Earlier this month, the most successful basketball coach in Canadian history, Jay Triano, said it’s about time more of his ilk get some credit for helping to develop the burgeoning pipeline of talent in this country.
Slowly but surely, the basketball world appears to be clueing in. Jama Mahalela, a former Oakwood Collegiate and UBC Thunderbirds star, is a long-time Raptors employee, about to spend his second season on the bench as an assistant to Dwane Casey. Toronto’s Jamaal Magloire is in player development with his hometown franchise.
Ryerson head coach Roy Rana has coached the likes of Dante Exum and Andrew Wiggins on international all-star teams at various prestigious tournaments and has spent time as a guest coach with the Raptors and Utah Jazz, while Scott Morrison just went on leave from his post as Lakehead bench boss to take a job with the Boston Celtics-affiliated Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.