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Wednesday / June 26.
  • Six Canadians projected in NBA Draft (UPDATED)

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    This could be a banner year for Canadians in the NBA Draft.

    Six Canadians are projected to be drafted, according to the latest mock from ESPN.com.

    That would surpass the record of four in 2014, when three were taken in the first round.

    Per ESPN, Duke’s R.J. Barrett is projected at No. 3, Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke at No. 14, Virginia Tech’s Nickeil-Alexander Walker at No. 20, Arizona State’s Luguentz Dort at No. 25, Florida State’s Mfiondu Kabengele at No. 27 and Michigan’s Ignas Brazdeikis at No. 40.

    That follows an NCAA tournament in which all six players were among 24 Canadians in the Big Dance.

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Barrett, whose Godfather is Steve Nash, could end up being the best Canadian ever.

    “R.J. can be as good as anybody coming from Canada,” Coach K said last month.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.