Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Cheung brings in first recruit

Brandon's new Head Coach Gil Cheung has brought in his first recruit as initially reported by Brandon Sun's David Larkins. Unfortunately, the Brandon Sun requires a subscription to access their pages and at a rate that by itself explodes the budget for our humble site.

O'Brian Wallace is a 6'3" wing originally from A.Y. Jackson S.S. in North York, ON and last season represented Algoma University Thunderbirds in the OCAA All-Star game. Algoma is coached by former Laurentian Voyageur Thomas Cory and on Cory's staff is former Ottawa Gee-Gee (circa late 1980's) Winston Ivey. Wallace was one of five Toronto area players on the Thunderbirds roster last season, who participated in the OCAA Final 8 before bowing out in a quarter-final match against Kingston St. Lawrence.

See below for the official release from Brandon Sports Information.

Cheung brings in first recruit

The Gil Cheung era has officially begun in Brandon as the Bobcats mens' basketball head coach announced his first recruit.

One of Cheung’s present players played a big part in bringing the 6-foot-3 shooting guard O’Brian Wallace to Brandon University.

“When I decided to take my talents to the CIS, I was looking at a couple of schools, but when my friend Donovan Gayle told me about Brandon, that made me want to come to BU,” said Wallace.

A transfer from Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie, Wallace averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds per game in his third year of eligibility last year.

“O’Brian will give us added depth and scoring from the wing, and has the potential to be a lockdown defender,” said Bobcats coach Gil Cheung. “He is a versatile scorer who can also make his teammates better. He is a well rounded student athlete that will make positive contributions to our program both on and off the court. We are very fortunate to add such a talented player this late in the recruiting season."

Wallace will be finishing a degree in his final two years of eligibility majoring in sociology and a minor in Psychology. His long-term plan however is to continue playing basketball professionally overseas. Wallace says playing basketball and receiving an education will put him on the fast-track to reaching his goal.

“I want to become a better basketball player. I’m looking for a great community to play basketball in. I’m looking for a great school to finish my degree at,” said Wallace. “Brandon University offers all of those and I can’t wait.”

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