Friday, 28 September 2007

Brock adds prodigal son Steen to lineup

The Brock Badgers bolstered their already-impressive lineup as they announced that 6'3" Rohan Steen (pictured) has returned to the program where he started his career. Steen, who played the last two seasons at York, will enter his fifth and final year of eligibility and with the new rules allowing transfers who are entering graduate study programs to be eligible immediately, can play this season. Steen, a native of Welland, Ontario, spent his first two seasons with the Badgers, beginning in 2002-03 before transfering to York University in Toronto, where he played in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He returns home to the Niagara Region with an undergraduate degree and will add an graduate degree to his impressive resume. Steen has a fine array of offensive skills including the ability to get to the rim off the dribble and shooting range beyond the three point line and is also one of the top defenders in Ontario. He was headed to what most observes felt was an OUA East all-star season last year before injuries in late January forced him to miss time and curtailed an excellent year. Steen ended up averaging 15.5 points per game but was among the OUA's leading scorers in mid-January before the injury bug hit. The Badgers lineup now features reigning OUA West Player-of-the-Year Brad Rootes, stalward 6'2" wing Mike Kemp, emerging 6'7" Owen White, 6'7" Dusty Bianchin, 6'1" Scott Murray plus Steen, forming one of the more formidable six man rotations in the country. Coach Ken Murray is also impressed with a couple of his freshmen as 6'4" Joe Kendrick from Horton H.S. in Wolfville, NS and 6'6" Andrew Ferguson from St. Catharines Governor Simoce Redcoats look to earn time in the rotation. Coach Murray plans to bring three-year starter Scott (his son) off the bench this season, planning a starting lineup of Rootes, Steen, Kemp, White and Bianchin. (Note: 6'5" Matt Bassett-Speiers has decided not to play this season to concentrate on teacher's college). These recent additions should allow the Badgers to compete for a Top 10 ranking all season long and challenge Windsor for the OUA West championship. The Badgers play their intra-squad game on Friday, October 5th and then kick off their pre-season on Friday, October 12th when they participate in the Mickey Place Memorial tournament at the University of Prince Edward Island where they will face Cape Breton, Laval and the host Panthers.

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