If anyone asks you to name the fastest guard in Canadian university basketball, tell them it's Stephon Lamar of the Saskatchewan Huskies.
Maybe Lamar is, maybe Lamar is not, but driving the length of the floor for a game-winning layup after taking an inbound pass with 4.4 seconds on the clock gives the Huskies' floor leader a very strong argument. On Monday, Saskatchewan was on the brink of defeat against the Marygrove (Mich.) Mustangs during the Tom Byron Classic tournament in Santa Barbara, California after Diante Taylor banked in a layup in heavy traffic under the hoop. Then Lamar beat his man off the dribble and sped downcourt to seal an 89-88 win with a kiss off the glass.
By no means should anyone compare a holiday tournament game between CIS and NAIA teams equivalent to a NCAA tournament game. But UCLA's Tyus Edney had an additional four-10ths of a second, along with a timeout to set up, when he pulled off a similar coast-to-coast layin for a one-point win in the 1995 NCAA tournament.
That should make for a nice Southern California homecoming for Lamar, who scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in the second half. The San Diego native has overcome the culture shock and change in climate to become a standout for Saskatchewan, which is ranked No. 7 in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport coaches' poll. Lamar is the Canada West conference's second-leading scorer behind the Calgary Dinos' Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, a quicksilver Winnipegger.
Consider this a friendly reminder that one could do a lot worse than checking out a CIS or CCAA game in order to satisfy a craving to see some high-tempo hoops. The Canadian schools play with a 24-second shot clock, creating a need for speed that Lamar provided at a propitious moment.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to email@example.com.