Wednesday, 25 April 2007

In the News, Recruiting and Labour Day Updates

Mike Tucker, who does a wonderful job with University College of Fraser Valley Cascades sports information, has released an announcement on the Cascades Labour Day schedule Cascades host Air Force, Boise State

An article in the Abbotsford News on UCFV's top recruit for this season's class, 5'9" Dylan Gatner Cascades get the point Also, the official release from the UCFV sports information office Cascades get their point

Howard Tsumura's article on Canada West's games on the Labour Day weekend which appeared in his excellent High School and University Sports site in the Vancouver Province Canada West teams face off against NCAA competition

An interesting piece in the Hamilton Spectator about parental-led fundraising for athletics Fundraising School Threat

Another article on Jay Triano's induction into the A.N. Myer High School Hall-of-Fame in Niagara Falls this coming weekend Triano credits his past coaches

A very good article from San Grewal from the Toronto Star on the growing interest in basketball in Toronto and Canada bouyed primarily by the recent success of the Toronto Raptors. A sobering set of data however puts the popularity into some perspective as television audiences for the Raptors, although growing significantly, still are between 1/6th and 1/10th of a typical audience for Hockey Night in Canada and Maple Leaf hockey games Raptor Nation: Hockey is still our game, but another sport is making a full-court press

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports on Duquesne University men's basketball coach Ron Everhart, who accepted the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award on Monday in Atlanta, and also announced that the Dukes are planning to take a preseason trip to Toronto, where they will play a four-game exhibition schedule against Canadian competition. Duquesne eyes pre-season trip to Canada

Recruiting and Labour Day news: OUA West - The Brock Badgers will welcome at least 4 new faces to next season's lineup, led by 6'6" Andrew Ferguson from St. Catharines Governor Simcoe, one of the Top 50 players in Ontario according to Jim Thomas' All-Ontario Scouting Service. Ferguson has a nice touch from the perimeter and should push for playing time as a freshman with the Badgers, especially with the graduation of "4" man Chris Keith. Coach Ken Murray also got commitments from 6'6" Gidon Frank (Toronto Community Hebrew Academy (CHAT) and Vaughan S.S.), 6'4" Joe Kendrick who played on a provincial championship team at Horton H.S. in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and 6'4" Pat Orvidas from Jamie Girolametto's St. Mary's Crusaders from Hamilton. The Badgers will also host the University of North Florida Ospreys, an NCAA Division 1 team (Atlantic Sun conference - same conference as Belmont) from Jacksonville, FL and possibly one more NCAA team during the Labour Day weekend. One of the top power forwards in Ontario, 6'6" Adam Bering (Tecumseh St. Anne's) has decided to attend the University of Guelph and play for the Gryphons. QSSF - Craig Norman's McGill Redmen travel to the Nation's Capital during the Labour Day weekend to join Ottawa and Carleton in a pair of games against visiting Villanova Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide, playing one game each at the Ravens Nest and Montpetit Hall in Ottawa. Norman hopes to gain committments from 1 or more recruits within the next 3 weeks or so. Canada West - We will release the Great Plains pre-summer overview in the next day or so however in the interim, Regina has announced two more recruits to add to another key recruit who earlier transfered back from the U.S. The Cougars got a pair of tall, sharpshooting freshmen in 6'4" Reid Quest (Regina Winston Knoll) and 6'5" Lance Aldcorn (Regina Balfour). Both come to Regina with a reputation for shooting the ball and will add depth on the wing and up front. Earlier, the Cougars had announced that 6'7" Brett Weiss, a versatile wing who can also play the "4" if needed, has transfered to Regina from Montana State-Billings, an NCAA Division II program where he redshirted in his first season and then played parts of another season. Weiss, who can shoot beyond the arc and has a live, athletic body, sat out this season while transfering and will be in his second year of eligibility beginning in the fall.

Finally, here is an excerpt from from April 22, 2007 about a Canada Basketball student team hopeful who recently turned heads at the Pitt Jam Fest, an AAU tournament in Pittsburgh, PA. Joseph helped Grassroots Canada play the role of giant killer as they captured the tournament championship including a knock out Boo Williams, one of the favorites to win the tournament. One of the reasons why the kids from Toronto played so well was the outstanding play of guard Devoe Joseph. The 6-foot-2 combo from Pickering (Ont.) High School started his day with a 30-point effort against East Coast Fusion. He drilled six three-pointers in that victory. Later in the day, Joseph poured in 22 points and connected on four three-pointers against Boo Williams. The game later, Joseph and Grassroots Canada knocked out Juice to advance to Sunday's quarter final game against a surging Arkansas Hawks team. The Canadian team then went on to capture the tournament championship on Sunday. Joseph was one of the best, if not the best, guard on Saturday. He scored at will against good teams. Don't write him up as just a shooter. Joseph has good ball-handling skills and picked apart defenses with little trouble. He said Washington State, Duquesne and Minnesota (former staff) have offered scholarships. It will be interesting to see how much that list transforms after this weekend in Pittsburgh. Although Joseph is not likely to play in the CIS, he has helped Canada internationally in the past and here's hoping that Joseph continues to play a role for our country in the future including this summer on coach Greg Francis' U-19 team at the world championships.

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