Not that it was a great accomplishment, but I found something even harder to find than media coverage of Canadian basketball events. I cant’ find any information on 2008-2008 rosters for AUS teams this season. HoopLife has a list of recruits for the upcoming CIS season but its dated July 4, 2008.
The team web sites I visited are all showing last year’s rosters, which is a start, but that doesn’t tell what under class men are planning on returning, which seniors plan to play a 5th year, or what recruits actually showed up.
My understanding is UNB held open tryouts the first week of classes and the roster was to be announced (to the players at least) on Monday September 8. Likewise for Memorial. I haven’t heard if the other schools are doing holding open tryouts or not.
During the summer I heard that new UNB coach Brent Baker feels only three returning players are guaranteed a spot on this year’s roster and that the remaining spots were open. Not sure what that means for second year guard Adam Creaghan (KVHS ’07) but I suspect Mike Anderson (HVHS ’05) is one of those three. The good news, however, it sounds like Brent Kingston (KVHS ’08) has a great chance to compete for a spot.
The only other area player that will be suiting up at the CIS this season will be Simon Marr (St. Macs ’08) who is headed to Saint Mary’s. Unfortunately, Simon’s former teamamte, Andrew Spurrell (St. Macs ’07) has choosen to not to return this season.
One of the most frustrating things of being a basketball fan living in Canada, especially here in southern New Brunswick, is the lack of coverage the sport receives from the Canadian media. For example, this past Labour Day weekend, the Carleton Raven played an exhibition game against defending NCAA Champions Kansas Jayhawks. From what I can tell, highlights of the game were shown on TSN and most newspapers in Ontario had a print article, but the only option to watch the game was to attend the game in person. No tape delayed broadcasts and no Internet feeds. I also struck out trying to find a Canadian site that had game stats. The Ravens web site…no. The CIS web site….no. Canadian blogs such as CIS Hoops or Posting Up with Chad Lucas…no sir.
All I really wanted was to see now many minutes Elliott Thompson played and what his stat line was. Turns out the complete play-by-play coverage of the game is available on the Jayhawks web site (go figure) so I got what I was looking for but frustrating regardless. The travelling team was not only able to record comprehensive stats for the game, post them within minutes of the game being completed, but they also has their own play-by-play radio team there broadcasting the game live for Kansas fans.
Brent Kingston has confirmed he will be attending UNB Fredericton and hopes to suit up for the Varsity Reds this fall. Brent and several other recruits will be in Fredericton this weekend to workout for newly appointed UNB coach Brent Baker.
During a brief conversation with Mr. Kingston he indicated some of the recruits are from Ontario and Nova Scotia, plus he thought that NBIAA All Star guard Jacob Taylor may attend as well. If this is true it sounds like coach Baker is already in full recruit mode. I hope this translates into some excitement for the UNB program that has had a couple of tough years.