Meet the B.C. boys playing in NCAA basketball's March Madness

If your NCAA tournament bracket is busted before the end of the day, here's another reason to keep watching March Madness.

Three players from Metro Vancouver are suiting up in the Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.

Tsawwassen's Dustin Triano plays for top ranked Gonzaga, Burnaby's Jermaine Haley plays for New Mexico State and Vancouver's Drew Urquhart plays for Vermont.

Dustin Triano

Coach Steve McGilligan remembers when a short, skinny Grade 9 student named Dustin Triano made the senior boy's team at South Delta Secondary School.

Triano's father Jay was a basketball star at Simon Fraser University and went on to become the head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Canadian men's national team.

If competing against bigger and stronger players wasn't enough of a challenge, Dustin also had to deal with opponents who wanted to make a name for themselves by outplaying Jay's son.

"He probably didn't start growing until the middle of Grade 10, so he was a small, slight kid and guys wanted to prove themselves by going after the Triano name," McGilligan said.

"I was amazed at the character he showed. Every night he just kept playing."

Before long, Triano was the best player on the team and then became one of the top players in the province.

He went to Gonzaga, following in the footsteps of fellow British Columbians Kelly Olynyk and Robert Sacre.

Olynyk currently plays for the Boston Celtics in the NBA and Sacre played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Gonzaga women have a British Columbian on the team as well.

Emma Wolfram, a six foot five inch centre from Kamloops, is one of the key contributors for the team that has a tough first round matchup against Oklahoma on Saturday.

Jermaine Haley

Jermaine Haley's mother Paula says she knew her son was going to be special when he learned how to rollerblade.

He was a year old.

A little later on, Paula invited a tennis pro over to give Jermaine a lesson.

"She said she couldn't teach him anything because it looked like he had been playing for years," Paula said.

"He had perfect form and he made it look effortless."

He was four years old at the time.

When Jermaine, the son of a former NFL player and grandson of a world class high jumper, picked up basketball, it didn't take his coaches long to realize he was a special player.

"I knew it probably the first time I ever saw him," said Pasha Bains, a former star player at Richmond High who went on to play at Clemson University.

"Ever since he was a kid, we looked at him and said he has got it."

Bains, who spent countless hours working with Jermaine on his game, will gather all of the students at his basketball camp around the TV on Friday when New Mexico State plays Baylor.

"It's important for them to see what they can become," Bains said.

Jermaine's mom, of course, will be watching, too.

"I took Friday off," she said.

"We'll have the family together, for sure."

Drew Urquhart

Plenty of NBA players bounce from team to team through trades or free agency but it's rare to see it happen at the high school level.

Drew Urquhart is the exception.

He moved from Kelowna to Vancouver, where he played for St. Georges in his Grade 11 season.

The next year, he transferred to a private school in Seattle.

"He wasn't a guy that just wanted to be a scorer, he wanted to rebound and play defence," said St. Georges coach Bill Disbrow.

"He's a nice young man and I enjoyed having him on the team a ton."