Student Games Team Announced


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Five Canada West Players on National Development Team

Led by the U. Alberta’s Head Coach, Barnaby Craddock, the Canada Basketball Development Team of 12 CIS players, will include 5 from Canada West including UVic’s Chris McLaughlin, the 2015 League MVP.  The other 4 Western reps include 5-9 guard, Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (Calgary Dinos), 6-7 wing man, Mamadou Gueye (U of A Golden Bears) , 6-6 forward Tommy Nixon (UBC Thunderbirds), and 6-9 forward, Josh Wolfram (Thompson Rivers Wolfpack).

The team will represent Canada in the FISU Games tournament in Gwangju, South Korea, from July 4 – 13.  They will have a pre-tournament training camp at the University of Kansas from June 19-29.  More in this news release from Canada Basketball.



Sihota Continues Successful Pro Career


Robbie Sihota in action this Spring for Fribourg, Switzerland.           photo – Ekalavyas


 From the Indian basketball website – Ekalavyas, writer Vishnu Ravi Shankar …

This is an excellent article on Robbie Sihota, the former Calgary Dinos forward, who has been playing in Europe for 5 years +. 

Sihota, who played for Coach Dan Vanhooren’s Dinos from 2006-2010, played his high school ‘ball at Lester Pearson HS, Calgary under Coach Bill Mitchell.  His pro career has seen him play  in The Netherlands, first with Rotterdam, where he was the Dutch League’s top rebounder, then in Nijmegen, and a year in Luxembourg. Robbie has just finished his 1st season in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he led the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg), and was 2nd in scoring (15.2 ppg).    (Thanks to our good friend, Art Unsworth, out there in Western Saskatchewan, who tipped us off to this story.)


Canada West Recruiting Update –

The latest signees in Canada West include 6-5 guard, Sebastian Eliasen ( Denmark) who  transfers to Trinity Western from Yuba Jr. College (California), and to UNBC  we have  Austin Chandler, a 6-7 transfer from Wenatchee, WA Jr. College.

13 thoughts on “Student Games Team Announced

  1. TWU Recruiting News:

    Fraser William Curry ‏@FraserWC
    I’m excited to officially announce that I am committing to Trinity Western University in Langley, BC!! @CoachL16 @AI_Academy

  2. Alberta Team News:

    F 6’9 Grant Galbraith (1st Year) leaves Alberta for Langara *CCAA/PACWEST.

    Barry Hayes ‏@hoopstarscanada
    6’9″ c Grant Galbraith (Port Moody, BC), previously at Alberta, has committed to @CoachEbe & the @LangaraFalcons. #CCAA @pacwestbc

    UBC Recruiting News:


    The UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball is proud to introduce Dominic Gilbert as the program’s latest recruit for the 2015-16 Canada West season.

    Gilbert is a 6-foot-6 wing player from Sydney, Australia, who has played basketball in North America the last two seasons.

    “I chose to attend UBC because I felt that it was the perfect fit for me in the classroom and on the court,” said Gilbert. “Going to UBC gives me a great opportunity to obtain an invaluable education and to play basketball at a high level.”

    In Australia, Gilbert played basketball at Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, earning a place on the all-conference team in 2011-12 and 2012-13, and a spot on the all-state team as well in 2012-13. In his final season at Trinity Grammar, he averaged 19.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

    Gilbert moved to the United States and played high school basketball at Copiah Academy in Gallman, Miss., where he averaged 17.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per outing, with a 48 per cent field goal percentage. He hit 35.1 per cent of his shots from behind the three-point line during his lone season in Mississippi.

    After graduating from Copiah, Gilbert completed a year of prep school in the spring of 2015.

    “We are very excited to welcome Dominic to our program,” said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. “He is a character guy that has all the makings of being a great student- athlete at UBC. He has a very good understanding of the game and has a great work ethic.

    “Dominic is a good-sized wing and a physical player who can shoot the ball. In the classroom, he is a brilliant student. He is a straight ‘A’ student who’s focused and very driven. His desire to be a high achiever is a trait that attracted us to him right away.”

    In the fall, Gilbert will join Taylor Browne (Surrey, B.C.), Philip Jalalpoor (Shifferstadt, Germany) and Roger Milne (Winnipeg) as the newest Thunderbirds in the men’s basketball program, which will welcome the nation to campus March 17-20, 2016, when the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre hosts the CIS Men’s Basketball Final 8 championship tournament.

  3. Ryan Wolstat ‏@WolstatSun
    Phil Scrubb will be playing for the Raptors at Summer League in Las Vegas. And for Grizzlies in Orlando.

  4. Click link for Vancouver Province’s Canada West Recruiting News:

    Fraser Valley Recruiting News:


    Devin Brar (6-5 F, Abbotsford, Algoma (CCAA)); Navdeep Brar (6-5 F, Abbotsford-Rick Hansen, Kwantlen (CCAA)); Madison Cooley (6-9 F, PoCo-Terry Fox, Kwantlen (CCAA)); Jasdeep Gill (5-9 G, Abbotsford-Yale); Mark Johnson (6-5 G, Palm Springs-College of the Desert); Sasha Otanga (6-2 G, Abbotsford-Yale, Columbia Bible (CCAA)); Joseph Wani (6-6 F, Scarborough-Centennial College)

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