Saturday, 23 June 2007

Shields, Brown, James Honoured

Arguably Canada's most successful Head Coach of all-time, Ken Shields will be honoured with the 2007 James Naismith Award as the Toronto Star reports. Congratulations Coach on this very special and well deserved honour. Ken Shields to be awarded James Naismith Award

Congratulations to former CIS stars Carlos "Bobby" Brown (uOttawa early 1990's) and Eric James (Acadia mid-80's) who were recently honoured as "Local Heroes" of Lawrence Heights, an area of Toronto near Lawrence Avenue and Allen Road/Bathurst Street that has produced some top-level basketball talent over the years including Canadian National team players Philip "Dr. Dix" Dixon, Wayne Smith and Denham Brown. I had the pleasure of being on the coaching staff when Bobby was at the University of Ottawa and he was as tough mentally as they come and always seemed to want to take (and make) big shots, which he did alot of during our run to the 1993 CIAU Final Four when Bobby was named MVP of the Wilson Cup among other accolades that season. James was a rock-solid point guard for Bathurst Heights OFSAA championship teams of the mid-to-late 80's and then was a star at Acadia in the AUS. I was touched to get a wonderful note from Bobby along with this link as follows: "Just wanted to say thank you for the guidance and support. I do not believe how far the kid from Jane and Finch and Jungle has gotten with a little encouragement and endorsement from you." Congratulations to both Bobby, Eric and the others ! Local Heroes: The Revitalization of Lawrence Heights

The University of Western Ontario's daily newspaper, the Gazette, talks about Western's most recent recruiting class, which they've dubbed the Fab Five, including some quotes from Colin LaForme and Garrett Olixiuk Campbell reels in Fab Five

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees have a received a committment from 6'0" shooting guard Vlad Pislaru from Scarborough Jean Vanier Monarchs of the Toronto Catholic league (TDCAA). Pislaru, who immigrated to Canada from Romania, has experience at "AA" OFSAA with the Monarchs and played his club team ball with North York Fire OBA team. Pislaru joins 6'5" Marvin Bazille (John Abbott CEGEP) and 6'6" Justin Bell (Mississauga Rick Hansen) in the Gee-Gees recruiting class.

A note from Ryerson University ... Team needed for Ryerson's Ed DeArmon men's basketball tournament (Dec. 28-30). One more team is needed to fill the draw for the 17th annual Ed DeArmon Memorial men's basketball tournament at Toronto's Ryerson University. The tournament is scheduled for December 28-30, 2007 with a guarantee of three games and $2500. Participating teams: York, Laval, Western, McGill, Waterloo, Toronto and Ryerson. For more information, please contact Ryerson head coach Glenn Taylor at:

As usual, Chad Lucas from the Halifax Chronicle-Journal and Chris Kallan from the Halifax Daily News offer their summary and commentary on the proposed 16-team format for CIS women's championships. Chad's article is entitled CIS to expirement with 16-team national women’s championship and Chris's article is entitled CIS expands women's hoops tourney

An editorial from the Peterborough Examiner chastising Trent University for not following the lead of all other Ontario universities and allowing student/athlete scholarships. A CIS basketball program in Peterborough doesn't sound like that bad of an idea actually Alone on the field; Trent misses out by not joining move to attract student-athletes

More on the University College of Fraser Valley men's coaching situation as incumbent Pat Lee appears to have removed his name from the list of possible candidates for the head job going forward Lee won't apply at UCFV

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment unveiled a set of historical items from Dr. James Naismith, the man who invented basketball, yesterday at Terminal 1 of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Airport to display Naismith's gifts to sports

An article highlighting USA Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski as he prepares to lead the Americans into the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier in August Coach K looks to lead USA back to the top

The Tuscaloosa News previews USA Basketball's entry into the Pan-Am Games to be coached by Mark Gottfried, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach. Alabama will visit our nation's capital, Ottawa, over the Labour Day weekend Mark Gottfried all lined up for dream job and another article from Gottfried has busy summer

And finally, leave it to the sports-a-holics that make up a big part of the population of Welland, Ontario to dust off a former Syracuse Orangeman great from the late 70's (even before Canadian National team coach Leo Rautins donned the Orange and before there even was a Carrier Dome - Syracuse played in Manley Field House at the time this guy played) for a basketball clinic as 6'11" Roosevelt Bouie, part of the "Louis and Bouie Show" for 4 years at Syracuse (with NBA veteran and former Seton Hall coach Louis Orr) will headline a clinic at Niagara College in Welland. It is worth the trip to the Rose City Roosevelt Bouie to headline Niagara College camp on July 21st, 2007

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