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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UPDATED: Blame Canada?

TULSA, Okla. - The Texas Longhorns roster reads like the table of contents in a world almanac. Thirteen players and just four are from Texas. Turkey and Cameroon are represented, as is our neighbor to the north.
Standout freshman Tristan Thompson and guard Cory Joseph, both Canadian, got some love in the Toronto Star Wednesday.
According to the story, the Texas band strums "Oh Canada" when the players approach the free-throw line.
The Star also points out the Longhorns have been mining Canucks for the past decade.
The Grizzlies have a similar connection to the Lansing area, which produced current players like Drew Valentine (Sexton) and Travis Bader (Okemos), as well as former players Derick Nelson (Everett) and Johnathon Jones (Okemos).

“We'll recruit anywhere we can find a player," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "They've found a pipeline to Canada like we've found a pipeline to Lansing. Once you get in and you do well and the coaches know you, they start pushing people your way. That's what we've done in Lansing. It's been pretty successful for us. If we can find another spot to do that, we will.

“The Lansing area has been a big, big part of our growth and where we're at today.”

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