Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack – Scott Clark, 6th year
In a year of major change in many Explorer Division rosters, the TRU line-up is particularly full of fresh faces, and, although he’s not completely re-vamping his whole roster, Coach Scott Clark graduated key veterans, Brett Rouault, Tallon Milne, and Brett Parker, from the 2014-15 Wolfpack, who were an 11-9 playoff team.
The Wolves will depend heavily on 5th years, Josh Wolfram, a Canada West All-Star forward, who played for Canada in the ‘World Student Games’ in China this past summer, flashy point man, Reese Pribilsky, and import strong forward, Gerard Gore. Wolfie’s 18 ppg (including 46% shooting from the outside) and 10 rebounds put him in a select group of Canada West big men. Pribilsky averaged 4.5 assists with a 2.0 asst/turnover rate, and also scored 13 ppg, while Gore and 3rd year forward, Luke Morris both scored near 5 ppg last season.
With only 4 returnees, Clark was busy on the recruiting trail last Winter and Spring, and added 7 new faces to his ‘Pack. TRU’s most intriguing recruit has to be the former U20 Ukrainian National Team player, Vladimir Iegorov. Kamloops TV Sports -CFJC did this nice piece on Vladimir last week. With his size, maturity, and skills, this former pro import should be a most valuable addition for TRU. Coach Clark also added another import in 6-2 combo guard, Albert Medrano (Gavilan Jr. College, CA) .
Closer to home, the Coach found some promising talent in 6-5 Michael Rouault, 6-4 Evan Helgason, 6-4 Jeff Tubbs, and 6-0 Evan Cave, as well as a Fraser Valley prospect in 6-2 Justin Mason from Surrey. “They are rookies for us”, says Clark, but there is some good potential here, and we expect these young guys to work hard and make a contribution when their opportunity shows itself.”
TRU will stay fairly close to home base in their pre-season, with games at home in the Wolf Pack Tournament in mid-October vs Great Falls Univ. (MT), and Trinity Western , then Kwantlen College and Simon Fraser in Kamloops a week later. The ‘Pack visit Northwest Univ. (Kirkland, WA) for a game on Oct. 25.
Josh Wolfram 6-10 F 5th year , Kamloops
Reese Pribilsky 5-11 point 5th, Victoria
Gerard Gore 6-5 F , 5th, St. John’s, Antiqua
Luke Morris 6-5 F, 3rd, Mission, BC
Jeff Tubbs 6-4 guard , 1st, Kelowna, Mount Boucherie
Evan Helgason 6-4 wing, Kamloops (via a U.S. ‘prep’ school )
Michael Rouault 6-5 F Vernon, Clarence Fulton ’
Evan Cave 6-0 G Kamloops, Norkam
Albert Medrano 6-2 G Mountain View, CA, Gavilan Jr. Coll.
Vladimir Iegorov 6-7 F Donetsk, Ukraine, MBC Mykolaiv
Justin Mason 6-2 G Surrey , Lord Tweedsmuir
UBC-Okanagan Heat – Coach Peter Guarasci, 4th year
Peter Guarasci believes in the ‘steady hand on the tiller’ approach to his coaching challenge at UBC-Okanagan. He has a group of young players, for the most part, with 9 on his roster who are 1st or 2nd year. The Heat come off a tough ‘trial by fire’ type of season in 2014-15, with a 3-17 record in the Explorer Division, and the former National team post man says, “We want to keep developing, and look for these guys to mature as players and students.”
The 7500 student campus sits in the Okanagan Valley, which can be a real positive for recruiting, but B.C. has 7 other university-level programs scouring the Province for players as well. Guarasci’s preference is to recruit and develop young talent, and suggests that his ‘team has some good prospects, who should help us compete more consistently, and deeper into games.” Two college transfers bring some skills and confidence; Randall Mosca is a combo guard from St. Mary’s University , Calgary, where he scored 21 ppg in the Alberta Colleges League. Paulius Makulavicius is a 3rd year wing who played high school in Vancouver, and transfers from Capilano College ( 12.5 ppg/ 4.5 rebs).
A 2nd year post man, 6-8 Brian Ademba, is very new to the game, but his Coach feels , “He is one of the hardest workers I’ve coached, and he improves with each session he has in the gym. With his size and enthusiasm, I think he can be an effective CIS player eventually.” His other young post men, 6-9 Ryan Morck and 6-8 Dean Johnston, will also be expected to step their games up and give Okanagan an improved inside presence along with 6-6 forward, Austin Penrose.
Three offensive leaders return for the Heat; guard Mitch Goodwin ( 13.6 ppg, 4.7 rebs, 2.4 asst) , forward David Manshrek (13.5 ppg, 6.3 rebs), and point guard, Aldrich Berrios (12.4 ppg, 3.1 asst, 1.6 steals) should be a solid combo this campaign. The team has just started Fall camp, and Coach Guarasci is happy to ‘take things a little slower’ in the pre-season; “We want the kids fresh when we start playing for real in November, and we can’t forget that allowing them to get their bearings academically is a sensible approach in early September. UBC-O will play the Lethbridge Pronghorns in Kelowna in early October, then face Trinity Western and Great Falls (MT) Univ. in the Thompson Rivers Tournament Oct. 16/17.
For a bit of change of pace over the Christmas break, the Heat will be training with the UVic Vikes over on Vancouver Island.
Mitch Goodwin G 6-2, 4th year, Kelowna
Ryan Morck F 6-9, 2nd , Airdrie, AB
Dean Johnston F 6-8, 2nd, Port Coquitlam
Aldrich Berrios G 6-1 2nd, Burnaby
Cameron Servatius G 6-4, 2nd, Chilliwack
Cameron Friesen W 6-4, 3rd, Abbotsford
David Manshreck F 6-5, 3rd N. Vancouver
Austin Penrose F 6-6, 2nd, W. Vancouver
Brian Ademba F 6-8, 2nd, Nairobi, Kenya …
Buzz Truss G 6-4, 2nd Kelowna
Spencer Thomas 6-2 G, 1st , Pickering, ON
Randall Mosca 5-10 G, 3rd, Calgary, AB , tsf St. Mary’s University College
Patrick Dujmovic 6-4 F , 1st, White Rock, Semiahmoo
Paulius Makulavicius 6-4 W, 3rd, Vancouver, tsf Capilano Univ. College
- Former Alberta G’Bears mainstay, Jordan Baker, has joined Calgary Dinos grad ,
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson on the roster of Galitos – Tiey, in Barreiro, of the Portuguese Pro League. The 2 All-Canadians should both get a great shot at playing significant minutes with this club.
- Pre-season games start early … Regina plays Medicine Hat College next Saturday in Moose Jaw, while both MacEwan and Alberta have Alumni games in Edmonton.
- Christine Stapleton, the former head coach for the powerful Regina Cougars Women’s team of a few years ago, moves from the University of Waterloo’s Athletic Department to take over as the new Athletic Director at University of Calgary. She is the 1st female A.D. in Dinos history.