Universiade Team Roster Announced

 

Universiade Roster includes players from 4 U-Sports Leagues

Team Canada Head Coach, Kevin Hanson (UBC)                 photo – UBC Athletics

U-Sports announced the roster for the 2017 FISU Games (Universiade)  team today … Coach Kevin Hanson (UBC) and his Assistants, Dan Vanhooren (Calgary), and Jacques Paiment Jr. (Laval) will have select players from all 4 U-Sports Leagues, led by  Carleton ‘s pair of Connor Wood and Kaza Kajami-Keane, who sparked the Ravens’  7th straight National Championship.

Canada West players include Conor Morgan and Jordan Jensen-Whyte of UBC, along with David Kapinga and Mambi Diawara of Calgary, and Justus Alleyn from the Manitoba Bisons.

 

Here is the roster with 2016-17 statistics and notes –

Guards –

Justus Alleyn, Manitoba … 2nd team Canada West All – Star 2017, 17.4 ppg

Mambi Diawara, Calgary … 12.3 ppg,  45% shooter, 5.1 rebs, 2.1 steals

Jordan Jensen-Whyte, UBC  … 15.9 ppg, 3.8 asst,

Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton  … MVP of 2017 Final 8,  15.5 ppg, 5.2 asst

David   Kapinga, Calgary … 11.5 ppg, 48% 3 pt shooter, 4.1 asst, 2.5 steals

Javon Masters, UNB  … 2nd team All – Canadian 2017,  19.6 ppg, 5.8 asst

Connor Wood, Carleton … 1st team All – Canadian 2017, and U-Sports Most Outstanding Player,  19.2 ppg,  MVP 2016 Final 8

Forwards –

Kevin Bercy, St FX … 1st team All – Canadian 2017, MVP in the AUS 2017, 19.8 ppg, 11.3 rebs

Alexandre Leclerc, Laval … 6-6 forward, 10 ppg, 5.8 rebs , All-Canadian in 2016

Conor Morgan, UBC …  1st team All – Canadian 2017 … 23.1 ppg, 7.5 rebs

Erik Nissen, Acadia …   AUS All-star 2017 … 18.1 ppg, 9.7 rebs

Jean-Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Ottawa …  OUA All-Star 2017, 14.4 ppg, 8.7 rebs

This Canada Basketball ‘Development Team’  has some particular challenges, with limited funding for travel expenses as a key deficit.  There is also a possibility that any of the graduated players, Jensen-Whyte, Kajami-Keane, or Wood may not make the trip to compete in Taiwan if they sign a pro contract and are due to start training camp with that pro team.

Canada has a solid recent history in this biannual competition, and with the speed and experience of this squad, they should do well at the August 19 – 30th Games. We’ll expect to have updates on this team once they start training later this summer.  Coach Hanson tells us that the team will fly to Chicago on August 5, and train through the 13th.  The team will play Purdue University of the Big 10 on  August 11 and 12.

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Overtime –

  • Canada’s U-19 National Team, coached by the Ryerson Rams Roy Rana, is slated to start play in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo, Egypt on July 1st. They are 2-1 in pre-tournament play, having lost to France, and beaten both Lithuania and Spain.
  • U. Victoria Coach , Craig Beaucamp , guided Canada’s U-17’s to the Silver medal in FIBA Americas Championships in Argentina in mid June. Canada registered wins over Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.  They lost to the USA in the championship game.

 

 

 

CIS Standings – East to West

CIS Standings From the Atlantic to the Pacific-

We are finishing up semester 1 exams in schools across the country, and most teams have had somewhat limited work-out / practice schedules.  For action prior to that break, we take a  look at the league standings for the different conferences and divisions around the CIS.  They show a variety of scheduling, and an occasionally complicated (Atlantic – 4 point games ?) way of determining standings.

Jevon Masters and the UNB Reds are 'in the mix' as they chase an AUS title.

Jevon Masters and the UNB Reds are ‘in the mix’ as they chase an AUS title.                                       photo – UNB Athletics

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As per usual in the AUS, we have a mix of results, with the expectation that home court and injury status may be as important as any other factors. One of the oddities in the Maritimes is that they do not have as many ‘traveling refs’, and therefore, there is the perception of particular difficulty in winning as a visitor in some gyms. (PEI and Memorial seem to be the least ‘welcoming’ venues for the away squads.)  One team emerges in March … but who can pick a favourite at this stage?

 


Daniel Ogundokun and the McGill Redmen are the class of the 'Q' at the break.

Dele Ogundokun and the McGill Redmen are the class of the ‘Q’ at the break.                              photo – McGill Athletics

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The ‘Q’, our ’boutique league’ of the CIS,  has a 12 game regular season, and a tidy little play-off round of a one game 2 vs 3 semi, with the winner playing #1 for the Cup. Stranger things have happened, but this season looks to have the McGill Redmen as the dominant team. No one else has beaten Ottawa !  So we pencil McGill into the 1 RSEQ slot in the CIS Final 8 in Vancouver.


 

OUA Rules – Until They Don’t

Caleb Agada leads a powerful #1 ranked Ottawa team. Photo - UO Athleics

Caleb Agada leads a powerful #1 ranked Ottawa team.                       Photo – UO Athleics

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Ottawa and Carleton are favoured to play for the OUA title, and the CIS Championship in March. They may well do this, and it would surprise us if they weren’t ranked 1 and 2 entering the OUA playoffs. We’re not sure they’re as good as last year’s squads, however.

 

 

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The surprise team in the OUA may be the Queen’s Golden Gaels, who look like a  contender at this stage. But, Queen’s has yet to play some of the tougher teams, including  Ryerson, who will be there in the playoffs, with both York and Toronto scrambling for the last spot.

 

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Until they lost at Queen’s the Brock Badgers looked like one of the hot teams.  It would appear to be them or their close rivals, the McMaster Marauders, who should be on top at season’s end in this group. Lakehead and Guelph can fight it out for the 3rd playoff spot.

 

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The standings are a bit confusing in the West, with all 3 top teams having consistency issues.  There is also the tougher schedule played by Western (losses to both the Ravens and the Gee-Gees). Look for Western and Windsor to be 1 and 2, with Laurier beating their cross-area rivals, Waterloo, for the 3rd playoff spot.

 


Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his UBC teammates will be at home for the CIS Final 8.

Jordan Jensen-Whyte and his UBC teammates will be at home for the CIS Final 8.                           Photo – UBC Athletics

 

Canada West Playoffs a ‘Torture Test’ –

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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 1.18.24 PMJust as a reminder, this is what’s ahead for the 17 school, 2 Division Canada West.  It’s the longest and most involved playoff structure in the country.  We are assuming that UBC, the CIS host in March, plus 2 other playoff ‘survivors’ will be in that Final 8 on March 17-20 in Vancouver.

7 Pioneer Division teams and 3 Explorer teams are in …
Week 1 Play in Series (Best 2 of 3) at higher seed, with Series 1: P6 (#9) @ E3 (#8)
Series 2 is  P7 (#10) @ P5 (#7).
Week 2  are the 1/4 Finals (best 2 of 3, of course)  … A) Winner of Series 1 @ P1 (#1)
B) Winner of Series 2 @ E1 (#2), C) P4 (#6) @ P2 (#3), D) E2 (#5) @ P3 (#4)
Week 3  we get the CW Final 4 at the home of the highest seed.

More on Canada West’s post- Christmas schedule and expectations later ….


Overtime –

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  • We have a pair of pre-Christmas games for Trinity Western, as they travel to Klamath Falls, Oregon to play a pair with the Oregon Tech Owls on Dec. 22 and 23. After the New Year , the Spartans host the NW Indian College (Bellingham, WA).

 

  • Recruiting is in full swing, with high school / club / college players in action across the country.  Of course, it’s also a pursuit of talented, dependable import players, who might vault a CIS school up into immediate contention. Since the move by the CIS to allow 3 imports in the line-up, Canada West, in particular, has seen an influx of foreign players. Quickly, who are the top 3 new import players in the League this season?  More in a future post on the import quota and it’s effect on ‘local’ recruiting.