Monday, 7 September 2009


Time for some more trivia and at the behest of a couple of long-time friends and readers, my identity has been altered once again. This particular 6'3" guard played a key role in a surprising NCAA Final Four run and then won a world championship with the Boston Celtics. My former likeness (just removed) called this guy "my adopted brother". First 10 correct answers receive free access the Streaming Sports Networks Canada ( live streaming of Acadia Axemen basketball (new this season).

WILLY SHINES... As Sunday's game against St. John's showed, the addition of Ottawa transfer Willy Manigat to the Carleton Ravens should not go unnoticed. Manigat was the only Raven to match St. John's athleticism by being able to go by defenders and also showed a nice ability to guard the ball against the Red Storm's guards. Although he hadn't played an organized game for two seasons, in the first half Manigat quickly showed he hasn't lost much by adroitly working out of double teams and making a couple of splendid decisions with the ball directly leading to layups. With the graduation of Stu Turnbull and Aaron Doornekamp, the Ravens lost the vast majority of the decision-making talent on the floor. Certainly fourth year guard Mike Kenny should have the ball in his hands more than in past seasons however with Manigat, Kenny can do what arguably he does best: play off the decision-maker and make open shots (although today Kenny went 0-4 from 3, looking like he was not 100%).

Dalhousie Tigers announced a late recruit in 6'5" William Yengue , who played at Covenant Christian in Marietta, Georgia and Laurinberg Prep in North Carolina. One prep scouting service, after seeing Yengue in a post-season AAU tournament in 2008, described him as "...a tough 2/3 who slashes to the hole well, has a nice jump shot and is real athletic. A great D2 to low D1 pickup." This is another strong pick-up for Dal as they look to defend their AUS title from a year ago.

Canada's Carl English is enthused with the anticipation of the upcoming season with Caja Laboral Saski Baskonia in Spain's ACB league where he will be teaming up with Argentinean Walter Hermann and the Brazilian duo of Marcelino Huertas and Tiago Splitter. "I'm enthusiastic about playing together with Marcelino and Tiago and I'm hoping to do a good job with them this season," said English, who played last season in the ACB for Gran Canarias... Incidentally, English missed Canada's Bronze medal game on Sunday to take care of some family matters.

U of T will be without 6'2" star shooting guard Rob Paris, entering his fifth season, for the first part of pre-season training camp. Paris injured his shoulder in a pickup game over the summer and missed this weekend's U of T game against Chattanooga. The Blues did not skip a beat as 6'4" Pat Sewell took over leading the perimeter shooting charges with six 3's as Varsity defeated the NCAA D1 Mocs.

UNB has a new logo and a revamped web site: “The logo is the new ‘face’ of the UNB Varsity Reds brand,” commented marketing manager Dave Morell, “It will be what the public sees in all we do from activity on the playing surface, to in-school educational programs, to advertising. We’re very pleased with it.”... UNB men's and women's hoops teams are putting all their eggs in one basket. The Helen Campbell and Eric Garland tournaments will both be held the same weekend, Oct. 9-11, at the Aitken University Centre.

Nice to get the latest Dino Hoop News from super-fan Wayne Thomas. In the letter, Thomas notes that Mt. Royal University in Calgary (formerly Mount Royal College) "might well become the Dinos arch-rival when their inevitable entry into Canada West becomes a reality." Canada West continues to expand it's membership, with 14 teams and at least three or four teams looking to gain entrance from the CCAA. Of course, with Simon Fraser announcing their move to NCAA Division 2 and UBC making waves about also moving their programs to an American conference, expect the churn in Canada West to continue for some years. As far as Mount Royal U. is concerned, the university has pondered a Canada West application in the past but nothing official has been announced. Former UVic and long-time women's national team hoopster Karla Karch is the athletics manager at MRU. From a basketball facility perspective, Mount Royal is absolutely CIS ready. While on the topic of western colleges moving toward CIS status, informed sources out west offer that there has been some talk of MacEwan College in Edmonton, where ex-McGill coach and York U. athletics administrator Ken Schildroth is the new manager of athletics, perhaps pursuing university status also. Again as far as acceptability of the gym for CIS hoops, MacEwan's gym is certainly acceptable. When you look at Ottawa, Winnipeg and Halifax all having two CIS hoops programs it seems plausible Calgary and Edmonton could too.

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