Simple Answer, It’s the Coach !


Ravens' Coach Dave Smart, in a typical pose.  A sense of urgency, and a drive for perfection.

Ravens’ Coach Dave Smart, in a typical pose. A sense of urgency, and a drive for perfection.

Why Does Carleton Keep on Winning ?

They have a Coach who is unlike any other in the CIS.  That’s the simple, and maybe the best explanation.  Dave Smart is driven, very well informed in coaching theory and practice, organized to the nth degree, and, most significantly, exacting in his quest for mistake-free play from his Ravens team.

Carleton's 'other Scrubb brother' was announced as the Ravens' Athlete of the Year!

Carleton’s ‘other Scrubb brother’, Thomas,  was announced as the Ravens’ Athlete of the Year!            photo- Ravens Athletics

Coach Smart develops players;  Thomas Scrubb, notably, was not a finished product when he arrived at the CU campus in Ottawa. The Vancouver-trained Scrubb was not, in contrast to his younger brother Phil, a starter and an all-star right out of the wrapper as a freshman. He played 10 mins/game, and averaged 3 pts/ 2 rebs.  But, like so many players Smart and his staff have ‘coached-up’ , Thomas became one the CIS’ very best.  Thomas was just awarded the Athlete of the Year at Carleton for 2014-15.


That’s the secret.  Carleton works year-round at getting their players developing the skills, both mental and physical.  There are no excuses, no let-up, and no time when your performance can be less than properly executed.  They are, indeed, losing some exceptional performers in the two Scrubbs, as well as shooting guard Victor Raso, but to expect the Ravens to slide too far down in the OUA or CIS power grid would be a mistake. They still have the Chief and Commander!

That may seem simple, but, obviously, Dave Smart does it differently and better than any of his coaching counter-parts.  And now, he also has the luxury of being able to choose the top talent from across the country.  Already this Spring, the Ravens have signed Ryan Ejim, a 6-6 transfer from York, who averaged 23 mins/ 14 ppg/ and 8 rebounds , Stanley Mayambo, a 6-2 point man from Fredericton, NB, William Kohler, a 6-9 forward from Winnipeg.  Our guess would be , that if Coach Smart is still at the helm, these guys may play for one of the future Carleton teams to lift the CIS Championship trophy.

For an interesting discussion of the state of affairs in the CIS read more  in this Ottawa Citizen article by Gord Holder.


More CIS Recruiting News –

In Canada West –

Alberta –  Cole Knudsen 6-7  Fwd from Barrhead, AB

Calgary – Torrez McKoy 6 -0 guard,  Grande Pointe, MB/MBCI

Mt. Royal – Nate Wall, 6-6 wing, Okotoks, AB,  Holy Trinity ;  Tyis Yellowhorn, 6-4 guard, Plikani Nation, Chestermere, AB

MacEwan – Chris Mooney, 6-3 point, Ottawa, transfer from NAIT

Winnipeg – Will Sesay, 6-3 guard, Winnipeg, Oak Park HS; Kieran McGrath, 6-4 fwd, Winnipeg, Glenlawn

Regina – Stephen Shields, 6-7 fwd, Brandon, tsf (volleyball) Keyano College

Saskatchewan – Devin Wittow, 6-6 fwd, Leduc HS, AB

UNBC – Anthony Hokanson,  6-4 wing, Vancouver, Kitsilano Sr.

Thompson R. – Jeff Tubbs, 6-2 point, Kelowna, Mt. Boucherie

UBC – Roger Milne, 6-8 fwd, Winnipeg, Oak Park HS; Taylor Browne, 6-3 guard, Surrey, B.C., Holy Cross; also, our ‘correspondent on the W. Coast’, Ice Man, reminds us tha 6-7 will Ondrik will suit up for the ‘Birds, afe

Victoria – Jason Scully, 6-5 fwd, Victoria, St. Michael’s;  Josh Charles, 6-5 fwd, Duncan, B.C., Cowichan Sr.

Elsewhere –

We note …   Zach Usherwood, 5-11 guard, Coquitlam, B.C. , who played at Thompson Rivers, is transferring to UPEI … that 6-6, Stefan Grujic, Regina, Leboldus (#1 ranked HS team in Saskatchewan) signed at York U.  … the brothers Cam and Ben Redl, both 6-7, from Yorkton, SK, transfer to New Brunswick


Overtime –

  •   The latest signing for the Winnipeg Wesmen lives just down the way from the UW campus, but Will Sesay, recently voted as Manitoba’s 2015 HS Player of the year,  went to high school at Oak Park, a 1 hour bus ride away.  More on Sesay, who is the younger brother of Junior Sesay, who plays at UVic, in this Winnipeg Sun article by Kirk Penton.
  •   UVic Coach Craig Beaucamp,  noting the power in Ontario basketball, and the  difficulties in matching that for Canada West schools, “We have a challenge in Canada West by the number of teams we have now [17] and getting the quality [players] needed to field [strong teams],” noted Beaucamp. –   “The OUA [Ontario conference] is deep and athletic,” said Beaucamp.  “It definitely had most of the strength in the country this year. But never mind the CIS, most of the Canadians going south [to the U.S. collegiate NCAA] are also from Ontario.”  From a Victoria Times-Colonist article by Cleve Dheenshaw.
  • Editors note –  Recruiting is even more critical than fans can imagine.  Carleton’s top 2 players, Phil and Tommy Scrubb, played for their Dad, Lloyd Scrubb, at Vancouver College, B.C.  Lloyd played for Ken Shields at U. Victoria , and won 3 CIS titles with the Vikes.  Losing the top players in their own home area is gut-wrenching for coaches, there in B.C., or anywhere else across the country.  It is literally the life-blood of their program leaking away … a bit of a dramatic image there, but oh so true.
  • A close observer of OUA basketball, our correspondent ‘Maravich’ suggests, ” 
    Ravens as bullies ….

    Ravens as bullies ….

    Truthfully, as great as the Scrubbs have been (and they’ve been magnificent) they really have taken the fun out of CIS basketball. Carleton’s average winning margin the last five championship’s is 28.7 points. During the Oz Jeanty 5 year run it was 7 points. Hopefully with their graduation the Ravens will become somewhat vulnerable.
    Because winning lots of championships is great for Carleton, it has been killing interest in the CIS for years. ”   (Editor’s note – Yeah Ravens, for the sake of all the rest of the poor wretches in the CIS, knock it off, would you!)

  • In Europe –  We get a disappointing report that former Dinos star, Ross Bekkering,
    Janelle Bekkering, playing for Alberta U-17s before Gonzaga, before Europe.

    Janelle Bekkering, playing for Alberta U-17s before Gonzaga, before Europe.

    who is in his 5th year in The Netherlands, has sustained a hand injury which may keep him out of the imminent NBL playoffs.  Meanwhile, his younger sister  Janelle is preparing for play-offs with Cavigal team in Nice, France.  Not surprisingly, ‘Super-Dad’, Simon Bekkering , will be traveling to Nice this Spring ! More CIS athletes every year are going overseas to play pro basketball.  In the semi-pro ranks, Coach Eddie Richardson tells us that the Calgary Crush of the ABA are in Seattle this weekend, in the opening round of League playoffs.  The Crush have a line-up full of CIS grads, including UC’s Tyler Fidler, Ottawa’s Jermaine Campbell,  Christian Upshaw, St. FX, John Riad, Calgary, and Dom Coward, Lethbridge.



9 thoughts on “Simple Answer, It’s the Coach !

  1. Manitoban recruits:

    McKoy – A similar game to Jarred – if Jarred had one more year, I think he would be a great option to watch/play behind for the first year.
    Stats from 15 games tracked – 437 pts (29.1), 48.2% shooting (159/330), 153 reb (10.2), 77 ast (5.1).
    2013/14 – 10 games tracked – 263 pts (26.3), 50.0% shooting (95/190), 91 reb (9.1)

    McGrath – Injury had him out of a couple weeks this season, but a good pickup for the Wesmen. Could be a late-career starter, definite usable depth player early-to-mid as well.
    Stats from 11 games tracked – 259 pts (23.5), 52.4% shooting (99/189), 99 reb (9.0).
    2013/14 – 14 games tracked – 163 pts (11.6), 43.8% shooting (64/146), 80 reb (5.7).

    Sesay – Another hard-playing guard who can do a lot of damage. Could get second-team minutes early.
    Stats from 6 games tracked – 110 pts (18.3), 42.3% shooting (41/97), 64 reb (10.7), 34 stl (5.7)
    2013/14 – 9 games tracked – 164 pts (18.2), 39.7% shooting (56/141), 107 reb (11.9)
    2015 4A Semifinal – 24 pts (8/18, 2/7 from three, 6/6 FT), 12 reb in 35 minutes

    Milne – Can never argue with height; good, developable big man for UBC.
    Stats from 6 games tracked – 94 pts (15.7), 54.1% shooting (40/74), 66 reb (11.0), 12 blk (2.0)
    2013/14 – 9 games tracked – 110 pts (12.2), 56.5% shooting (48/85), 87 reb (9.7), 38 blk (4.2)
    2015 4A Semifinal – 11 pts (4/11, 3/5 FT), 15 reb, 6 blk in 39 minutes

    Kohler (committed to Carleton) – like Milne, very tall. Hard battler, scorer, long defender, can put up some threes. If he bulks up a bit, he could be a very good CIS player. Injury took away a few games late in the season, but looks to be back with no issues.
    Stats from 3 games tracked – 53 pts (17.7), 59% shooting (23/39, 5/14 from three), 31 reb (10.3), 11 blk (3.7)
    2013/14 – 6 games tracked – 75 pts (12.5), 52.5% shooting (32/61, 4/8 from three), 37 reb (6.2), 10 blk (1.7)
    2015 4A Semifinal – 19 pts (7/14, 1/3 from three, 4/4 FT), 10 reb in 33 minutes

    (#11 Sesay, #15 Milne and #13 Kohler are set to play in the provincial final Monday night at 8 PM CDT – webcast should be available at

  2. UBC has signed F 6’8 Patrick Simon (Archibishop Carney ’12-’13/Future Prep CA ’13-’14) from Port Coquitlam, BC. Patrick Simon started all 26 games for SFU in 2014-15 as a true freshman while averaging 10 ppg & 5 rpg. He shot 56% from the field, 40% from 3pt range and 77% from the free-throw line. He will have 4 years of CIS eligiblity remaining.

  3. Indepth UVic Recruiting News:

    F 6’8 Billy Yarkowski (St Paul’s HS Winnipeg 2014/Skagit Valley CC Washington 2015)

    Tyus Barfoot
    POSITION: Wing
    HEIGHT: 6’5″
    HOMETOWN: Nanaimo, B.C.
    HIGH SCHOOL: Nanaimo District Secondary School
    ABOUT: Tyus Barfoot of Nanaimo, B.C., has been a member of the provincial U15, U16 and U17 teams, where in 2014, he helped his U17 team finish sixth at the Men’s National Basketball Championships. That year, Barfoot was also named U17 Second Team All-Star. The six-foot-five swingman was also senior member on his high school basketball team from 2012 to 2015, and was named First Team All-Star and Island MVP after he helped his team finish seventh at the 2015 BC Senior Boys AAA Basketball Provincial Championships. The prospective social sciences major says he is excited to be a part of a tightly-knit Vikes basketball program and culture.

    Graeme Hyde-Lay
    POSITION: Guard
    HEIGHT: 6’1″
    HOMETOWN: Victoria, B.C.
    HIGH SCHOOL: St. Michaels University School
    ABOUT: Local product Graeme Hyde-Lay from SMUS is a two-time Vancouver Island First Team All-Star and 2014 Provincial AA Championship Second Team All-Star, having played for both his high school team and the South Island Regional team. Following the BC AA Championships in 2015, the six-foot-one guard was named provincial AA Championship MVP. Hyde-Lay intends to study Kinesiology.

    Joshua Charles
    POSITION: Guard
    HEIGHT: 6’6″
    HOMETOWN: Duncan, B.C.
    HIGH SCHOOL: Cowichan Secondary School
    ABOUT: Six-foot-six guard Joshua Charles from Duncan, B.C., will be joining his brother, Jordan, on the Vikes team next season boasting four years’ experience playing for the BC provincial U14, U15, U16 and U17 teams. Joshua was recently named 2015 Cowichan Male Athlete of the Year and was honoured to the provincial U15 second Team All-Star after leading the BC team to a bronze medal at nationals. He intends to study Business.

    Jason Scully
    POSITION: Forward
    HEIGHT: 6’4″
    HOMETOWN: Victoria, B.C.
    HIGH SCHOOL: St. Michaels University School
    ABOUT: Victoria native Jason Scully previously played for three different teams, including the SMUS junior and senior boys teams, the junior Vikes and the Mt. Tolmie Raiders. The six-foot-four forward is also a two-time AA BC Championships First Team All-Star and was also honoured AA Vancouver Island Tournament MVP in 2014 and 2015. Scully was also 2015 Vancouver Island All Star Game MVP, leading his team to AA Vancouver Island Tournament first place for two-straight seasons. This year, the prospective UVic Engineering major guided his team to AA BC Championships first place.

  4. Marcus Tibbs will be leaving UVic bypassing his 5th year to explore professional options.

    Mixed feelings right now… Sad to leave the people I’ve been here in Victoria for the last two years with but happy to be going home for a bit. I’ve enjoyed playing for the University of Victoria these past two years but I am having to turn the page and move on. Crazy tough decision but thank you to my teammates, family and friends for the support. #VikesGang #vikesnation #blessed

  5. Recruiting Notes:

    6’2 PG Phil Jalalpoor (Germany) will transfer from Olds College to coach Kevin Hanson & the @ubctbirds, as per @DRIVEBasketball. #CIS

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’9 C Chris Maughan (Calgary, AB) will transfer from Lethbridge College to the @UofLPronghorns. #CIS

    Brett Layton (Winston Churchill HS AB), Matt Gray (Oak Bay BC) & Shay Foggo (Cresent HS AB) to Mount Royal

  6. Recruiting Notes:

    6’2 PG Phil Jalalpoor (Germany) will transfer from Olds College to coach Kevin Hanson & the @ubctbirds, as per @DRIVEBasketball. #CIS

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’9 C Chris Maughan (Calgary, AB) will transfer from Lethbridge College to the @UofLPronghorns. #CIS

    Brett Layton (Winston Churchill HS AB), Matt Gray (Oak Bay BC) & Shay Foggo (Cresent HS AB) to Mount Royal

  7. More Recruiting News:

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’1″ pg Jonah Weyessa (Edmonton, AB/Father Lacombe) has committed to coach Barnaby Craddock & the Alberta Golden Bears. #CIS @BearsandPandas

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’6″ pf Michael Burnham (Winfield, BC/George Elliot) has committed to coach Eric Magdanz & the MacEwan Griffins. #CIS @MacEwanGriffins

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’7″ c Atlas St. Paul-Butler (Victoria, BC/Oak Bay) has committed to coach Eric Magdanz & the MacEwan Griffins. #CIS @MacEwanGriffins

    Cougars Basketball @cougsmbb
    6’7″ F @Kolton_Bellamy, @BalfourColl, (Regina, SK) has committed to Coach Burrows. Welcome to the program! #CIS

    Cougars Basketball @cougsmbb
    6’7″ F @SdotShieldsy (Brandon, MB) has committed to Coach Burrows. Welcome to the program! #CIS

  8. More Recruiting News:

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’2″ sg D’Wan Williams (Toronto, ON/Oakwood) has committed to coach Barnaby Craddock & the Alberta @BearsandPandas. Big get for #CIS hoops.

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’4″ sf Evan Helgason (Kamloops, BC/Elev8 Sports Institute) has committed to coach Scott Clark & the @GoTRUWolfPack.

    Bison Sports @umbisons
    Bison men’s basketball team recruits forward Dharmjit Dhillon and guard Raj Sidhu for upcoming 2015-16 season

    Barry Hayes @hoopstarscanada
    6’2″ sg Saajan Arora (Cambridge, ON/SJK) has committed to coach Kirby Schepp & the Manitoba Bisons. #CIS @umbisons

    Hoops Hype Canada @HoopsHypeCA
    2015 Spencer Thomas is CIS bound, starter for @PineRidgeBBall has signed a letter of intent to play for UBC Okanagen

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