Friday, 14 September 2007

Wesmen add some new faces

The Winnipeg Wesmen recently completed their tryouts and the Wesmen, who return the majority of their top players including 5'9" Erfan Nasajpour, an All-Canadian candidate, have added at least two probable impact players in preparation for the coming season. Most have known since last Christmas that 6'0" guard Cam Hornby, originally from Winnipeg Glenlaw High School who spent the past 2 seasons (one redshirt year) with South Dakota State (NCAA Division 1) has decided to return home to play for Coach Dave Crook's Wesmen. Hornby last played for the Jackrabbits on November 16th, 2006 so he should be eligible to play on November 17th, 2007 when the Wesmen host UVic at the Duckworth Center. Hornby and Nasajpour should make up one of the top backcourts in Canada West if not the country. Crook also was able to add 6'0" Mike Passley from Toronto West Humber, who has been out of high school for a few years. In addition, the Wesmen recently added 6'7" post Justin Deng plus 6'1" Randy Kezie, a pair of local Winnipeg area products. The Wesmen kick off their season on October 12th and 13th when they hosts the Pembina Chrysler Invitational at the Duckworth Center, a four team event that includes Manitoba Bisons, Concordia Stingers and Fraser Valley Cascades. As well, one of Canada's longest-running tournaments, the 41st MTS Wesmen Classic, which has become a holiday tradition, will run again just before the New Year featuring the following teams: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Brandon, Calgary, Brock, RMC, Acadia and Minot State. Stay tuned to the site for a comprehensive listing of all pre-season and Holiday tournaments on the CIS schedule coming up soon.

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