We all know what March means! It’s March Madness! The fact that the United States has a whole month dedicated to college basketball shows how important it is to the country. For Canadian athletes, it’s more difficult to be aware of the US college options available unless crucial time is taken to properly research and find out the right information. Whether you’re a high school counselor, a student, an athlete, or a parent, there’s a lot you need to know about US colleges and it can’t all be found on the internet. Thankfully, the US College Expo takes this stress of your hands by bringing some of the best sports US colleges and universities right to you. It is a free, public event where US college and university representatives provide information about scholarships, loans and finances. Some schools specialize in liberal arts, health sciences or professional degrees. There will also be schools that are actively recruiting athletes, so it is the perfect place to network.

Going to university fairs is how many Canadian athletes learned about the US schools they are attending now. With March Madness in full effect, many of you basketball players are probably wondering what schools would be the best to check out. These are currently the top 5 basketball schools in the US.

  1. Duke
    Duke is praised for having arguably the best college basketball coach. Coach Mike Krzyzwekski has been coaching the Blue Devils since 1980. Under his leadership, the team has won five championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015). 
     
  2. Kentucky
    Kentucky's is great because it has the biggest college college basketball venue, the Rupp Arena. 
     
  3. Kansas
    Kansas's first has some very rich history. It's first coach (1898) was the founding father of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. 
     
  4. North Carolina
    Just 12 hours away from Duke university, these two schools have the top college basketball teams in the country. North Carolina has five championships, with the most recent win being in 2009, under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.
     
  5. Louisville
    The Cardinals won a national championship in 2013. It was a very exciting win because their last championship was in 1986. Former NBA coach Rick Pitino took over the team in 2001, so these players are learning from one of the best. 
     

Canadian Athletes Participating in March Madness

Marial Shayok, Milwaukee Bucks - Originally from Ottawa,Ontario
Chris Boucher, Oregon Ducks- Originally from Montreal,Quebec
Dylan Ennis, Oregon Ducks- Originally from Brampton, Ontario
Grant Mullins, California Bears - Originally from Burlington, ON
Justin Jackson, Maryland Terrapins- Originally from Toronto, ON
Mychal Mulder, Kentucky Wildcats- Originally from Windsor, Ontario

These Canadian athletes are representing Canada well and doing great at their American colleges. If you’re interested in learning more about what US colleges have to offer, visit the US College Expo in one of these four cities. Admission is FREE. Pre-register at http://uscollegeexpo.com/

Vancouver - April 29, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm
Calgary - April 30, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm
Ottawa - May 3, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Toronto - May 7, 2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm