NCAA Basketball: Six Ontarian’s to Keep an Eye On

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Chris Egi, Harvard Crimson (Markham, ON)

Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, Team USA West player Kameron Chatman (8) has his shot blocked by Team Canada player Chris Egi (12) during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to entering Harvard as a freshmen this season, Egi has built up an impressive basketball resume that features appearances on Canada’s under-16, under-17 and under-19 national teams. On top of his national team experience, Egi was also able to win a national championship with Montverde Academy (FL) last season.

While the growing list of accolades is impressive, it is arguably not Egi’s best overall attribute. Much like his brother William, a sophomore at Princeton University, Chris is a high academic achiever that boasted a 96 percent average in his final year of high school.

Although academic success has always come easy for Egi, his decision to choose Harvard over schools like Florida and Connecticut speaks volumes to the type of character he is. But don’t be fooled by Egi’s decision to choose an Ivy League school over perennial basketball powers like UCONN – he can flat-out play.

At 6-8, the Markham native is a long, athletic forward that plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor. His reputation for having a relentless work ethic on and off the court makes him an ideal role model for young up-and-coming players in Ontario.