Saskatchewan Huskies, Coach Barry Rawlyk, 6th year
Huskies big man, Matt Forbes
The Huskies, without big men, Matt Forbes and Shane Osayande, have won 4 of 5 CIS pre-season games to date, including a win over all 3 of UVic, Carleton, and Fraser Valley at the Vikes Tournament. That suggests to us that, despite some key player losses, U of S will again be one of the top contenders in Canada West.
Evan Ostertag may be the CW 6th Man of this sesaon, with his scoring touch heading for a 15 ppg+ level, and added experience gives Trevor Severinski a brighter green light to launch his outside shot. Forbes, when healthy, is a beast inside, and Osayande shows the potential to give a big assist as a strong defender and a tough rebounder.
Yes, Coach Barry Rawlyk landed yet another San Diego-area recruit in wing man Shawn Lathan, but perhaps more tellingly, he snatched the impressive point man, Jauquin Bennett-Boire, away from B.C., and coaxed the lightening -quick Chan DeCiman up from Regina. These are 2 great rookie additions, and Devin Wittow out of Alberta also looks sharp.
The ‘Dogs host their Graham Construction – Huskie Invitational this coming weekend, with Regina, Windsor, and Concordia providing an intriguing mix of teams. Rawlyk has a .75% winning record in Canada West and CIS competition, and he may guide the Huskies into another playoff run this time around.
Alex Unruh G 5-10, 3rd year, Saskatoon
Evan Ostertag G 6-1, 5th, Saskatoon
Jonathan Karwacki G 6-0, 3rd, Saskatoon
Joseph Barker F 6-7, 2nd, Saskatoon
Matthew Forbes F 6-6, 5th, Regina Beach
Shane Osayande F 6-6, 3rd, Toronto
Trevor Severinski F 6-6, 4th, Pitt Meadows, BC
Mack Burns F 6-6, 3rd, Regina
New Faces –
Devin Wittow F 6-6, 1st, Leduc, AB
Chan DeCiman G 6-2, 1st, Regina
Shawn Lathan W 6-4, 2nd, San Diego, CA (tsf S’Western Jr. Coll. )
Davis Humbert G 6-2, 1st, Saskatoon
Jauquin Bennett-Boire G 6-2, 1st, Abbotsford, BC
Reid Thuringer G 6-2, 1st, Warman, SK
Regina Cougars – Coach Steve Burrows, 3rd year
There are rumblings around the West that imply the Cougars may be more vicious predators in the 2015-16 campaign. Coach Burrows is typically reluctant to predict great things … “We are trying to build a winning culture and attitude … one day at a time.” Well Coach, it should be easier with a healthy Alex Igual, the flashy import guard, and a solid returnee group led by the high-octane brothers Brandon and Jonathan Tull, shooter Travis Sylvestre, and big men Jeremy Zver and Will Tallman.
Brandon Tull will be a leader for U of R
Coach Burrows said, “Both Stephen Shields and Gurkirat Kular have the skills to give us a little more useful depth. But we won’t get Ndiaye until after Christmas … he is finishing his degree in Tennessee.”
Regina has the size, the experience, and, maybe now with Igual, the offensive consistency to take a determined run at the post-season.
This group was not that far away last year, and, as the Coach points out, “We’ve added a few more pieces to help us win the games that may have slipped through our hands in past years.” An early indication will be how they fare against some pretty good teams at the U of S Tournament this weekend. The ‘Green Cougars’ also travel to Nova Scotia in a couple of weeks to play in the Cape Breton U. Classic.
Travis Sylvestre 6-4 F, 4th, Regina
Will Tallman 6-8 F, 5th, Regina
Brandon Tull 6-4 G, 3rd, Ajax, ON
Jonathan Tull 6-4 G 5th, Ajax
Matt Augustine 6-0 G 5th, Toronto (* injured)
Alex Igual 6-4 G, 4th Barcelona, Spain
Jeremy Zver 6-5 F, 5th Regina
Brian Ofori 6-5 F, 3th, Montreal
Mike Malecha 6-2 G, 3th, Regina
Zach Mihalicz 6-8 P, 2th Parker, Colorado
Brandon Buttazoni 6-0 G, 3th, Regina
Stephen Shields 6-7 P, 4th, Brandon, MB ( tsf Brandon )
Kolton Bellamy 6-6 F, 1st, Regina
Rawane Ndiaye 6-10 P, 2nd, Bronx, NY (tsf Tennessee )
Gurkirat Kular 6-4 G, 1st, Surrey, BC ( tsf Simon Fraser )
Sam Hillis 6-3 G, 1st, Regina
- The Doug Mitchell Sports Centre at UBC has a new basketball court, in preparation for the 2016 CIS Final 8 Tournament. Story in The Ubyssey. The floor was ‘christened’ on Oct. 2 as UBC hosted their Fall Invitational Tournament.
- Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (Dinos) and Jordan Baker (G. Bears) are both starting for Galitos-Tiey in the Portuguese Pro League. We are having no luck getting a translated page, but will keep trying.
- Howard Kelsey, Canada Basketball, encourages a look at the new National Team Alumni website – http://www.nbtaa.com
- Scores from last week – Calgary 93 Saskatchewan 81, Brock 103 Brandon 86, Sask. 69 Mt. Royal 62, Calgary 76 Alberta 64, Brock 81 Winnipeg 52, MacEwan 65 Manitoba 64, Mt. Royal 53 Alberta 50, UFV 90 Trinity W. 81, Winnipeg 75 MacEwan 66, Brock 79 Manitoba 75, UFV 77 TWU 68, Brandon 114 MacEwan 107.
- Saskatchewan vs Concordia, and Regina takes on Windsor to tip off the Graham Construction Tournament in Saskatoon on Thursday. The Stingers won 3 straight at their own Dore Tournament last week, and Windsor may be a Top 10 team again this year in CIS.