Huskies Scrambling to Re-Build Roster

 

 

 Huskies in Scramble Mode as Tournament Tips-off

The news from Saskatchewan this late Summer and early Fall hinted at some big changes for a roster full of veteran players, and a team that may well be in their usual championship contention.  We get confirmation from Coach Barry Rawlyk (8th year) in a Star-Phoenix article by Darren Zary.

5th year Huskies floor leader, Alex Unruh

Gone is 5th year all-star forward, Shane Osayande.  Gone also wing man, 3rd year, Jaylan Morgan, and forward Mack Burns.  All 3 were projected starters.  Still listed on the roster, but unllikely to play this season is Chan DeCiman, a speedy, talented 2nd year guard, who has some continuing physical issues.  Also gone were veterans Dave Humbert, Reid Thuringer, and Jonathan Halvorson. 

That’s leaves Rawlyk in ‘scramble mode’ as he tries to patch together a competitive team around the few key players he has left.  To make matters worse, the Huskies 3rd  year import guard, Lawrence Moore, missed their  games  last week in Toronto vs UT and Ryerson.  Latest recruit, 3rd year, import guard, JT Robinson, who could add some significant firepower, also has an injury, keeping him off the court for now.

Moore is back for the U of S Graham Construction Tournament, and he joins 5th year guard Alex Unruh, 2nd year wing, Addison Dewar, and 2nd year guard, Emmanuel Akintunde.  Forwards Dean Wittow (6-7) and Joseph Barker (6-6) are both injured, leaving 3rd year transfer 6-6 Sebastien Turcotte (Saskatoon), and 1st year locals, 6-5 Savion Tyson, and Aidan Smithen to ‘hold the fort’ .

These are trying times, but the Huskies will be doing their best to contest their 3 games this weekend vs Mt. Royal on Thursday,  UBC Friday, and Western on Saturday.    Today’s U of S – MRU  game –  Live stats –  7 pm local   

Fall Camps Opening – More Signings

Summer into Fall as Classes and Pre-Season Practice Begin

Jasdeep Gill and his Calgary Dinos, defending Canada West champions, are among many schools Fall camp this week.

Jasdeep Gill and his Calgary Dinos, defending Canada West champions, are among many schools starting Fall camp this week.                        Photo – David Moll, UC Athletics

Canada West teams are seeing all their roster players returning to campus.  Academic classes, and the full Fall basketball training period  are getting underway.  The CIS differs greatly from region to region, with many Ontario and Quebec schools just having completed games vs U.S. schools who toured North of the border.

Only UBC, Trinity Western, and Victoria played an NCAA opponent on the West Coast, as UNC-Charlotte went 3-0 in beating the ‘Birds 89-71, the Spartans 95-58, and the Vikes by a 92-73 count.  That’s in interesting contrast to the full-on schedule for schools like Carleton, Ottawa, UQAM, McGill, Concordia, and Toronto.,

Attention grabbers from NCAA summer action –   Carleton continues to Carleton Rstand-out with their 5-0 record, including a 100-75 pasting of Wichita State.  Dave Smart returns to the bench, and it may well be more of the same, the Ravens, then the rest of the CIS. ….  Ottawa goes 4-1, although their slate in Costa Rica doesn’t feature many ‘power teams’.  (Frankly, this summer saw fewer top U.S. squads overall than in past years. Maybe they were getting nervous about losing games in Canada?)  … Concordia is 3-2 … Toronto 80 UNLV 79 . Really ?  … while McMaster travels to Taiwan and wins 5 games in a tournament including over Cal Poly -Pomona.

We now await the mid to late September games with alumni, CGEP, and CCAA opponents, then CIS early pre-season tournies.    UVic’s Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament on Sept. 29-30, UNB’s Eric Garland on the 30th, Oct 1-2, and in Wolfeville, NS on the same dates, the Stu Aberdeen for Acadia.


Late Signings Bolster Brandon and TRUtyvon c

Brandon Coach Gil Cheung has added 3 exciting prospects to his roster just last week. From Middletown, New York  Tyvon Cooper is a 3rd year import transfer from  Orange County Community College, NY.  Cooper was a National Junior College All-American . The 6-0 guard was 4th in the nation in scoring at 23.7 ppg, leading his team in scoring, rebounds, and steals.  He is a strong 3 point shooter, and promises to recharge the BU attack.

Two other recent signees for the ‘Cats are Mohammad Sohaib Sultan of Montreal and Girece Kazumba from Toronto. Sultan, a 5-11 guard transfers from  Vanier College  where he was a Quebec League All-Star . Kazumba, a 6-2 guard,  played with Vermillion Community College , Minnesota.

Cheung has now added 6 new faces for this year’s version of the Bobcats, including  Josh Bell of Mississauga, Ont. and two high school grads,  Kobyn Jopp of Calgary,  and Brandon (Crocus Plains)  Riley Schaus.

Scott Clark at TRU has been extra busy on the recruiting front, as he lands 22 TRU 'Packyear old point guard Jonathan Layne of Toronto via  Bismarck State College  (North Dakota).  This is just following TRU announcing another import, Derek Rhodes (6’5” guard, Sacramento City College.)

7 other WolfPack recruits for the ’16-’17 team are  Ryan Miller (6’6” forward, Kamloops,  Trent Monkman (6’2”, guard, Smithers, BC, Noah Kaefer (6’4”, forward, Courtenay, BC ), Madhu McConnell (6’0” guard, Victoria, -Oak Bay), Jass Singh (6’0” guard, Abbotsford- WJ Mouat), Jordan Komarniski (6’0”, guard, Kamloops,  South Kamloops ), and Maalik Hazzies (6’9”, forward, Sacramento, CA,  American River College .  (From Larry Read, TRU Sports Information).

More Canada West Recruiting News –

Mambi Diawara, 6-5 wing, from Montreal signs with Calgary

Mambi Diawara, 6-5 wing  from Montreal signs with Calgary Dinos

  • The Calgary Dinos add 3rd year Montreal native Mambi Diawara, who  played two years at Lamar State (Texas). The 6-5 wing man will certainly be a potential rotation player. UC also signed 6-5 high school Regina high school star Sasha Pojuzina, and  Ethan Scott, a 6-4 guard from Orangeville, Ontario .
  • Victoria Coach Craig Beaucamp has recently signed Mindy Minhas, a ‘blue-chip’ talent from Vancouver’s Winston Churchill. Minhas was to attend UBC last year, but had some academic hurdles.  The Vikes already corralled  Noah Charles, a 6-5 forward from Duncan, BC Cowichan Sec.,  6-6 Jake Newman from White Rock Christian via Lafayette College (PA), Wayne Tucker, a 6-1 import from Oakland, CA,  6-1 Scott Kellam, Issaquah HS, WA, and 6-5  Vladislav Zasmolin, from Sir W. Churchill HS, Calgary.
  • Saskatchewan Huskies inked a pair of Saskatoon high school stars – Addison Dewar, 6-3 guard from Marion Graham Collegiate and Emmanuel Akintunde, 6-1, from St. Joseph High School.  More details in this Star-Phoenix story.