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Since Dana Altman became the coach of Oregon Basketball, the Ducks have built a real pipeline of Canadian Basketball players. Starting in 2011 with Devoe Joseph and Old Ashaolu the Ducks have had a steady stream of Canadian Players. Bringing Mike Mennenga in 2014 helped even more with his deep roots just on the other side of the border at when he was coaching at Canisius. The Ducks have also been involved in the recruiting of big Canadian names like RJ Barrett and Jamal Murray. As somebody who grew up in Toronto and went to University of Oregon it’s awesome to have the connection, particularly when growing up nobody knew a thing about Oregon. So to celebrate the Ducks upcoming trip to play exhibition games in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto I’m presenting you my All-Canadian Duck Roster.
Center- Chris Boucher – Montreal, Quebec
Power Forward– Eugene Omoruyi – Rexdale, Ontario
Small Forward– Dillon Brooks – Mississauga, Ontario
Shooting Guard– Chris Duarte – Montreal, Quebec
Point Guard– Devoe Joseph – Toronto, Ontario
Many people forget about Chris Duarte being Canadian, but I sure don’t and love having the Jerry West Award winner in the backcourt with All Pac-12 first teamer Devoe Joseph. The person who’s taking the last shot is Oregons version of Mr. Clutch Dillon Brooks. Euenge Omoruyi (aka Eugene form Eugene) gives the team some tough inside presence offensively. For Center you have to go with Chris Boucher! The combination of shot blocking with the ability to stretch the floor to shoot 3s is a must have on my roster. What you have here is a team of scorers, Boucher gives you the shot blocking inside with Eugene to battle on the offensive glass. Devoe is a high scoring guard who can play off the versatility of Duarte and having Dillon Brooks bring that energy and be that person who gets under your skin on defense. Also great to see 4/5 of the players in the NBA with Chris Boucher playing for the Toronto Raptors.
Forward- Olu Ashaolu – Toronto, Ontario
Guard- Jason Calliste – Scarborough, Ontario
Guard- Dylan Ennis – Brampton, Ontario
Forward- MiKyle McIntosh – Pickering, Ontario
Forward- Quincy Guerrier – Montreal, Quebec
Guard- Keeshawn Barthelemy – Montreal, Quebec
Forward/Center- Richard Amardi – Toronto, Ontario
Guard- Ethan Butler – Toronto, Ontario
A meal at The Pancake House was a big factor in Olu Ashaolu’s recruitment and you’ve got to love that. Olu also has some of the nastiest dunks in the history of Oregon Basketball! Jason Calliste was a very underrated player, he rocked the long sleeves under his jersey and was a sniper. Dylan Ennis was a real leader on that Final Four team of 2016-17 and is also a great follow on social media. MiKyle McIntosh was a solid player who would play some undersized 5 on this roster, tough inside presence and can stretch the floor. Quincy Guerrier is still on the Ducks and is poised for a strong senior year and would help at that 3/4 spot. Keeshawn Barthelemy hasn’t suited up for the Ducks yet, but based on production from Colorado he will be a solid contributor. To round out the roster you have Richard Amardi who’s going to be playing Center in this situation. Ethan Butler is coming in to his second year in Eugene and will continue to grow as he sticks with the program.