Leo Rautins

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 2:00pm to Saturday, February 6, 2010 - 1:59pm
Location: 
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Mac Campbell Lecture Series

Leo Rautins has been in the forefront of the Canadian basketball scene for more than three decades.  At just 16 years of age, he was the youngest to ever dress for the Senior Men's National Team, and the first Canadian to taken in the first round of the NBA draft.  In 1983, he was picked 17th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Generally regarded as one of the best players ever produced in Canada, Rautins opened the floodgates for American colleges to scout and recruit talent in Canada. More than 100 NCAA schools recruited the six-foot-eight swing man.  After a brief stint at the University of Minnesota and selection to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team, Rautins starred for Syracuse University, where he was named Most Valuable Player at the Big East Tournament and was selected to the school's All-Century Team.  He finished college with an impressive career on the court and a degree from the prestigious SI Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Off the court, Rautins has been the television analyst for national broadcasts of the NBA in Canada and the Toronto Raptors since the team was established in 1995. This ball player turned analyst has interpreted the game for viewers of CBC, the SCORE, TSN, Raptors TV, CTV, Sporstnet, and ESPN, not to mention readers of the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Globe & Mail, and the Italian daily, Corrierre Dello Sport, to name a few.

In 2005, Rautins career came full circle when he was chosen as the Head Coach of Canada's Men’s Senior National Basketball Team – a position he still holds today.