Monday, July 26, 2010

Winnipeg, Windsor and Guelph's Ayanbadejo honoured

New Winnipeg Wesmen coach Mike Raimbault announced his first three recruits recently and they include a pair of transfers who are former Toronto high schoolers and an American who just graduated from high school in Los Angeles. In what appears to be a growing trend across the nation, another former CCAA star from the Greater Toronto Area has joined a non-Ontario CIS program with the transfer of 6'1" Nolan Gooding to Winnipeg. Gooding, who played his high school basketball at Toronto's storied Oakwood Collegiate before helping Humber College Hawks win an OCAA title (he was MVP of the OCAA title game in 2006), was most recently with St. Clair College (Windsor) and is likely to significantly upgrade Winnipeg's backcourt with his ability to shoot the ball out beyond the 3 point line and athleticism. In 6'7" David Stephens, the Wesmen get a player who was highly recruited, athletic forward out of Mississauga several years ago. Stephens chose St. FX and played very sparingly as a freshman in 2004-05 with the X-Men. He then transfered to Toronto Varsity Blues and was on the roster in 2006-07 but was injury plagued and only saw action in a couple of non-league games before suffering a serious off-court injury that interrupted his playing career for at least the past three seasons. With the news of his resurfacing at Winnipeg, those who know Stephens truly hope that injury and non-basketball issues are behind him and that he will be successful with the Wesmen. Finally, Raimbault brings in what may be the first American into the Wesmen program for several decades (if ever) in 6'6" forward Kelvin Smith from Los Angeles, CA. As a high school senior in 2008-09, Smith led Price High School to the championship game of the CIF Division IV Southern Regional championship game at Cal State Fullerton, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Price lost that game on a buzzer-beating three, falling one game short of appearing in the Division V state championship game. Smith, a 195 pound small forward, then spent this past season at Impact Prep in Las Vegas, NV and was identified on the "Players to Watch" list at several tournaments. Fullcourtpress.net describes Smith as a "productive interior player who also has 3-point range." Raimbault appears to be building the foundation of an athletic, up tempo group as he prepares for his first season at the Duckworth Center.

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Mary Caton's article on Windsor's recruiting class

Lancers basketball team lures ex-Noble Matthews, Coach Oliver says recruits fill needs

The Windsor Lancers have added depth in the back court and size up front with the announcement of three recruits for the upcoming OUA men's basketball season.

Guards Troy Barnes and Terrell Campbell are coming to Windsor after playing community college ball in Alberta and six-foot-eight Evan Matthews joins the Lancers fresh from high school at Belle River district.

"We needed more guard depth and rebounding at the guard spot,"

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Gryphons add to hall of fame with former bball star Mike Ayanbadejo

The University of Guelph’s Gryphon Hall of Fame will grow again this fall.

The hall’s Class of 2010 includes three athletes, one builder and two championship teams. Going into the hall will be Mike Ayanbadejo, Maria Gallo, Colette McAuley, Fred Ramprashad, the 1958 men’s soccer team and the 1974-78 track and field teams.

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