Basketball is changing. From high school to the NBA, the three-point shot is taking over the game. Despite what the old timers may think, it’s a good thing.
We’re witnessing a revolution, and it’s being led by Stephen Curry. The baby faced assassin is changing the way kids craft their game. Don’t believe me? Take it from the Statfather himself, Ken Pomeroy.
Teams are building their rosters to feature three and even four capable three-point shooters on the floor at the same time. This design just won Villanova a national championship as the Wildcats attempted an eye-popping 959 three-pointers this season at a smooth 37 percent clip. Nova’s Final Four counterpart Oklahoma attempted 906. To put these attempts into perspective, Conference USA’s own Marshall attempted 985. Don’t be shocked to see more teams fashion their style of play to mimic the Villanovas of the world.
You know, that cold place above the United States. Or as I call it, the basketball/maple syrup capital of the world. The Canucks have invaded the NBA. Steve Nash broke the levee years ago by winning the MVP in back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006. We’ve since seen Joel Anthony, Kelly Olynyk, Andrew Wiggins, and Tristan Thompson pay their bills in American currency.
The North saw it’s best collegiate representation ever in this year’s NCAA Sweet 16. Let’s take a look at some of Canada’s most notable participants.
Jamal Murray | Kentucky
Dillon Brooks | Oregon
Chris Boucher | Oregon *Blocked more shots than William Lee this season*
Kyle Wiltjer | Gonzaga
Naz Long | Iowa St
The country is pumping out elite talent at a rate never done before. In 2014-15 Canada produced a record 13 players on starting rosters, and this year’s NBA All Star game was hosted by the Toronto Raptors for the first time outside of the U.S. Kentucky and Gonzaga have both recruited Canadian players with much success in recent years.
Canadians can hoop, and Coach Rob Ehsan got the message loud and clear.
One hundred and twenty-seven
That’s how many three-pointers departing senior Robert Brown made during his two seasons wearing the green and gold. You can bet your basketballs Coach Rob Ehsan is buying his first bottle of Rogaine just thinking about it.
This is where Nate Darling comes in.
Don’t let Darling’s boyish looks fool you. On the court, he can be a man among boys.
Last night the Nova Scotian participated in the annual BioSteel All-Canadian game. Last year’s event included players such as Jamal Murray and Thon Maker.
The Toronto Sun’s Frank Zicarelli was at the event last night night and had this to say about the blossoming guard.
In the game’s early stages, which featured the country’s top players assigned to either Team White or Team Red, Nate Darling emerged as the crowd’s darling with his ability to weave into the paint and finish the sequence in a Pete Maravichesque ball-handling move eliciting a huge reaction.
It goes without saying any player who garners Pistol Pete comparisons must be pretty darn good. At 6-foot-4 with the ability to hit the three and handle the ball, UAB might have found themselves a perfect replacement for Robert Brown.
UAB hasn’t had a player score more than 30 points since Chad Frazier dropped 32 on Nebraska in November of 2013.
With that thought in mind, I’ll leave you with this…
The 50-Point Game