Thursday, 26 April 2007

Two Noteable Committments to Windsor, Carleton

A pair of teams who participated in the CIS Nationals this past season, including five-time defending champions Carleton Ravens, have secured committments from top rated players, one of which returns to Canada after a stint at a U.S. Division 1 program. The Ravens capped off what is probably one of the best recruiting classes in recent memory, welcoming 6'4" Elliot Thompson, generally regarded as the top high school player in New Brunswick and one of the better players to come out of New Brunswick in recent memory Thompson chooses Carleton Thompson was being pursued by a number of CIS schools including home town UNB Varsity Reds, Bishop's Gaiters where close friend Andrew Wright had a solid freshman season as point guard and Queen's Golden Gaels among others. Thompson joins fellow New Brunswick native Graeme Scott, who sat out last season at Carleton due to injury, on the five-time defending champions, adding to a stellar recruiting class that includes the top player in Eastern Ontario 6'7" Aaron Chapman and 6'5" Cole Hobin, originally from Ottawa who spent this past season playing at Eastern Commerce Prep in Toronto. The Windsor Lancers today announced that 6'7" Andre Smyth, originally from Windsor, will return home after transferring from Central Michigan Chippewas (NCAA Division 1 Mid-America Conference) where he redshirted in his first season and then played about 14 minutes a game last season. Smyth will sit out this season as a redshirt but will have 4 seasons of eligibility remaining when he suits up for the Lancers in 2008-09. Smyth to Windsor The Ottawa Gee-Gees have secured the committment of 6'6" forward Justin Bell, an athletic swingman from Mississauga Rick Hansen High School who will likely push for time immediately on the Gee-Gees front line with the departures due to graduation of Ottawa's two starting posts Curtis Shakespeare and Jermaine Campbell.
RMC's Kevin McGuire has been working very hard on the recruiting trail and has a number of committments, most noteable of which is 6'9" Nick Cooke from Toronto Eastern Commerce who promises to be a solid CIS player. Cooke is arguably the Paladins top recruit since a little-regarded, unsized forward named Kevin Dulude arrived in Kingston from Orleans, ON in early 2000's and left as the all-time leading scorer in OUA history. McGuire is being rewarded for his hard work on recruiting trail.

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