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Armstrong: Five thoughts on Canadians in March Madness

Jack Armstrong
3/19/2014 1:47:53 PM
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Let's take a quick look at five of the many Canadians in the NCAA Tournament this year.  The game in this country just continues to improve and it will be fun to watch it all unfold starting tomorrow. Can't wait!

1. ANDREW WIGGINS (Kansas): This young man has incredible talent and upside with explosivity and skill to spare. Wiggins has terrific feel for the game and can make all the plays. His strength and stamina have been an issue on occasion, but he plays better when challenged. Wiggins has to play with a more consistent motor, but that's expected for such a young guy, who's handled all the hoopla of his frosh year quite well. He'll set the tone for how far his team goes.

2. TYLER ENNIS (Syracuse): Ennis is an intelligent and steady point guard, who makes all the high percentage decisions for you. He plays at a controlled speed and has excellent vision and feel for the game. His poise and composure under pressure is off the charts. Ennis changes speeds well and knows how to make others better with remarkable maturity and leadership ability for a frosh. He's got to exert his will earlier in games here in the Tournament and get his team going and set the tone. Ennis is truly the straw that stirs the drink for the 'Cuse.

3. NIK STAUSKAS (Michigan): There are major improvements in Stauskas's strength and overall savvy from last season. He can really stroke it and plays with energy and emotion consistently and is an excellent screen-usage guy and knows how to get open.  The elevation on his jump shot is terrific and his handle has gotten better, allowing him to create for himself and teammates. Stauskas is coming on strong.

4. MELVIN EJIM (Iowa State): Here's an intriguing guy. Ejim's a very good athlete who has good compete level and I love how he's able to finish on the break and play the game inside and out. Ejim attacks the basket hard and I love his energy. He's gotten better every year, which is a testament to his work ethic and love for the game. He's a beast on the glass and has really improved his three-point-shooting stroke. Ejim's stock is really rising.

5. KEVIN PANGOS (Gonzaga): Pangos is a shooter with deep range and a guy who can get on a roll if you leave him open. He's a gym rat who gets after it for you. Pangos isn't the biggest guy, yet plays as hard as you can ask and creates his shot well and has a knack for freeing himself up in the five-on-five game and you better not leave him open in transition. Pangos moves his feet and fights through screens on the defensive end and relishes the challenge of getting stops. He's steady and reliable in every situation. In short, Pangos is a winner. 

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