Saturday, 25 August 2007

Badgers Announce Late Impact Addition

The Brock Badgers are preparing for 3 games over the Labour Day weekend in the Niagara Region against Liberty, North Florida and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, an NCAA tournament participant from last season coached by long-time NCAA mentor Perry Clark and recently welcomed back a key player who has sat out the past 2 seasons and should step into the starting lineup almost immediately. 6'7" Dusty Bianchin, a native of Niagara Falls, will be reunited with Badger veterans Brad Rootes, Scott Murray and Mike Kemp. Those four players played on the Niagara Falls Red Raiders who won two provincial OBA Championships earlier this decade. Bianchin joined Rootes and Murray in a solid Badger recruiting class beginning in 2003-04 and together the then-freshmen helped lead the Badgers to the CIS Final Four that season. Bianchin then played his sophomore season in 2004-05, occasionally starting but generally defering to CIS Player-of-the-Year Kevin Steinstra offensively before sitting out the past 2 seasons. Expect Bianchin, who is a solid rebounder, passer and finisher to have a much higher profile offensively for the Badgers and, along with 6'7" Owen White, who has also had a strong summer, provide Brock with a legitimate one/two punch up front in the tough OUA West. Head Coach Ken Murray offers that "Dusty is in the best shape of his life and now gives us a very solid starting five."

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