Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Laurier, McMaster Announce Recruits

Laurier Golden Hawks Head Coach Peter Campbell pulled off a solid, late recruiting coup by obtaining a committment from 6'3" Brandon Greenwood, who played his high school basketball at St.Marcelin's, a Tier 2 school in Mississauga but more prominently started on the Milton Maddogs, one of the better OBA juvenile teams in the province and coached by former McGill mentor Ken Schildroth. Greenwood, who is at his best running the floor, getting to the rim and working the offensive glass, could be a diamond-in-the-rough with his combination of athleticism and length and will be a solid complement as a wing to the Golden Hawks existing core of wings. Greenwood should push for time off the bench as a freshman. The recruiting of Greenwood brings Campbell back to the GTA where he had outstanding success recruiting, primarily with Laurentian, such CIS stalwards as All-Canadian Cory Bailey, Roan Biggs, Kevin "Flash" Gordon, Anthony Malcolm, Clifton Edwards, Bert Riviere and Omar Miles. Greenwood likely completes Laurier's recruiting class for this season which includes burly 6'1" Hamilton St. Mary's PG Austin Walsh, the heir apparent at the point, Connor Moshino, 6'5" left-handed swing man from Oakville Holy Trinity, Kale Harrison a 6'5" wing player from Stratford Central and 6'4" forward Nick St.John from Cornwall St.Joseph's.

The McMaster Marauders added another big wing who can shoot the ball to their roster with the recent committment of 6'5" Brett Day from London St. Thomas Aquinas. Day suffered through an injury-plagued high school season this past winter but can step out and make shots and should have a solid career in a Marauder uniform. Brett's brother Matt is a 6'8" forward who will begin his junior season with the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs of the NCAA Division 1 Big South conference. Day joins 6'5" Sharif Wanis from Burlington Nelson and 6'7" Matt Willusz from Hamilton Cardinal Newmann in Coach Joe Raso's most recent recruiting class. As well, 6'1" long-range sharpshooter Tyrell Vernon from Hamilton St. Thomas More is expected to enroll at Mac assuming he remains in Canada. Vernon is a high school teammate of Mac's emerging second year guard Jermaine DeCosta. The Marauders may not be finished their recruiting as of yet as they embark on a season in which they will have probably the youngest team in Raso's coaching era after suffering heavy losses to graduation of 6'8" Adam Steiner, 5'9" Martin Ajayi, 6'4" John Obrovac, 5'10" Mike DiClaudio and 6'5" Toms Lokmanis.

A quick reminder that the 2007 Under-17 National Championships will take place in Quebec from August 10-14, 2007 at Bishop's University in Lennoxville and the College de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec. We plan to have as extensive coverage as possible of this event which ordinarily produces numerous future CIS stars.

Quietly, SLAM! sports, the sports information site of the CANOE network, which has the SUN family of newspapers under their wing, has eliminated their "CIS Sports" link that provided a specific link to CIS sports news. Visitors to the old "CIS Sports" link are now directed to a general page "OTHER SPORTS". Unfortunately, this can only be viewed as another setback to CIS sports fans wanting timely, accurate and consistent information on Canadian university sports. With the apparent growth in popularity of major CIS sports (football television viewership is apparently increasing), the increased visibility of CIS men's basketball with Carleton hosting the nationals for the next 3 seasons and a generally more favorable view towards academic scholarships that should help keep some student/athletes from moving to the U.S., a setback such as this in the press appears inconsistent with building a positive profile in the sports community.

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