Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Brandon Announces Coach, New UPEI, Lakehead Recruits

It's official. Brandon has selected Mike Raimbault, 26, as their new Head Coach for next season, replacing CIS Coach-of-the-Year Barnaby Craddock Mike Raimbault to take over as Head Coach for Bobcats' Men's Basketball There is also an article in today's Brandon Sun however it is not accessible without an account. According to the article, among those shortlisted for the position were Camosun College coach Gord Thatcher and Mount Royal College coach Marc Dobell. We hope to have the always-insightful views of David Larkins appear on his Point After blog at some point.

UPEI Head Coach Matthew Davies wrote in earlier today advising that his Panthers have secured another key recruit for next season as 6'6" Manock Lual from Rideau District High School in Ottawa, Ontario has committed. Lual had interest from several schools and should push for time immediately at the big forward spot in the Panthers lineup which has playing time available given their loss of several seniors from last season. Panthers add Blue-Chipper

From Lakehead Sports Information... Yoosrie Salhia Commits to Thunderwolves Basketball: Lakehead Athletics and Thunderwolves Basketball Head Coach Scott Morrison are pleased to announce the recent commitment of Yoosrie Salhia of Toronto to the men’s basketball program. Salhia is a product of the Eastern Commerce Prep team and has also played for Toronto area club teams Urban Knights and Scadding Court. The 6’5” power forward has been ranked as high as #3 in Canada at his position by top high school scout Barry Hayes of HoopStars Canada.
“I am extremely excited to be attending Lakehead and contributing to the team,” said Salhia from his home in Toronto, “I am looking forward to a fun and successful start to the season in September."
Coach Morrison is also fired up about the news as Salhia represents a major piece of the program’s future in the paint. “We couldn’t be happier about adding Yoosrie to our roster this season. He comes highly recommended based on his work ethic, toughness, and all-around team play.” Eastern Prep Head Coach Emil O’Neil also believes that Salhia will be an excellent addition for the Wolves. “Yoosrie’s strong presence in the paint is an asset to any team. He has proven his ability to rebound, defend, and score with his back to the basket on various downtown Toronto teams. He is a rugged warrior who brings his tough style of play to every game.”
Salhia will join 6’6” Aaron Jackson of Bermuda, 6’9” Clinton Belisle of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and 6’1” shooting guard Kyle McConnell of London, Ontario as announced commitments for the Thunderwolves this September. The quartet of freshmen will join up to seven sophomore players from last season’s recruiting class forming a youthful and deep nucleus for the coaching staff to develop over the next four to five seasons. Coach Morrison expects to add one more player to the mix for 07-08 and is focusing on ‘perimeter size’.

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