Canadian makes NCAA All-Big East basketball squad

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:02 PM ET

Montreal's Kris Joseph was named to the NCAA All-Big East men's basketball team Sunday, one more achievement in a promising career that looks like it may to lead to playing in the NBA.

The last Canadian to make the elite team was Bill Wennington, also of Montreal, in 1985.

Wennington was drafted 16th overall by the Dallas Mavericks that year and went on to win three consecutive NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1995-97.

Joseph is 6 ft. 7 in. tall, 22 years old and plays forward for the Syracuse University Orangemen. He's averaging 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game heading into the Big East Tournament.

If Joseph decides not to finish his fourth year of university and instead enters the next NBA draft, he'll likely be chosen in the first or second round.

Joseph's older brother, Maurice, is also an elite basketball player. He recently started his professional career in Israel. Before that, he played for Michigan State and the University of Vermont.

Along with Joseph, there's a chance three other Canadians might make a Big 12 team.

Forward Tristan Thomson, who plays for the University of Texas at Austin and who is from Brampton, Ontario, has a good chance of being named to the All-Big 12, All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams, ­ which would be unprecedented for a Canadian.

Thompson's teammate, guard Cory Joseph, originally from Toronto, is also likely to make the Big 12 All-Freshman team. So is Iowa State forward Melvin Ejim, also from Toronto.

If Thompson, Joseph and Ejim make the team, it would be the first time three Canadians are named to the All-Freshman squad in the same NCAA conference in the same year.

Sixteen universities, mostly along the eastern half of the United States, make up the Big East Conference.

The players on the all-conference teams are chosen by the conference's head coaches. The coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.


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