The Bisons may have lost flashy point guard Stephan Walton, but they won an appeal for another year’s eligibility for 6-8 post man, Wyatt Anders. So, back in the line-up comes the big bonus of a double-digit rebounder !
Coach Kirby Schepp is excited at the return of Keith Omoerah, who he describes as “one of, if not the best athlete I’ve ever coached”. A key recruit is former Brandon point man Ilarion Bonhomme who joins the hot shooting AJ Basi, and the
explosive Justus Alleyn in a very strong back-court. The swing- man Omerah will help the Bison’s other two experienced big men, Jonathan Alexander and Brett Jewell, on the forward line.
Coach Schepp has also been pleased with the skill and savvy of rookie wingman Dharmjit Dhillon, yet another fine Winnipeg high school grad ready to make his mark in Canada West. Manitoba has been in and out as a playoff team, and the Herd are 0-4 in early October games, but when League play starts, we suspect they will be a very tough out with the addition of Anders and the incorporation of Bonhomme. The Bisons still have Brandon and Fraser Valley on the 23/24 of October.
Amarjit (AJ) Basi 5-11, G, 4th year, Winnipeg
Justus Alleyn 6-3, G, 3rd, Winnipeg
Malik Irwin 6-5, F, 3rd, Toronto
Amir Ali 6-3, G, 5th, Winnipeg
Keith Omoerah 6-5, W , 3rd, Winnipeg
Jonathan Alexander 6-6, F, 4th, Toronto
Joseph Medrano 6-0, G, 1st, Winnipeg
Brett Jewell 6-7, F, 4th, Winnipeg
Wyatt Anders 6-9, F, 5th, Winnipeg
New Bisons –
Ilarion Bonhomme II 6-0, Point, 4th year, (tsf Brandon) Winnipeg
Raj Sidhu 6-5 Wing, 1st, Winnipeg
Keiran Zziwa 5-10, G, 1st, Winnipeg
Saajan Arora 6-2, G, 1st, Winnipeg
Dharmjit Dhillon 6-4, F, 1st, Winnipeg
Joey Nitychoruk 6-5, F, 4th, ( tsf-Lakehead) Winnipeg
Osahon Eghosa 6-7, F, 2nd, (tsf/Colorado NW JrC) Ajax, ON
Keenan Benarroch 6-4, G, 4th, (tsf U.Wpg) Toronto
Brandon Bobcats, Coach – Gill Cheung, 6th year
Coach Gill Cheung played in 2 CIS championship finals as the Bobcats’ team captain, and he knows what it takes to succeed in Canada West; however, he’s had no play-off teams as Head Coach, and after a 2-18 season in ’14-’15, he has ‘rolled his roster’. With 11 new faces Cheung hopes he can stir up some winning chemistry this year.
“We are deeper than we have been, and the guys have come together fairly quickly considering we almost needed name tags at the start of training camp”, said Cheung. The ‘Cats do return scorers D.J. Jordan and earl Thomas Jr., and Thomas led team rebounding last season.
But BU will have to have major contributions from “Two high school recruits – Aidan Saunders from Calgary and Tyler Anderson from B.C. – both have done a great job of adapting to the CIS level, and do not look like freshmen at all,” Cheung said. (This from Robin Wark in the Westmen Journal)
Two Ontario College transfers Chris Stanhope and Esmat Atem should give some size and experience as they settle in over the Fall. Returnee Denham Buchanan and transfer Troy Grant should be factors in the back-court. Brandon plays Winnipeg and Manitoba next week, then Dakota-Bottineau before starting League play at home vs Regina.
Returning ‘Cats –
D.J Jordan G 6-2, 4th year, Wichita Falls, TX
Ryan Hawley G 6-3, 3rd, Winnipeg
Denham Buchanan G 6-3, 4th, Toronto
Earl Thompson Jr. G/F 6-5, 4th, Henderson, NV
New Faces –
Troy Grant G 6-3, 3rd, Brampton, ON , tsf Thompson R.
Carnar Parkes G 6-3, 3rd, North York, ON, tsf Burlington (NY) Jr. Coll.
Chris Stanhope F 6-5, 4th, Brampton, ON, tsf, Fanshawe Coll.
Esmat Atem F 6-8, 4th, Ottawa, tsf, Algonquin Coll.
Tyler Anderson F 6-7, 1st, Langley, BC (Walnut Grove)c
Aidan Saunders G 6-1, 1st, Calgary, AB (Manning)
Mitch Marquis G 5-10, 1st , Rockwood, ON (St. James)
Keneal James G 6-2, 1st, Chateauguay, QC (J. Abbott Coll.)
Ben Ngeleka G 6-1, 3rd, St. Hyacinthe, QC
Christian Bera G 6-2, 2nd, Winnipeg
This Weekend’s Games –
Thurs. Oct. 15 – Windsor vs Regina, Sask. vs Concordia (both at U of S) … also, in the East – Cape Breton at McMaster
Fri. Oct. 16 – Mt.Royal at Calgary Dinos, Lethbridge at Montana-Western, at Sask. Tourney – Regina vs Concordia, Huskies vs Windsor, TRU Tourn. in Kamloops – UBC-Okanagan vs Trinity W., Thompson R. vs U. Great Falls . In PEI – UNBC vs UPEI
East – Carleton-Acadia, Toronto -Bishop’s, Ottawa-UQAM, Queen’s-Cape. B., St. Mary’s-Dalhousie, St. FX-Mt.St.Vincent, Guelph-Memorial, Western-Mercyhurst (PN)
Sat. Oct.17 – Dinos at Mt. Royal , Regina-Sask., Windsor-Concordia, Lethbridge-Rocky Mtn. Coll.(MT), UBC-O vs Great Falls, TRU-TWU
East- McGill-York, Laurier-Memorial, Acadia-Bishop’s, Carleton-Toronto,UPEI-Maine, Ft. Kent, Ottawa – Cape Breton, Queen’s-UQAM
- Regina Cougar, Ryan Csada, tells us … “we had a late addition in Aaron McGowan, who transferred in from Fraser Valley. He is eligible to play right away and will be a good back up point. “
- OK … lot’s of help volunteered on the web-page for Portuguese club, Galitos-Tiey … fans of J. Baker, and Jarred O-J can follow on http://basketball.eurobasket.com/team/Portugal/Galitos_-_Tley/10283 , and, to keep track of other CIS players who’ve turned pro, here’s a Euro-Basket site for all Leagues http://www.eurobasket.com