerich
3rd Year / Guard / 6’2″ / Cambridge, Ont.
12.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 12. apg; 39.7% FG, 43.8% 3PT


Western MustangsAryan Sharma
2nd Year / Forward / Milton, Ont.
9.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.5 apg; 58.2% FG, 41.9% 3PT, 83.3% FT


Windsor LancersShakael Pryce
1st Year / Guard / 6’2″ / Pickering, Ont.
14.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg; 36.7% FG, 77.9% FT


Winnipeg WesmenDon Dayrit
3rd Year / Guard / 6’0″ / Winnipeg, Man.
10.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.0 apg; 37.0% FG, 80.0% FT


York LionsDeAndrae Pierre
2nd Year / Guard / 6’1″ / Brampton, Ont.
11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg; 32.2% FG, 78.6% FT


– T. Bennett

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