AJ Basi to Play Pro in Britain
The dream of a very young Amarjit Basi was to play basketball at a high level. The 5th year graduated captain of the Manitoba Bisons has been moving on to a higher level since he was 9 and 10 years old. After helping the Bisons, under Coach Kirby Schepp, to the 2017 U-Sport Nationals in Halifax, Basi, a slick ball-handler and deady outside shooter, recently signed with Newcastle in the British Div. 1 professional ranks. (Story in the Winnipeg Free Press).
He joins many Canada West grads who are continuing their playing days with professional teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We wish AJ the best in Britain, and the same to UVic’s Grant Sitton (Slovakia), Calgary’s Thomas Cooper (Germany), and Thompson River’s Josh Wolfram (Czech Republic).
New Canada West Campaign Prompts Logo Changes
The ‘New Canada West’ re-brand is yet another change for what started as the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and this is a whole League promotion to launch a new marketing effort. The details of this new branding are itemized here at their new web-site.
As the League moves forward, so do several schools, with new logos for their teams. On our header you will see the up-dated looks for the Brandon Bobcats and the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. We have also included the new logos for both the Mt. Royal Cougars and the UNBC Timberwolves in this story.
One of the most important things the League and it’s schools can do is to make a yearly effort to increase their appeal to potential fans. University sports may deserve a bigger presence in mainline media than they currently receive, but it is encumbent upon the League and individual schools to become more active in capturing that market.
NCAA vs U-Sports Scores –
Hofstra (Div 1 – NY) 88 at McGill 76, Hofstra 99 at UQAM 87, Hofstra 110
at Bishops 51, Hofstra 85 at UQAM 62, Siena (NY- Div 1) 79 at McGill 71
St. Francis (Brooklyn -Div 1) 75 at Concordia 66, Carleton 73 Siena 66,
McGill 80 St. Francis 67, Ottawa 80 Ramapo College (Div 3 – NJ)
- Craig Behan, the long-time number 1 assistant to UVIc Coach Craig Beaucamp is changing gears in a big way, as he pursues an academic career overseas. Details in this UVic Athletics release
- Lethbridge signs highly-rated Edmonton guard, Awak Piom, at 6-5 , (Harry Ainlay High School), he was instrumental in helping the Titans win back-to-back provincial championships in 2014 and 2015 Details from U of L
- Nice story in the Kenora Miner and News about the U. Winnipeg Women’s Team, on a team-building weekend reaching out to young players in Kenora , Ontario These community connections are an important part of every Canada West program!