Graduation leaves gaps for Bobcats, but recruiting may have filled them
Gil Cheung, enters his 8th year as the Head Coach of a team he once captained to a pair of National Championship Finals. His 9-11 ‘Cats made the playoffs last season, and he says, “We’re anxious to get into competition; lot’s of work to do, but we ‘have some pieces’ and we hope to move forward.”
Forward it may well be, despite the loss of Earl Thompson Jr, Chris Stanhope, Esmat Atem, and Denham Buchanan. Back to juice the offense is team high scorer (18.4 ppg), import guard, Tyvon Cooper (NY), and forward John Paul (St. Lucia), a 6-11 inside force, who is a good candidate to average a double-double.
Pookie Saunders (Calgary), an emerging talent as a combo guard, returns for his 3rd year, and Troy Grant (Brampton, ON) , a 6-3 transfer from Thompson Rivers, will add depth. Grant’s childhood buddy from the GTA, Josh Bell, is a 3rd year guard, who will also be in the playing rotation, expected to up his scoring totals.
Cheung has added scoring, defense, and quickness in 2-time Junior College All-American, Jonathan Range (Harlem, NY), a 6-6 wing, and Jaleel Webb (Montreal), a 6-3 guard who transfers from Concordia.
The training camp has produced some nagging hurts, and the Bobcats will be ‘short-handed’ for some of their pre-season action. Look for the ‘Cats to stay in the play-off picture in this ‘season of change’ in much of Canada West.