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Kentucky’s best Canadians


Even though it is the 4th of July, the most American and patriotic day of the year, I thought we could talk about Canada. Following Jamal Murray’s decision to come to Kentucky, I decided to look back at all the Canadians that have played basketball at Kentucky.


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Jamaal Magloire (Toronto, Ontario)

– Played for Kentucky from 1996-2000, where he averaged 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in four years

– Played in 145 games and scored a total of 1064 points; scored a career-high of 23 points twice against Vanderbilt and South Carolina in 2000

– Spent 12 years in the NBA; played for the Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors


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Bernard Cote (St. Lambert, Quebec)

– Played for Kentucky from 2002-2004 before transferring to Northwestern following his sophomore season

– In 52 total games played, Cote scored a total of 60 points, averaging 1.1 points per game; scored a career-high of seven points against Vanderbilt in 2004

– In his one season at Northwester, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game


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Sheray Thomas (Montreal, Quebec)

– Played for Kentucky from 2003-2007, where he averaged 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in four years

– Played in 117 games and scored a total of 308 points; Thomas scored a career-high of 13 points against Georgia in 2006

– Played in Canadian NBL for the St. John Mill Rats and the Montreal Jazz

The UK men's basketball team participates in photo day at Joe Craft Center on August 22, 2012 in Lexington, KY. Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

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Kyle Wiltjer 

– Wiltjer was actually born in Portland, Ore., but has dual citizenship because his father is Canadian and played for the Canadian national team in the 1984 Olympics; Wiltjer has committed to play for Canada at the international level

– Played for Kentucky from 2011-2013 before transferring to Gonzaga following his sophomore season; won a national championship in 2012 and was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2013

– Played in a total of 73 games where he scored a total of 535 points, where he averaged 7.3 points per game in two seasons; scored a career-high of 26 points against Ole Miss in 2013

– After sitting out a season at Gonzaga, Wiltjer averaged 16.8 points per game in his first season with the Bulldogs; Wiltjer returned to Gonzaga for senior season

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Trey Lyles (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

– In one season at Kentucky, Lyles played in a total of 36 games (started 21 of those games), where he scored 313 points, averaging 8.7 per game

–Scored in double figures in 13 of 36 games, including eight of the season’s final 14 games; recorded two double-doubles on the year

– Was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice and was to the 2015 All-SEC Freshman team; Lyles was selected 12th overall to the Utah Jazz in the 2015 NBA Draft


Mychal Mulder (Windsor, Ontario)

– A JUCO transfer from Vincennes State chose to play at Kentucky over Indiana, Wichita State and Creighton; will have two years of eligibility left at Kentucky

– Mulder averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game during his sophomore season, while shooting 46.3% behind the three-point line


Jamal Murray (Kitchener, Ontario)

– A five-star shooting guard ranked as the ninth-best prospect by 247 Sports and fifteenth-best by Rivals; reclassified to the 2015 class

– As a member of the Canadian team, Murray scored 30 points against the U.S. at the Nike Hoop Summit it Portland followed by 29 points at the BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game

– Draft Express has Murray projected to go 21st overall in a mock 2016 NBA Draft; more than likely his stock will rise following his freshman season at Kentucky




Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

2 Comments for Kentucky’s best Canadians

  1. Ale8
    9:11 pm July 4, 2015 Permalink

    This is by far the worst post I’ve ever seen.

    • Hey, Canada has been good to UK, and don’t forget the last Jamal (Jamaal) fro Ontario helped us win #7! Also, today is a slow news day except for the Kash announcement. Canada has been good to me too since my wife is from there!