Men's Basketball

MBB: Coaches pick Alberta as favourites

EDMONTON – A new season of Canada West men's basketball tips off Friday night, and the Alberta Golden Bears are the narrow favourites to win it all this season.

The conference's annual coaches preseason poll was released Friday, as the 2019-20 season opens in eight markets across Western Canada.

Alberta used six first-place votes to take down top spot with 244 points. Alberta narrowly edged out UBC (240 points and six first-place votes), along with the defending conference champion Dinos (237 points and remaining five first-place votes).

The road to the conference championships begins tonight, with 16 conference games (eight men's and eight women's) available live on Canada West TV Presented by Co-op. Season passes are available for purchase by clicking here.

2019-20 CW MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

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Team / Points (First-place votes)

  1. Alberta Golden Bears / 244 (6)
  2. UBC Thunderbirds / 240 (6)
  3. Calgary Dinos / 237 (5)
  4. Regina Cougars / 189
  5. Saskatchewan Huskies / 183
  6. Lethbridge Pronghorns / 169
  7. Winnipeg Wesmen / 161
  8. Manitoba Bisons / 155
  9. Thompson Rivers WolfPack / 138
  10. Victoria Vikes / 136
  11. Fraser Valley Cascades / 127
  12. Mount Royal Cougars / 90
  13. Brandon Bobcats / 73
  14. UBCO Heat / 46
  15. UNBC Timberwolves / 44
  16. *Trinity Western Spartans / 40
  17. MacEwan Griffins / 40

NOTES: * TWU receives higher ranking thanks to greater number of higher-place votes. First-place votes worth 16 pts., second-place 15 pts. etc.





8928
2018-19 CW regular season record: 15-5, 3rd in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 2-3, lost CW SF to UBC
Head coach: Barnaby Craddock (8th season) / 106-38 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2017 / 12
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2002 / 3
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 84.8 PPG, 7th
  • Defence: 72.5 PPG, 2nd
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 19.8 – Brody Clarke, F
  • Assists per game: 3.9 – Tyus Jefferson, G
  • Rebounds per game: 11.0 – Brody Clarke, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.9 - Brody Clarke, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Max Russell / G / 1 / Cardston, AB / Cardston High School
  • Jack MacPherson / F / 1 / St. Albert, AB / Paul Kane High School
  • Daniel McLaren / F / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Jasper Place High School
Key performer:
  • Adam Paige
  • Forward
  • 2nd-year
  • Surrey, BC 
Coming off a stellar rookie season, which saw him earn the Canada West Rookie of the Year Award, the Alberta Golden Bears are expecting a big season from sophomore forward Adam Paige.
 
With reigning U SPORTS All-Canadian Brody Clarke sidelined to start the season with an injury, Paige will be the Bears primary post threat early on.
 
Paige averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last year, averaging just 23 minutes and seven shots per game. Both of those totals should climb dramatically this season for the Surrey, BC native.
 
Along with returning veterans Tyus Jefferson, Andre Kelly, Ivan Ikomey and Dwan Williams, the Golden Bears are a threat to reach the U SPORTS Championship for a program record fourth-straight year.




8926
2018-19 CW regular season record: 4-16, 15th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Gil Cheung / 48-140 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2002 / 1
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1996 / 4
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 83.5 PPG, 8th
  • Defence: 92.4 PPG, 15th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 21.6 – Tyvon Cooper, G
  • Assists per game: 3.5 - Tyvon Cooper, G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.0 - Tyvon Cooper, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.6 – Steven Chieng, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Elisha Ampofo / G / 1 / Milton, ON / Toronto Basketball Academy
  • Hans Befus / G / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Edmonton Christian
  • Jahmaal Gardner / 3 / Brentwood, NY / Suffolk Community College
  • Patrick Jonas / 1 / Surrey, B.C. / Tweedsmuir Secondary
  • Anthony Tsegakele / 1 / Gatineau, QC / Thetford Academy
  • Haashim Wallace / 3 / Vineland, NJ / Cumberland Community College
  • Shun Williams / 3 / Kansas City, MO / Otero Junior College
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Tyvon Cooper / G / Middletown, NY / 3
  • Troy Grant / G / Brampton, ON / 3
  • Pookie Saunders / G / Calgary, AB / 4
Key performer:
  • Jaleel Webb
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Montreal, QC
One of three returning players, and the one with the most experience. As the lone fifth-year on the team, his presence may not be felt in terms of scoring or other stat lines, but how he can guide a squad with so many new faces. Webb had a strong pre-season for the Bobcats and will look to carry that momentum into the conference season for what will be his final season as a Bobcat.




8920
2018-19 CW regular season record: 17-3, 2nd 
2018-19 CW post-season record: 4-3, lost CW Championship to Calgary (5th at U SPORTS)
Head coach: Kevin Hanson (25th season) / 304-91 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2013 / 9
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1972 / 2
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 93.5 PPG, 2nd
  • Defence: 74.8 PPG, 3rd 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 19.3 - Jadon Cohee, G
  • Assists per game: 5.3 - Mason Bourcier, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.9 - Grant Shephard, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 - Grant Shephard, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Zack Moore / G / 4 / Bellevue, WA / University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Toni Maric / F / 1 / Vancouver, BC / Vancouver College
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program): 
  • Patrick Simon / F / Port Coquitlam, BC / 5
Key performer: 
  • Jadon Cohee
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Langley, BC
Cohee is coming off a stellar debut season with the Thunderbirds after returning to his hometown as an NCAA Div. 1 transfer. In his opening season with the 'Birds, Cohee started all 20 games and led the team in scoring (averaging 19.3 points per game), while finishing third overall in the conference with 386 points. The standout guard was named a first team Canada West all-star and a second team All-Canadian after leading UBC to the U SPORTS Final 8 and the CW Final.





8931
2018-19 CW regular season record: 7- 13, 13th place
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Clay Pottinger (1st season)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 70.5 PPG, 17th
  • Defence: 87.4 PPG, 13th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 17.2 PPG – Triston Matthews, G
  • Assists per game: 4.6 APG – Aldrich Berrios, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.2 RPG - Triston Matthews, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.4 BLK/G - Patrick Dujmovic, G 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Simar Bajwa / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Memorial University
  • Prabhtej Deol / G / 1 / Kelowna, BC / Rutland Secondary
  • Gus Goerzen / G / 1 / Vancouver, BC / Elphinstone Secondary
  • Imoudu Ibrahim / W / 1 / Calgary, AB / Team AB
  • Sebago Jean-Charles / G / 4 / Port a Prince, HAI / Bethany College
  • Samuel Matice / P / 3 / Prince Albert, SK / South Georgia Tech
  • Keaton Souster / G / 3 Sherwood Park, AB / Concordia University of Edmonton
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Aldrich Berrios / G / Burnaby, BC / 5
  • Triston Matthews / G / North Vancouver, BC / 3 
Key performer:
  • Hafith Moalin
  • Guard
  • 2nd-year
  • Mississauga, ON
A spectacular rookie season earned Moalin a spot on the conference all-rookie team last year. An injury forced the electric point guard to miss a handful of games last season but he made the most when he was in the lineup and UBCO could see big times plays from Moalin this year.
Playing in just 16 games, and starting all but one of those, the first year player from Mississauga, Ont., averaged 12.0 points a game, the top mark in the CW conference for rookies. He also led the nation in most threes made by a first-year player with 36 and shot those at a 36.7-per cent rate, second highest for first-year players in the CW.
His high offense rate will come in handy for the Heat as they begin the year losing their two top offensive players from last year and UBCO will try and mix in 10 new faces to the mix.




8912
2018-19 CW regular season record: 20-0, 1st in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 7-1, CW champions (2nd U SPORTS)
Head coach: Dan Vanhooren (20th season) / 241-155 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2019 / 8
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2018 / 1
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 88.5 PPG, 4th
  • Defence: 66.0 PPG, 1st 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 17.9 – Mambi Diawara, G
  • Assists per game: 3.4 – Mambi Diawara, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.4 – Brett Layton, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.9 – Brett Layton, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Ezeoha Santiago / G / 3 / Belmont, TTO / Lee College (Tex.)
  • Jeffrey Tezo / G / 1 / Montreal, Que. / Thetford Academy
  • Simon Kutzschmar / G / 3 / Benningen, GER / Iserlohn Kangaroos
  • Noah Wharton / G / 1 / Brampton, Ont. / Ridley College
  • Edwin Jeudy / F / 4 / Montreal, Que. / Lemar University 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Mambi Diawara / G / Montreal, Que. / 3
  • David Kapinga / G / Calgary, Alta. / 4
  • Lars Schlueter / F / Ulm, GER / 5
  • Andrew Milner / G / Antigonish, N.S. / 2 
Key performer:
  • Brett Layton
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • Calgary, Alta. 
With the departure of several big names in the offseason, plenty of touches will head the way of big man Brett Layton for the Dinos in 2019-20. The Dinos’ second-leading scorer and far and away their leading rebounder a season ago, Layton will become a feature both offensively and defensively for the Dinos and has had an impressive preseason for the Dinos, highlighted by a 22-point, 25-rebound effort against StFX.




8929
2018-19 CW regular season record: 13-7, 6th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 2-2, lost CW QF to UBC
Head coach: Adam Friesen / 85-59 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 79.4 PPG, 11th
  • Defence: 75.8 PPG, 4th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.1 – Parm Bains, G
  • Assists per game: 3.4 – Vick Toor, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.9 – Mark Johnson, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.7 – Sukhman Sandhu, C
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Jaskarn Bajwa / G/F / 3 / Fremont, CA / Clarke College
  • Dhivaan Bhogal / F / 1 / Mission, BC / W.J. Mouat Secondary
  • Vlad Mihaila / G / 1 / Surrey, BC / Semiahmoo Secondary
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Mark Johnson / F / Palm Springs, CA / 3
  • Andrew Morris / G/F / Burnaby, BC / 3
  • Navjot Bains / F / Delta, BC / 4
  • Sukhman Sandhu / C / Surrey, BC / 3 
Key performer:
  • Parm Bains
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Surrey, BC
Parm Bains completed an incredible journey from walk-on to Canada West all-star last season, earning second team all-conference honours. The 5’10” point guard is among the most dangerous shooters in CW – last season he poured in 16.1 points per game and hit 38 per cent of his attempts from beyond the arc. He’s also an outstanding playmaker, averaging 3.3 assists per game. Bains helped the Cascades to the brink of a playoff upset, pushing the UBC Thunderbirds to a third game in the best-of-three CW quarter-finals, and he’ll be looking to help the UFV squad move beyond that point in his final season.




8914
2018-19 CW regular season record: 12-8, 7th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record:
2-2, lost in CW QF to Alberta
Interim Head coach: James McKinnon (1st season)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 1986 / 1
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 94.8 PPG, 1st
  • Defence: 80.3 PPG, 7th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 19.1 – Zac Overwater, G
  • Assists per game: 6.3 – Kyle Peterson, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.8 - Zac Overwater, G
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 - Zac Overwater, G 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Jeff Rodehutskors / Post / 2 / Dalemead, Alta./ Calgary Dinos
  • Bailey Grosse / Post / 1 / Medicine Hat, Alta. / Medicine Hat High School
  • Avery Hutcheson / 1 / Calgary, Alta./ University of Alberta
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Zac Overwater / G / Didsbury, Alta. / 5
  • Josh Sparkes / G / Medicine Hat, Alta. / 5
Key performer:
  • Mike Pierzchala
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Lethbridge, Alta.
Mike Pierzchala returns for his senior season with Pronghorn men’s basketball program. Pierzchala established himself as one of the premier shooters in Canada West, which forces opponents to focus a lot of their attention on him and opens the floor for his teammates. He’s hard work and determination throughout his career has led him to be third all-time in three point field goals in the programs history. A native of Lethbridge, Pierzchala has paved the path for future southern Alberta high schooler’s as they push for their goals to become University players in the future.




8913
2019-20 CW regular season record: 1-19, 16th in CW
2019-20 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Mike Connolly (1st season) / 44-102 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 73.0 PPG, 16th
  • Defence: 92.8 PPG, 16th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.1 – Jake Notice, W
  • Assists per game: 3.3 – Deonte Doslov-Doctor, G
  • Rebounds per game: 5.8 – Abdullah Shittu, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.9 – Abdullah Shittu, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Mason Hunter / W / 3 / Sherwood Park, AB / UAlberta-Augustana
  • Gregoire Piche-Wint / F / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Notre Dame
  • Grayson Youngs / PG / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Ross Sheppard 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Atlas St. Paul-Butler / F / Victoria, BC / 4
  • Harrison Lane / F / Edmonton, AB / 5
Key performer:
  • Jake Notice
  • Wing and point guard
  • 4th-year
  • Bath, UK 
It was a tough one-win season for the MacEwan Griffins in 2018-19, but, individually, Notice was among the best players in the conference, averaging 16.1 points per game – tied for 17th best in Canada West.

MacEwan leaned on him as a 34-minutes-per-game workhorse last season and he didn’t disappoint, showing off a dynamic skill-set up top with elite lane-cutting drives that consistently pressured defences around the conference.

Notice has an improved supporting cast around him this season, but the Bristol Flyers British Basketball League product remains MacEwan’s biggest threat to create offence.




8915
2018-19 CW regular season record: 10-10, 9th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to Winnipeg in play-in game
Head coach: Kirby Schepp (11th season) / 103-127 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: none
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1975-76 / 1
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 76.0 PPG, 13th  
  • Defence: 78.3 PPG, 6th  
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.0 – Rashawn Browne, G
  • Assists per game: 5.8 – Rashawn Browne, G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.5 – James Wagner, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 – Isaac Miller-Jose, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Vojtech Rudický / F / 1 / Brno, Czech Republic / Czech National
  • Termaine Daniels / G / 3 / St. Paul, MN, USA / Dakota Country Tech 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Malik Irwin / F / Toronto, ON / 5 
Key performer:
  • Rashawn Browne
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Toronto, ON
The starting floor general and lone fifth-year for the Bisons, Rashawn Browne enters his final year of eligibility ready to turn heads in the conference.

A Canada West Third Team All-Star in 2018-19, Browne led the Bisons in assists for the second straight season with 5.8 and assumed leading scorer responsibilities after the graduation of five-year Bison Justus Alleyn, dropping in 16.0 per game (19th in the conference) and recording shooting splits of 42/33/73.

He also got to the free throw line regularly, finishing 6th in Canada West in makes, going 69-for-94 while shouldering the load of 32.0 minutes per game.
The 6’1”, 185-pound guard was also instrumental on the defensive end of the floor, totaling 29 steals (16th in CW) and pulling down 5.5 rebounds per game from the point guard position.
 
Browne, a native of Toronto, will continue studies in the Faculty of Arts this year.




8916
2018-19 CW regular season record: 8-12, 12th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to Regina
Head coach: Marc Dobell (16th year) / 58-86 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 80.0 PPG, 9th
  • Defence: 87.8 PPG, 14th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.7 – Glen Yang, G
  • Assists per game: 2.7 – Glen Yang, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.5 – LG Hegwood, F
  • Blocks per game: 2.4 – Patrick Vandervelden, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Holt Tomie / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Bishop O’Byrne High School
  • Nate Petrone / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Bishop O’Byrne High School
  • Jaskaran Singh / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Lester B Pearson High School
  • Dylan Lutes / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Central Memorial High School
  • Mawien Mawien / F / 1 / Chestermere, AB / St. Mary’s High School
  • Lincoln Anderson / G / 3 / Cardston, AB / Cardston High School  
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Glen Yang / G / Calgary, AB / 5
  • LJ Hegwood / F / Calgary, AB / 2 
Key performer:
  • Nick Tancon
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • Comox, BC 
Cougars Nick Tancon will be relied on heavily this year as a leader on and off the court. This fourth year will bring stability to the MRU bigs and be a presences in the paint.
 
With his role in the post, he will build on his 4.4 rebounds and 6.8 points per game from last year. Tancon will bring a physical presence and look to propel the Cougars into their second playoff appearance in a row.v




8932
2018-19 CW regular season record: 9-11, 11th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to UFV
Head coach: Todd Jordan (10th season) / 79-101 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 79.8 PPG, 10th
  • Defence: 81.4 PPG, 10th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 18.1 – Jovan Leamy, F
  • Assists per game: 3.2 – James Agyeman, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.6 – Vagellis Loukas, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 – Jovan Leamy, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Fareed Shittu / F / 1 / Edmonton. AB / Harry Ainlay
  • Dylon Matthews / G / 1 / North Vancouver, BC / Seycove
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Jovan Leamy / F / Toronto, ON / 2
  • James Agyeman / G / Toronto, ON / 4
  • Vaggelis Loukas / F / Athens, Greece / 5
Key performer:
  • Vova Pluzhnikov
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Kharkiv, Ukraine
With the loss of four starters to graduation from the 2018-2019 squad, Pluzhnikov will provide a veteran presence to a young TWolves team. A swiss army knife, the Ukrainian guard will be a focal point on offense, but also leaned upon to distribute the ball. An elite slasher, expect Pluzhnikov to play a major role for UNBC in 2019-2020.




8976
2018-19 CW regular season record: 14-6, 4th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost CW QF to Saskatchewan
Head coach: Steve Burrows (7th season) / 58-64 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 86.7 PPG, 5th
  • Defence: 80.3 PPG, 8th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 13.7 – Myles Hamilton, G
  • Assists per game: 3.4 – Benjamin Hillis, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.1 – Samuel Hillis, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.6 – Carter Millar, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Hayden Collier / F / Rangiora, New Zealand / Laramie County CC
  • Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo / F / Liverpool, England / Reading Rockets
  • Josiah Thomas / G / 4 / Edmonton, Alta. / Arkansas Tech University
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Myles Hamilton / G / Berea, Ohio / 1
  • Kameron Vales / G / Stockton, Calif. / 1 
Key performer:
  • Carter Millar
  • Forward
  • 3rd-year
  • Regina, Sask.
After a breakout season last year which saw him average 11.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game after missing the 2017-18 campaign due to injury, Carter Millar has picked up right where he left off. He was deadly from three-point range during the team’s nine non-conference games, hitting 43.2% from beyond the arc to help him average a team-leading 15.7 points per contest. Millar is one of six graduates of the LeBoldus program in Regina that are expected to play major roles for the Cougars this season.




8917
2018-19 CW regular season record: 11-9, 8th
2018-19 post-season record: 2-2, lost to Calgary in CW semifinal
Head Coach: Barry Rawlyk (10th season) 125-63 (Career CW regular season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2010 / 1
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2010 / 1

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 86.3 PPG, 6th
  • Defence: 86.8 PPG, 12th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 19.8 – Lawrence Moore, G
  • Assists per game: 4.3 – Lawrence Moore, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.8 – Joseph Barker, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 – Maxwell Amoafo, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Nikita Akophjanov/ F / 1 / Montrèal, Que. / Lloydminster Barons
  • Ryker Wuttke / F / 1 / Mukilteo, Wash. / Kamiak Knights
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Lawrence Moore / Guard / Chicago, Ill. / 3 
  • Joseph Barker / Forward / Saskatoon, Sask. / 5
Key performer:
  • Emmanuel Akintunde
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Saskatoon, Sask.
A local product, Akintunde is a leader both on and off the court for the Huskies men’s basketball program. In his third season with the program, Akintunde averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, in what was a breakout season for the St. Joseph High School graduate. Akintunde is a versatile defender who finished tenth in the Canada West with 34 steals last season and will once again be counted upon to anchor Saskatchewan defensively.




8930
2018-19 CW regular season record: 6-14, 14th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Scott Clark (10th year), 82-104 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence:  74.8 PPG, 14th
  • Defence: 81.3 PPG, 9th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: # Derek Rhodes 14.3 points per game
  • Assists per game: # - Enrico Nuno 3.8 assists per game
  • Rebounds per game: # Joe Davis/Enrico Nuno each 6.3 per game
  • Blocks per game: # -Micheal Rouault/Enrico Nuno/Anton Bilous each 0.5 per game 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Rojhae Colbert (6’7”, guard/forward, Phoenix, AZ -Pinnacle/Hillcrest Academy/St. Martins (NCAA Div II), Samuel Jean (6’3”,guard, Kamloops, BC-South Kamloops Secondary), Elan Kimpton-Cuellar (6’5” forward, Roberts Creek, BC-Elphinstone Secondary), Simon Crossman (6’5”, small forward, Vancouver, BC-Sir Charles Tupper Secondary), Asher Mayan (6’4”, guard, Langley, BC-Langley Christian School), Frederico Martins (6’1”, guard,  Lisbon, Portugal-Salesignos do Evoril-Escola/Portugal U-20 national team-Estoril Basket Clube) 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  •  Derek Rhodes (forward, Antioch, CA,3 years)
Key performer:  
  • Micheal Rouault
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Vernon, BC
The four time U SPORTS Academic All Canadian has improved his performance on and off the court each of his four previous years. Rouault had a number of double-doubles last season.  Rouault also coordinates the team’s community activities.




8919
2018-19 CW regular season record: 0-20, 17th  
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Trevor Pridie (1st)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 73.2 PPG, 15th
  • Defence: 96.3 PPG, 17th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 17.6 – Vartan Tanielian, G
  • Assists per game: 5.0 – Josiah Meppelink, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.8 – Borja Soriano, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Jack Nadelhoffer, W and Borja Soriano, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath / G / 4 / Amarillo, TX / Lubbock Christian
  • Gabe Mannes / G / 2 / Chilliwack, BC / Briercrest
  • Adam Gehrig / F / 3 / Brisbane, AUS / Clackamas
  • Riley Braich / G / 3 / Abbotsford, BC / UFV 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Vartan Tanielian / G / Byblos, Lebanon / 5
  • Josiah Allison / G / Abbotsford, BC / 5
  • Josiah Meppelink / G / Lynden, WA / 3 
Key performer:
  • Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Amarillo, TX 
Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath transfers to TWU this year as a key part of coach Trevor Pridie’s rebuild of the Spartans men’s basketball team. Amongst a group of 10 new players brought into the TWU roster, Gilbreath has shown in preseason he’ll be a player to watch in Canada West, with his dynamic ability as an offensive star. Transferring from Lubbock Christian, Gilbreath averaged 7.21 points per game over his three years at the NCAA Div. II school. In the Spartans final preseason game against Mount Royal, the high-flying Gilbreath led TWU with 25 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.




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2018-19 CW regular season record: 10-10, 10th
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to Lethbridge
Head coach: Craig Beaucamp (17th season)/ 236-118 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015 (16)
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1997 (8)

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 78.9 PPG, 12th
  • Defence: 77.0, 5th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • PPG: 16.6 – Jordan Charles, G
  • APG: 4.6 – Mason Loewen, G
  • RPG: 7.5, Hayden Lejeune, F
  • BPG: 0.7, Jesse Barnes, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Diego Maffia / G / 1 / Victoria, BC / Vikes Nation
  • Dominick Oliveri / F / 3 / Spokane, WA / Whatcom Community College
  • Matthew Ellis / F / 4 / Calgary, AB / University of Calgary
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Jake Newman / F / White Rock, BC / 5
  • Jordan Charles / G / Duncan, BC / 3
  • Mason Loewen / G / Victoria, BC / 2
Key performer:
  • Scott Kellum
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Issaquah, WA
The fourth-year guard has taken over as the primary point guard and will lead the team as the captain.
Kellum is a threat from any point on the floor, as he can hit from outside, drive it inside and distribute the ball to get open looks for his teammates.

In his previous three seasons with the Vikes, he has consistently produced 13 points per game and 2.5 assists per game. That consistency, along with his leadership on and off the floor was a major factor in handing him the captaincy this season.




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2018-19 CW regular season record: 13-7, sixth place
2018-19 CW post-season record: 1-0, lost CW QF to Calgary 
Head coach: Mike Raimbault (10th) / 95-93 (Career CW reg. season record) 
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 91.8 PPG, 3rd
  • Defence: 84.8 PPG, 11th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 18.8 – Narcisse Ambanza, G
  • Assists per game: 6.2 – Narcisse Ambanza, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.8 – Sean Tarver, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.0 – Spas Nikolov, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Donte Makazu / F / 4 / North Delta, B.C. / Lincoln University
  • Dwight Dixon / G / 2 / Toronto, Ont. / Winnipeg Wesmen (’17-18)
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Sean Tarver / F / Baltimore, Md. / 3
Key performer:
  • Narcisse Ambanza
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Toronto, Ont. 
The engine of the team is undoubtedly the man who has been an all-star all three years in Winnipeg. Ambanza leads the team offensively with a do-it-all skillset that makes him one of the craftiest and most talented guards in the conference.