MBB: 2018-19 season preview

MBB: 2018-19 season preview

Canada West Communications

EDMONTON – Today is the day, as the 2018-19 Canada West men's basketball season officially opens.

Over the next few days, the journey to the CW playoffs begins, as 17 conference teams will by vying for a conference banner, and a chance to represent CW at the U SPORTS Final 8 come March in Halifax.

The defending conference and U SPORTS champion Calgary Dinos are the favourites heading into the new campaign, according to the annual preseason coaches poll. While the Dinos are poised to have another strong season, their road to a repeat won't be easy, as CW boasts several contenders, who are primed for playoff runs.

You can watch the entire CW men's basketball season on Canada West TV – the official streaming home of the conference. You can purchase a pass by clicking here.

To get you set for the season, here's a look at every conference team.

Click here for the complete 2018-19 regular season schedule.


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 3rd 

2017-18 CW regular season record: 19-1, 1st

2017-18 CW post-season record: 4-1, CW Silver (7th @ U SPORTS Championship)

Head coach: Barnaby Craddock (7th season) / 91-33 (Career CW reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2017 / 12

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2002 / 3

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 85.3 PPG, 4th
  • Defence: 66.7 PPG, 1st 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 15.0 – Austin Waddoups, G
  • Assists per game: 3.9 – Austin Waddoups, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.3 – Brody Clarke, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.6 - Brody Clarke, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):  

  • Geoffrey James / G / 1 / Edmonton, AB / St. FX High School
  • Tyus Jefferson / G / 4 / Riverton, Utah / Treasure Valley Community College
  • Adam Paige / G / 1 / Surrey, BC / Semiahmoo High School
  • Hugo Cluysen / F / 1 / Soissons, France / Espoirs Dijon

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Austin Waddoups / G / Highland, Utah / 2
  • Mamadou Gueye / F / Quebec, City, QC / 5
  • Lyndon Annetts / G / Edmonton, AB / 5
  • Geoff Pippus / G / Vancouver, BC / 3
  • Sam Newman / G / Ipswich, England / 2

Key performer:

  • Brody Clarke
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • Toronto, ON

Starting the season with one of their youngest teams under head coach Barnaby Craddock, the Golden Bears will rely on perennial all-star Brody Clarke even more this season. Alberta's roster features eight first-year Bears, and no fifth-year student-athletes. They do, however, have one of the best forwards in Canada in Clarke, who has been an all-rookie and twice been a CW all-star. 

Clarke averaged 14.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game last season, with those numbers already rising early in the non-conference season.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 12th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 9-11, 12th

2017-18 post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to Manitoba

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2002 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1996 / 4 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 83.9 PPG, 5th
  • Defence: 84.7 PPG, 13th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 20.2 – Tyvon Cooper, G
  • Assists per game: 4.8 - Tyvon Cooper, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.2 – Jonathon Range, G
  • Blocks per game: 1.6 – John Paul, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):  

  • Braden Cancade / G / 1 / Brandon, MB / Vincent Massey
  • Aaron Fernandes / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Bishop McNally High School
  • Omot Ojulu / G / 1/ Calgary, AB / Father Lacombe High School
  • Kevone Philip / G / 1 / Montreal, QC / Ecole Saint Henri

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Mikee Dosado / G / Pierrefonds, QC / 3
  • John Paul / F / Bexon, St. Lucia / 2
  • Jonathan Range / G / Harlem, NY / 1 

Key performer:

  • Tyvon Cooper
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Middletown, NY

After arriving in Brandon to little fanfare two seasons ago, it didn't take long for Tyvon Cooper to turn heads. After leading the Bobcats in scoring the past two seasons, Cooper provided a credible threat on the point to either score or set-up a play as he quarterbacked the offense. In doing so, Cooper led the Bobcats back to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Bobcats fell to the University of Manitoba Bisons that came down to the wire with a final score of 82-76. For his efforts, Cooper was named a Canada West all-star for the second time in his two years as a Bobcat, and he'll look to continue that trend this season. Cooper has been back to his old ways in five pre-season contests for the Bobcats this year as he's continued to lead the offence in both points and assists per game.

 

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 2nd

2017-18 CW regular season record: 17-3, 2nd

2017-18 CW post-season record: 2-2, lost CW semifinal to Calgary

Head coach: Kevin Hanson (24th season) / 287-88 (Career CW reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2012-13 / 9

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1971-72 / 2

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 94.2 PPG, 1st
  • Defence: 74.0 PPG, 3rd 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 23.9 – Conor Morgan, F
  • Assists per game: 4.0 – Mason Bourcier, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.7 – Conor Morgan, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.5 – Conor Morgan, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team): 

  • Jadon Cohee / G / 4th / Langley, BC / Southern Utah University
  • Manroop Clair / G / 4th / Surrey, BC / Seattle University
  • Jack Cruz-Dumont / G / 1st / Vancouver, BC / Vancouver College
  • Jonah Morrison / F / 1st / Toufen, Taiwan / Taiwan Under-18 national team
  • Lincoln Rosebush / G / 1st / Guelph, ON / Lincoln Prep

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Conor Morgan / F / Victoria, BC / 5
  • Luka Zaharijevic / F / Vancouver, BC / 5
  • Phil Jalalpoor / G / Schifferstadt, Germany / 3

Key performer:

  • Grant Shephard
  • Forward
  • 2nd-year
  • Kelowna, BC

The second-year player from Kelowna, BC, had an outstanding debut at the university level, winning Canada West Rookie of the Year honours last season after contributing to UBC's 17-3 regular season showing. 

Look for the 6-foot-10 forward to have an even bigger impact for the Thunderbirds as he takes on a starting role with UBC after another summer of success on the international stage.

Already owner of an historic gold medal from the FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup in 2017, Shephard helped Canada's Commonwealth Games squad win silver in April in Gold Coast, Australia. 

It was Canada's first medal in basketball at the Commonwealth Games, and the squad was named Team of the Year (Summer Sport Performance) at the 41st Canada Sport Awards (CSA) in Ottawa in September.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 17th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 2-18, 17th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Ken Olynk (1st season) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 60.5 PPG, 17th
  • Defence: 79.3PPG, 7th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 15.9 - Aldrich Berrios, G
  • Assists per game: 2.8 - Aldrich Berrios, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.3 - Kyrin Cybenko, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 - three players tied 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Hafith Moallin / G / 1 / Mississauga, ON / GTA Prep
  • Tyler Jardine / G / 1 / Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Christian
  • Jarrett Larsen / G / 1 / Kamloops, BC / Sa-Hali Secondary
  • David Okoroafor / G / 3 / Toronto, ON / Canadore College
  • Navdeep Bajwa / G / 1 / Calgary , AB / Lester B. Peareson High
  • Garrett Riley / F / 1 / Whistler, BC / Whistler Secondary 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program): 

  • Spencer Thomas / G / Pickering, ON / 3
  • Cameron Servatius / G / Chilliwack , BC / 3
  • Ben Kornelsen / F / Armstrong, BC / 1
  • Kyrin Cybneko / F / Saskatoon, SK / 1 

Key performer:

  • Aldrich Berrios
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Burnaby, BC

Berrios has been a hallmark for the Heat since his rookie season back in 2014-15. The sharp-shooter has averaged at least 12 points a game in all four of his previous seasons with the Heat, including 15.9 last season. One of the most potent long-range shooters in the conference, Berrios has averaged better then 40% from behind-the-arc in each of the past two seasons. A nation wide best of 883 minutes played at 36.8 minutes a game last season, the young Heat team are looking to the iron man Berrios, to lead the team once again, in his fifth and final season.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 1st

2017-18 CW regular season record: 16-4, 3rd 

2017-18 CW post-season record: 5-0, Canada West Champions, U SPORTS Champions

Head coach: Dan Vanhooren (19th season) / 221-155 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2018 / 6

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2018 / 1 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 87.3 PPG, 3rd
  • Defence: 72.7 PPG, 2nd

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 22.0 – Mambi Diawara, G
  • Assists per game: 4.2 – David Kapinga, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.0 – Mambi Diawara, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 – Connor Foreman, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Jackson Bayles / G / 1 / Brockville, Ont. / Brockville Collegiate
  • Tobi Adelodun / G / 2 / Calgary, Alta. / York University
  • Brett Layton / F / 3 / Calgary, Alta. / Mount Royal University
  • Carter Kuchinka / F / 1 / Estevan, Sask. / Notre Dame, SK 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Jhony Verrone / G / Montreal, Que. / 5
  • Connor Foreman / F / Camrose, Alta. / 5 

Key performer:

  • Mambi Diawara
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Montreal, Que.

Diawara is in his final year of eligibility and has been a focal point on both ends of the floor. Leading the team in both points per game and rebounds per game look for Diawara build off his success. He also hit the game winning lay up to win the Dinos their first national championship last season.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 13th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 5-15, 14th in Canada West

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Adam Friesen (7th season) / 72-52 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 74.7 PPG, 16th
  • Defence: 85.8 PPG, 15th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 13.8 – Mark Johnson, F
  • Assists per game: 4.4 - Vick Toor, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.7 - Mark Johnson, F
  • Blocks per game: 2.1 - Sukhman Sandhu, F 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Sukhjot Bains / G / 4 / Surrey, B.C. / Wisconsin-Green Bay 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • None 

Key performer:

  • Mark Johnson
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Palm Springs, Calif.

Johnson is coming off a stellar 2017-18 campaign which saw him lead the Cascades in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg), while posting the second-best three-point shooting percentage in Canada West (45.6). He also makes an impact at the defensive end with his ability to defend multiple positions.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll4th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 12-8, 5th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 2-2, Lost 2-0 CW semifinal to Alberta

Head coach: Mike Hansen (6th season) / 59-39 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 1986 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 89.8 PPG, 2nd
  • Defence: 86.8 PPG, 16th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 19.3 – Dejon Burdeaux, G
  • Assists per game: 4.4 – Kyle Peterson, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.2- Zac Overwater, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.7 – Zac Overwater, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Mike Pierzchala / Forward / 4 / Lethbridge, AB/ Winston Churchill
  • Eric Pierce / Forward/ 3 year/ Oceanside, CA/ Fresno City College
  • Zachary Coleman-Bock/ Forward/ 1 / Blackburn, Australia/ Nunawading Spectres
  • Marko Vekic/ Forward/ 1 / Geelong, Australia/ Geelong Supercats

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Dejon Burdeaux / G / Oakland, California / 3 

Key performer:

  • Zac Overwater
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Didsbury, AB 

A Third team Canada West All-star last year, Zac Overwater is the Pronghorns' leading returning scorer and rebounder. He broke the school record for points in a game with 49 points in a win over UBC last year. Overwater is poised to take another jump this coming season and be one of the best players in Canada West.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 15th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 5-15, 15th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Eric Magdanz (7th season) / 29-51 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 76.0 PPG, 15th
  • Defence: 85.2 PPG, 14th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 13.6 – Ali Raza, W
  • Assists per game: 5.8 – Adonis Monfort-Palomino, PG
  • Rebounds per game: 6.7 – Ali Raza, W
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 – Ali Raza, W

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Abiel Tabufor / W / 1 / Grande Prairie, AB / Grande Prairie Composite
  • Alex Jap / F / 1 / Sherwood Park, AB / Bev Facey
  • Jesse Trussler / G / 1 / Regina, SK / Campbell Collegiate
  • Griffin Lorenz / G / 1 / Camrose, AB / Camrose Composite 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Ali Raza / W / Calgary, AB / 2
  • Adonis Monfort-Palomino / PG / Calgary, AB / 2
  • Ryan Coleman / F / Edmonton, AB / 4
  • Lincoln Anderson / W / Cardston, AB / 1 

Key performer:

  • Jake Notice
  • Wing
  • 3rd-year
  • Bath, UK 

The former member of the Bristol Flyers in the British Basketball League has seen increased minutes every season since coming to MacEwan in 2016.

Now in his third year, the 6-foot-3 Notice has been ripping it up in the preseason for the Griffins, most notably netting 30 points in a non-conference game against Nipissing at a tournament in Saskatoon last weekend.

He figures to have a prominent role in 2018-19 for a team that lost its leading scorer from a season ago when Ali Raza didn't return.

With all the elements that top scorers have – speed, agility, range and touch – Notice has the potential to fill the bucket on a regular basis for the Griffins this season.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 7th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 12-8, 4th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost to UBC in CW quarter-final

Head coach: Kirby Schepp (10th season) / 93-117 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1976 / 1

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 80.5 PPG, 9th
  • Defence: 74.7 PPG, 4th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 24.1 PPG – Justus Alleyn, G 
  • Assists per game: 6.8 APG – Rashawn Browne, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.6 RPG – James Wagner, F 
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 BPG – James Wagner, F 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • DJ Jordan Jr. / Guard / 5 / Wichita Falls, Texas / Brandon Bobcats
  • Malik Irwin / Forward / 5 / Toronto, ON / U of M Bisons (Injured in 2017-18)
  • Andre Arruda / Forward / 3 / Winnipeg, MB / Garden City Gophers

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Justus Alleyn / Guard / Montreal, QC / 5
  • Joey Nitychoruk / Forward / Winnipeg, MB / 5 

Key performer:

  • James Wagner
  • Forward
  • 3rd-year
  • Winnipeg, MB

With basketball leaning towards a sport that favours the two-way forward, third-year James Wagner will be a critical piece for Manitoba during the 2018-19 season. 

Last season, Wagner was pivotal for Manitoba's fourth-ranked defence, which gave up just 74.7 PPG. Wagner led Manitoba in blocks per game with 1.1 (6th in Canada West) and snagged 7.6 rebounds per game (11th in Canada West). 

On offence, Wagner has been nothing but efficient in his time in brown and gold. He shot 48.9 per cent from the field in 2017-18, and the 6'7" forward stretched his game to the three-point line as well, making 41.5 per cent of his 41 shots from behind the arc — a clip that ranked eighth of all players in the conference. All said and done, in 16 games Wagner averaged 18.6 points per game. 

A student in the Faculty of Science, Wagner joined the Bisons from John Taylor Collegiate in Winnipeg, his hometown.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 14th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 8-12, 13th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Marc Dobell (15th Season) / 50-74 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 79.5 PPG, 10th
  • Defence: 80.5 PPG, 8th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 20.4 - Josh Ross, F
  • Assists per game: 4.3 - Josh Ross, F
  • Rebounds per game: 9.1 - Josh Ross, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 - LJ Hegwood, G 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Patrick Vandervelden / F / 4 / Abbotsford, BC / Trinity Western University
  • Samuel Willis III / G / 4 / Minneapolis, MN / Olds College
  • Pelumi Ajayi / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Sir Winston Churchill HS
  • Moreau Amadou / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Sir Winston Churchill HS 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Josh Ross / F / Burlington, IA / 2 
  • Ryan Cunningham / F/ Calgary, AB / 3 
  • Noah Lewis / G / Comox, BC / 6 

Key performer:

  • Glen Yang
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Calgary, AB / Hong Kong, CHN

Glen Yang will be relied upon heavily by his team this season in more ways than one. As the captain he will take up a major leadership role and will need to be a calming influence for the younger players and new players. Additionally, with the departure of Josh Ross and Noah Lewis, Yang and fellow fifth year LJ Hegwood will look to be the main point getters this season for MRU.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 10th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 10-10, 10th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 1-1, lost to Alberta in CW quarter-final

Head coach: Todd Jordan (7th) / 41-83 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 80.7 PPG, 8th
  • Defence: 83.7 PPG, 12th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 15.1 – Jovan Leamy, G
  • Assists per game: 3.3 – James Agyeman, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.3 – Vaggelis Loukas, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Vaggelis Loukas, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Spencer Ledoux / F / 1 / Kamloops, BC / Westsyde Secondary
  • Chris Ross / G / 1 / North Vancouver, BC / Seycove Secondary
  • Austin Chandler / F / 5 / Wenatchee, WA / UNBC (2016)

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Marcus MacKay / G / Terrace, BC / 5
  • Daniel Stark / F / Prince George, BC / 5
  • Adam Pahl / F / Okotoks, AB / 1

Key performer:

  • Jovan Leamy
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Toronto, Ontario 

Leamy led the Timberwolves in scoring last season, despite starting only four games and playing just 22 minutes per game. His 27.3 points per 40 minutes was good for third in the entire conference, and the Toronto native has the length and athleticism to make a mark at both ends of the floor. The TWolves have four fifth-year players on the roster this season, and Leamy has the opportunity to play a huge role in the UNBC gameplan.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 8th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 11-9, 6th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost to Lethbridge in CW quarter-finals

Head coach: Steve Burrows (6th season) / 44-58 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 82.7 PPG, 6th
  • Defence: 83.3 PPG, 11th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 13.7 – Brian Ofori, F
  • Assists per game: 2.8 – Brian Ofori, F
  • Rebounds per game: 7.0 – Brian Ofori, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.6 – Brian Ofori, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Greishe Clerjuste / G / 4 / Montreal, Que. / Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Myles Hamilton / G / 4 / Berea, Ohio / Cleveland State University
  • Kameron Vales / G / 3 / Stockton, Calif. / San Jose City College

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Brandon Tull / G / Ajax, Ont. / 5
  • Brian Ofori / F / Montreal, Que. / 4
  • Alex Igual / G / Barcelona, Spain / 4
  • Shawn Lathan / G / San Diego, Calif. / 1

Key performer:

  • Samuel Hillis
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Regina, Sask. 

Samuel Hillis has played mostly a sixth-man role over the last couple of seasons with the Cougars, but with four starters from last year's team gone the fourth-year guard could very well break into the starting lineup. Hillis was lights out in non-conference play, shooting just a shade under 45% from three-point range and leading the team with an average of 14.1 points per game. He's also tied for the team lead in rebounding, pulling down an average of seven boards per game in the team's seven games against U SPORTS opposition this year.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 5th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 10-10, 9th

2017-18 post-season record: 1-2, lost to Calgary in CW quarter-final

Head Coach: Barry Rawlyk (9th season) 134-69 (Career CW regular season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2010 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2010 / 1

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 78.2 PPG, 11th
  • Defence: 77.7 PPG, 6th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 24 – Lawrence Moore, G
  • Assists per game: 4.8 – Lawrence Moore, G
  • Rebounds per game: 10.4 – Joseph Barker, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.7 – Lawrence Moore, G

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Alexander Dewar / G / 1 / Saskatoon, SK / Marion Graham Collegiate
  • Noah Nickel / G / 1 / Abbotsford, B.C. / Saint Anthony High School

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Alex Unruh / Guard / Saskatoon, SK / 5 

Key performer:

  • Lawrence Moore
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Chicago, Ill.

2017-18 Canada West Second Team All-Star Lawrence Moore appears poised to lead the Huskies in what will be his final year with the program. 

The guard from Chicago, Ill., who finished second in the conference with 24 points per game last season, is an athletic slasher with the ball that can also shoot from long-range as evidenced by the 57 three-pointers he knocked down in 2017-18.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 9th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 11-9, 7th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to Regina in play-in game

Head coach: Scott Clark (9th season) / 76-90 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 77.8 PPG, 12th 
  • Defence: 77.0 PPG, 5th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 15.3 - Joe Davis, F
  • Assists per game: 2.1 - Anton Bilous, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.1 - Mike Rouault, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.7 - Luke Morris, F 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Enrico Nuno /F / 4 / Half Moon Bay, CA / Eastern Washington University

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Luke Morris / F / Mission, BC / 4

Key performer:

Derek Rhodes

Guard

5th-year

Antioch, California

This is his third year with the program. He has evolved from a bench player to a starter who can shoot and score but also defend and has become a leader both on and off the court.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 16th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 3-17, 16th  

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Aaron Muhic (4th season) / 7-53 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 76.3 PPG, 14th
  • Defence: 92.2 PPG, 17th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 17.0 – Pogos Trunyan, G
  • Assists per game: 3.7 – Josiah Meppelink , G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.3 – Max Viitala, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 – Tee Maberry, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Borja Soriano / F / 3 / Valencia, Spain / Barstow College
  • Jack Nadelhoffer / F / 4 / Tigard, Ore. / Jesuit

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Pogos Trunyan / G / Sacramento, Calif. / 3
  • Peter Spangehl / F / Surrey, B.C. / 5

Key performer:

  • Vartan Tanielian
  • Wing
  • 5th-year
  • Surrey, B.C.

The fifth-year Tanielian will be the Spartans go-to offensive weapon throughout much of the 2018-19 season. Last year, he was second only to the now graduated Pogos Trunyan in team scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. He was also third on the team in both rebounds, collecting 4.7 per game, and steals, with 0.8 per game. Tanielian can also shoot from beyond the arc, averaging 2.3 three-pointers last season, while hitting 38.3 per cent of his long-range offerings. He'll be a key contributor throughout the season and the Spartans will need Tanielian to continue to take steps forward if they are to improve upon last year's three-win season.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 6th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 10-10, 11th

2017-18 post-season record: 0-1, lost to Saskatchewan in Canada West play-in game

Head coach: Craig Beaucamp (16th Season) / 206-100 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015 / 16

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1997 / 8  

2017-18 CW regular season ranks: 

  • Offence: 81.3 PPG, 7th
  • Defence: 80.8 PPG, 9th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders: 

  • Points per game: 13.7 – Mason Loewen, G
  • Assists per game: 4.2 – Mason Loewen,
  • Rebounds per game: 6.5 – Mason Loewen, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.4 – Mason Loewen, G, Hayden Lejeune, F

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Aaron Tesfagiorgis / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Notre Dame High School
  • Jesse Barnes / F / 3 / Haida Gwaii, BC / Otero College

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • None 

Key performer:

Jordan Charles

Guard

5th-year

Duncan, BC

Jordan Charles returns to the Vikes men's basketball team as one of four fifth-year players. After missing his third year due to injury, Charles returned last season to average 11.9 points per game, 29.6 minutes played per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and he started all 20 games of the season. A captain of the team and leader both on and off the court, Charles has already proven to be an integral part of the 2018-19 roster. Charles was a Top 2 leading scorer in 5-of-7 pre-season games including scoring 22, 23, 22 and 19 points in games against Saskatchewan, Ryerson, Laval and Carleton, respectively.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 11th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 10-10, 8th place

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to UNBC in play-in game

Head coach: Mike Raimbault (9th season) / 102-88 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 77.3 PPG, 13th
  • Defence: 81.3 PPG, 10th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 15.7 – Narcisse Ambanza, G
  • Assists per game: 3.8 - Denzel Lynch-Blair, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.3 – Sean Tarver, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.9 – Billy Yaworsky, F 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

  • Adam Benrabah / F / 4 / Surrey, B.C. / Algoma University
  • Joseph Medrano / G / 2 / Winnipeg, MB / University of Manitoba
  • Obaida Ishak / F / 1 / Ottawa, ON / University of New Brunswick 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

  • Denzel Lynch-Blair / G / Toronto / 4
  • Nate Johnson / F / Toronto / 3
  • D.J. Dixon / G / Toronto / 1

Key performer:

  • Narcisse Ambanza
  • Guard
  • 3rd-year
  • Toronto

A former all-conference rookie and a third-team all-star last year, Ambanza sets the tone for the Wesmen as a combo guard who can fill it up and make life easier for his teammates.