Basketball: Toronto’s Myck Kabongo, a 6’1” freshman guard is highly touted as NBA material. He begins his college career as a Texas Longhorn, the team that sent Ontario natives Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph to the NBA as first round draft choices.
Mississauga native Andrew Nicholson is a 2012 NBA Draft Prospect. He played college ball at St. Bonaventure (Allegany, New York) where he won numerous awards. Other NBA prospects include North Vancouver’s Robert Sacre, currently a senior at Gonzaga University and Torontonian Junior Cadogan (Marquette University). Montreal is home to freshman forwards 6’9” Khem Birch, and 6’7” Kris Joseph. Birch will play for Pittsburgh University, Joseph for Syracuse University.
Major League Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays superstar Jose Bautista has won the Hank Aaron Award for the 2nd consecutive year. He was voted top offensive player of the year in the American League and led the majors in homeruns, also for the 2nd straight year. His 43 homers added to his career-best batting average of .302, with 103 RBIs. He also led the majors in slugging percentage (.608), walks (132) and on-base slugging (1.056) to become the first player since Barry Bonds (2001) to lead in four offensive categories. Bautista signed a long-term contract with the Jays last year.
MLS: Dwayne De Rosario made history this year as the only MLS player to score a goal for three different teams in the same season. He is one of three finalists in the running for MVP. Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo) and Brek Shea (FC Dallas have also been named finalists. He was recently named to MS Best X1 for the 6th time. De Rosario joined David Beckham and Thierry Henry on the all-star squad.