Saturday, 16 December 2006

AUS Review Part II

Off the top this morning as we get set for Kentucky at Louisville is a note from Nathan Schellenberg, Saskatchewan Huskies assistant coach with a note about another Levon Kendall article. Many thanks to Coach Schellenberg for passing his note along.

Hi Mark,

Good job on the blog, very interesting stuff. I look forward to reading
it daily.

Thought I'd follow up your Levon Kendall article by letting you know about a link that was on's college page today.

ESPN's Andy Katz article on Levon Kendall

Keep up the good work.


Nathan Schellenberg
Assistant Coach
University of Saskatchewan Huskies Men's Basketball

Other Articles of note from the past 24 hours:

Another article on Sam Ashaolu from the Toronto Star here

Sault. Ste. Marie, Ontario's D.J. Wright made the trek down to the greater Toronto area a couple of years ago and was recently rewarded with a scholarship to one of last season's NCAA Final 4 teams, LSU Tigers. DJ is playing his final year of prep with TAPS out of Toronto before looking to move on to Baton Rouge next September. Here is a recent story on DJ Wright DJ Wright article

Queen's University hosted the 61st edition of its high school tournament last weekend and the championship game included two of the top high school players in Canada in 6'8" Jonathan House from Guelph and 6'7" Aaron Chapman from Belleville. Chapman, likely headed for Carleton to join his brother or to a U.S. Division 1 school (he's that good), is probably the best player out of Eastern Ontario since Aaron Doornekamp. House recently committed to Belmont University, an NCAA Division 1 program out of Nashville, Tennessee. Queen's High School tournament summary

More on the REB Hoops Classic in Edmonton here

AUS Review Part II

Baldwin Division

St. Mary's Huskies (3-2 in AUS, 6-7 vs. CIS overall)

Coach Ross Quackenbush got an immediate lift from 6'6" Acadia transfer Clint Bateman and his array of inside/out skills, as Bateman leads the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg overall. But the real key to a successful season for the Huskies could lie in how well 6'3" Aaron Duncan, a former Toronto Player of the Year, performs in the second half. Duncan averaged 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.1 blocks per game and could be one of Canada's top all around talents at the wing spot. Big man Ikeobi Uchegbu cleans the glass at 7.0 rpg and also shoots 56% from the floor while adding 11.5 ppg. Veteran 4th year guard Mark Ross averages a team-high 34.4 ppg and strong floor leadership while 2nd year guard Mark McLaughlin averages over 30 minutes per game while averaging 10.6 ppg. St. Mary's usually doesn't go very deep but with one of AUS's best overall players, a solid inside presence, another big guy who can step outside and make shots plus 2 veteran guards, the Huskies should be a solid match for anyone in the AUS and a threat to get to Halifax. St. Mary's will participate in the Rod Shoveller Memorial tournament in Halifax over the holidays and will face Lee Academy, a prep school from Maine, in the first round of the tournament St. Mary's Huskies web site

Memorial Seahawks (3-3, 4-8)

Coach Todd Aughey has used almost his entire team on most nights but relies on his big 3 of Brandon transfer Sean Thistle (19.9 ppg/9.4 rpg/1.2 apg/1.8 spg/1.1 bpg), Justin Halleran (16.8 ppg in 33.3 mpg) and Evan Constantine (12.8 ppg in 20.4 mpg) for most of the touches, scoring and rebounding. Each of the Big 3 play over 30 minutes per night. Memorial also has two fifth-year stalwards in the backcourt in point guard Curtis Power (3.8 ppg, 4.1 apg) and Colin Power who contributes 4.9 apg. Always tough to beat on the Rock, the Seahawks were able to sweep Baldwin division leader St. Mary's Huskies, handing them their only 2 losses of the season, to stay within striking distance of the division lead. Memorial heads to Toronto after Christmas to compete in Ryerson's Ed DeArmon tournament where they will clash with the host Rams on December 28th MUN Men's Basketball official site

Dalhousie Tigers (2-4, 5-10)

John Campbell's Tigers still have some talent left from last season but an inability for new players to step up has hurt Dal in the first half. 6'2" fifth-year guard Monte Francois, from Scarborough, ON, once again is Dal's top offensive threat averaging 14.1 ppg. 6'8" center Germain Bendegue provides a solid paint-area presence at both ends (13.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg) while second year guard Andrew Sullivan (10.6 ppg/2.9 rpg/3.5 apg) is a top perimeter threat and usually takes care of the ball handling responsibilities. 6'7" third-year veteran Drew Stratton starts at the four spot and averages over 31 mpg chipping in with 9.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The fifth starter is 6'5" Ryan deWinter, a fourth-year forward out of Sussex, NB. Dal has deployed the same starters for the majority of the season and usually goes 3 or 4 deep on the bench but not for long periods. 6'7" Sandy Viet from Mississauga is the most highly-touted freshman and in the first half he averaged 2.5 points per game in about 12 minutes per game of action. Dal's one signature win in the first half was a home victory over the improving Acadia Axemen however Dal lost their last 3 games going into the break. Dal will host the Rod Shoveller tournament, playing Maine Fort-Kent, an NAIA school located just under the Canadian border with a 6-6 record thus far this season including a pair of tight wins against St. Thomas University and Mount Allison University, both of which compete in the Atlantic colleges conference. Dalhousie Men's Basketball Official Site

UNB Varsity Reds (1-5, 2-11)

A program that just a few season's ago almost knocked off Carleton at the Nationals has fallen upon hard times with just 2 wins on the season, both at home and both in overtime. With a roster made up almost exclusively of New Brunswick natives, losing top local players on the recruiting trail to other Canadian schools (Andrew Wright of Fredericton to Bishop's and Grahame Scott to Carleton for example) has contributed to the recent downturn in the program. 6'0" guard Oliver Glencross (13.6 ppg/ 3.8 rpg/ 5.8 apg) has led the Varsity Reds in scoring in 8 of their 13 games and in both wins. At least 10 players average in double digit minutes and the club has employed a new starting lineup almost every game so coach Thom Gillespe appears to be searching for the right combinations. 6'6" forward Bill Walker is the top scoring big man at 10.3 ppg, adding 4.2 rpg while 6'10" Adam Parent leads the team in rebounding at 4.9 rpg. With no noteable freshman on this season's team, it appears that the tough times will continue. UNB will compete at the Bishop's tournament over the holidays in a field which includes the host Gaiters, RMC Paladins and Laval from the Quebec league. UNB Varsity Reds Official Web Site

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