Moncton's l’École L’Odyssée Seeks Varsity Boys' Coach

 There’s a head coaching position available for a New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association entrant.

 Moncton’s l’École L’Odyssée Olympien is seeking a head coach for its varsity boys’ program for the 2019-20 campaign.

 l’École L’Odyssée competes in the NorthEast Conference.

 You can contact Neal.Couture@nbed.nb.ca for further information on the position.

 If you’re aware of other coaching vacancies across the province at the interscholastic level, don’t hesitate to let us know.

 The basketball season will begin in November leading towards February’s Final 12 championships in Saint John.

Hurricanes Come Calling to Bring Black Kat to Island

 Holland College Hurricanes continue to cast their basketball net into New Brunswick in hopes of maintaining an Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association dynasty.

 The Hurricanes received a commitment from graduating Fredericton High Black Kats’ star, Keighan Hamilton.

 The six-foot-three Hamilton was just announced as athlete of the year at the Capital school.

 Holland College has won seven consecutive ACAA titles.

 Hamilton told Mason Murray, the communication coordinator assistant at the Charlottetown school, the hardwood success and tradition was a major draw.

 ‘I chose Holland College over other schools because of the quality of the basketball program that they offer,’ he told Murray. ‘The opportunity to play with high-calibre players will help me improve as an all-around athlete.’

 Memramcook’s Marc Hofer was a rookie with the powerful Hurricanes this past season. Holland College is also bringing in Woodstock’s Lucas Tompkins to make it a provincial troika.

 ‘We’re excited to have Keighan join our program next season,’ said ‘Canes’ head coach Josh Whitty. ‘Keighan has a great feel for the game and has been well coached at Fredericton High.  He’s a versatile player who shoots it well and can contribute in multiple ways.’

 Hamilton is the owner of strong outside range and doesn’t mind mixing it up in the paint.

  ‘As a player I am able to space the floor well and shooting is one of my strengths,’ he said. ‘I rebound the ball well and I continue to improve on my defence and attacking the rim. I’m a high-IQ player and pride myself on being able to read defences and make the right play. I can bring a high energy and a positive attitude to the team. I know a few guys coming next year and a few guys on the team now and I’m excited to be their teammates and get to work.’

 Holland College opens its regular season Nov. 2 when it visits Halifax to play Mount St. Vincent University Mystics.

 The Hurricanes play their first home game Nov. 9 when they welcome University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves.

Former Lion Sticks Close to Home, Joining AUS Reds

Former Leo Hayes' player Rees Hasson will remain in the Capital City.

The University of New Brunswick Reds stayed local for their latest Atlantic University Sport recruit.

 Former Leo Hayes High Lions’ sharpshooter Rees Hasson signed a USPORTS letter of intent to join the Reds in 2019-20.

The six-foot-one Hasson averaged 24 points, 5.2 assists and six rebounds per game during his senior season.

Reds’ head coach Brent Baker feels Hasson has a high ceiling for developing into a productive member of the team.

‘Rees has a high commitment level to his development as a player and we feel he’s only scratching the surface, in terms of his true potential as a U SPORTS student-athlete,’ said Baker. ‘His work ethic and tenacity are attributes that we value highly at UNB.’

Hasson, who fielded interest from a number of other programs, is happy to be trading his Lions white and blue for UNB’s red and white.

‘I’m extremely excited to be staying home and playing for the team I’ve watched since I was a little kid,’ he said. ‘Already being around some of the guys, I know the team atmosphere is awesome.’

In joining the Reds, Hasson says he’s come full circle.

He remembers part of his introduction to basketball was when he attended camps at UNB.

Hasson will study Business Administration while attending UNB.

 - Files from UNB Athletics

Dominos Start to Fall as Thunder Star Inks With 'Canes

 Winning is a way of life for the Holland College Hurricanes.

 New Brunswick’s Lucas Tompkins wants to be a part of that.

 The seven-time reigning Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association champion Hurricanes announced Tompkins has committed to the program.

 The standout with the Woodstock High Thunder is a shooting guard, who will study Sport and Leisure Management at the Charlottetown campus.

 Tompkins was the WHS athlete of the year from 2016-2019 and under-17, under-16 and under-15 with Basketball New Brunswick entrants. He was the top three-point shooter at last summer’s Canada Basketball under-17 tournament.

 “A strong work ethic is something I will bring to the team next season, as well as my basketball IQ, playmaking and the ability to shoot the ball well.”

 Holland College head coach Josh Whitty is thrilled to bring Tompkins into the fold.

 ‘Lucas brings a variety of skills to our lineup and will be counted on to contribute right away,’ Whitty told Holland College department of athletics and recreation’s communication coordinator assistant, Mason Murray. ‘He’s a top-notch shooter, has a tireless work ethic and has a good sense of the game.’

 The Hurricanes, who went 21-0 last season and attended the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Final 8, now have two New Brunswick players on their roster.

 Moncton’s Marc Hofer finished his rookie season with Holland College.

 - With files from Holland College Athletics

Former Highlander Makes Jump to ACAA With UKC

 The New Brunswick population in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association has swelled again.

 Moncton’s Alex Dool is the latest provincial athlete off the board to play post-secondary basketball.

 A stalwart wit the Bernice MacNaughton High Highlanders, Dool will play with the University of King’s College Blue Devils of Halifax next season.

 Dool won a New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association Final 12 title last winter with the Highlanders.

 The Blue Devils are bringing in a plethora of new faces to try and right the ship.

 University of King’s College finished 5-16 and last in the ACAA, dropping five straight contests to end the season to miss the post-season.

 Dool joins a program that has the second lowest offence and gave up the second most points, but with the announcements of new blood joining the program, the Blue Devils want to get back into the thick of things.

 University of King’s College joins Fredericton’s St. Thomas University Tommies, Mount Allison University Mounties of Sackville, Moncton’s Crandall University Chargers, University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves, Mount St. Vincent University Mystics of Halifax and seven-time defending champion Holland College Hurricanes of Charlottetown.

ACAA Chargers Bring Energy Player Into Crandall Fold

Soueleye Drisdelle was ushered in as the newest recruit for Moncton's Crandall University Chargers. (CU Athletics Photo)

 His interscholastic coach called him a ‘fierce competitor.’

 Music to the ears of his new university coach.

 Moncton’s Crandall University head coach Jonathan Spirritts announced his newest addition to the Chargers’ lineup, recruiting former Moncton High Purple Knights’ forward, Souleye Drisdelle.

  The six-foot-five forward will join the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association entrant for the 2019-20 season.

 ‘Souleye will bring a lot of athleticism to our line up,’ said Spirritts. ‘He’s an energy guy that I’m going to rely on to get us going in practices. He’s a real spark plug.’

 Energy is a word Purple Knights’ head coach Neil Smith used when talking about what Drisdelle brings to the Chargers.

 ‘He is a fierce competitor who hates to lose a drill in practice, let alone lose a game,’ said Smith. ‘Souleye expanded his game by including three-point range which he’s going to need at the next level. His size isn’t going to allow him to make a living in the paint, but he went out and improved his all- around game. His work ethic is an example to younger players.’

Drisdelle will play at the forward spot this season under Spirritts.

 ‘He is incredibly versatile with huge potential,’ said Spirritts.  ‘I honestly think we got the best big man in the Greater Moncton area and I think other programs may have slept on him.’

Studying business, with a keen interest in stocks, real estate and entrepreneurial ventures, Drisdelle is ready to wear blue and gold.

 ‘My goals are to win championships and to get that diploma,’ he said. ‘I’m going to bring a lot of heart, energy, and my 100 per cent when I’m on the floor. I’m ready to start my career.’

Ambitious Project Awaits Moncton Coach, 506 Prep

New Brunswick will have a team in the National Junior Circuit in 2019-20 called 506 Prep based out of Moncton. (Logo Screenshot)

 And now for something completely different.

 For New Brunswick anyway.

 Moncton’s Nate Horsman is the creator of 506 Prep a new team in the National Junior Circuit that is preparing for its second year of operation in the fall.

 The league is designed to provide opportunities for high level junior boys to compete against the best from across the country.

 There were 22 teams involved last season.

 506 Prep’s nearest rival would be a Halifax-based program.

 ‘The plan is to put the program together and in September hold open tryouts for players in Grade 9 and 10,’ said Horsman, an assistant coach with both Basketball New Brunswick’s under-15 boys’ program and an assistant with reigning provincial AAA champion Bernice MacNaughton High Highlanders of Moncton. ‘It’s not a program that is going to interfere with BNB teams and players and it won’t interfere with high school programs.’

 506 Prep will play in three tournaments including a pair in Ontario and one in Halifax. The events will be late November, late December and later in February.

 All teams get four games per session.

 Games are full FIBA standards including four, 10-minute quarters.

 ‘It’s an opportunity for our younger high school players to get a look where maybe they wouldn’t outside of playing for a BNB team in the summer,’ said Horsman. ‘A few of our players at the varsity AAA level are getting looks, but this is a chance for some earlier exposure.’

 Horsman said there’s a two-year window to see if it works and that includes rustling up sponsors and creating a sustainable budget.

 ‘It’s a two-year commitment and it came together pretty quickly from joining the league stand point,’ he said. ‘The NJC gave us two years because not all the players will be based in the same high school. We will be able to find out if it works and can it be picked up.’

 It’s not unusual in New Brunswick when it comes to the prep program.

 Rothesay Netherwood School Riverhawks play in the varsity National Preparatory Association that follows a similar format of selected tournaments leading to a national championship.

 ‘It was going to happen in some format with someone and it just worked out 506 Prep will have the first chance at trying this,’ Horsman said. ‘It is going to be an interesting project and I look forward to putting the pieces together and finding the players. It’s going to be a great chance to see how much interest is generated.’

 For further information on 506 Prep, contact Horsman at nate_horsman@yahoo.com

ACAA's Mount St. Vincent Reels in Senior Red Hawk

Rothesay's Ken Daley has committed to Mount St. Vincent University. (Photo Submitted)

 The Mount St. Vincent University Mystics went fishing in Rothesay.

 They came away with a solid catch.

 The Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association Mystics reeled in Ken Daley of the Rothesay High Red Hawks, bringing a veteran of interscholastic and Basketball New Brunswick programs to the Halifax entrant.

 Daley will join two other players from the province with the Mystics.

 Brody Blakney of Riverview is entering his fourth season with Mount St. Vincent. Tyrese Paul of Fredericton will enter his third season.

 The Mystics finished second in the ACAA at 15-6, but fell in playoff semifinals to Mount Allison University Mounties.

 Mount St. Vincent head coach Ian MacRae said Daley will provide versatility to a habitually strong program.

 ‘We believe Ken’s skillset and size is perfect for the way we play,’ said MacRae. ‘Versatility is important to us. We believe he will be able to play multiple positions in the ACAA.’

 Daley played at the Canada Basketball under-17 championship last summer in British Columbia and went through BNB’s Provincial Team Program under-16 two years ago.

 He brings size and scoring ability with him after leading the Red Hawks, who made the move to the AAA level in 2018-19 after winning the provincial AA crown the year before.

 There are four New Brunswick teams in the ACAA including Mount Allison, University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves, Crandall University Chargers of Moncton and Fredericton’s St. Thomas University Tommies.

 The Mystics join Nova Scotia rivals University of King’s College Blue Devils of Halifax, Truro’s Dalhousie Agricultural College Rams and Charlottetown’s Holland College Hurricanes, who enter 2019-20 as the reigning ACAA champions.

Seawolves Bring in Viking

 University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves have a commitment from a local product.

 Jack Fury-Miller of Harbour View High Vikings will suit up for the ACAA squad this season.

NB Stalwart Anxious to Join AUS Powerhouse Tigers

Moncton's Sam Maillet was the first NB player to commit to a post-secondary school when he inked with Dalhousie last fall. (Jason Bowie Photo)

 Some wait, some don’t.

 Sam Maillet fits in the latter description.

 Maillet committed to the Dalhousie University Tigers last fall and then went out and had a season to remember in the New Brunswick high school ranks.

 He now concentrates on the remaining few months at Bernice MacNaughton High School and then prepares to join the reigning Atlantic University Sport Tigers in the fall.

 Dalhousie will play this weekend at the U SPORTS nationals in Halifax after earning its fourth AUS title in five years.

 Maillet brings a winning pedigree to Halifax, a major component in Bernice MacNaughton winning its first-ever Final 12 title last month.

 Considered to be one of the top interscholastic players in Atlantic Canada, Maillet is a multi-dimensional player that Dalhousie head coach Rick Plato expects to have an immediate impact.

 “I liken Sam’s style of play to that of (present day Tigers) Alex Carson and Keevan Veinot, both of who are also excellent student-athletes and are committed to winning,’ said Plato. ‘Sam will be a great addition to the program and will be counted on to be a key building block for the next five years.”

 Maillet had an impressive showing at the Canada Basketball under-17  boys’ nationals in Kamloops, B.C. last summer with Basketball New Brunswick.

 He finished the tournament second in assists and rebounds and fourth in blocks.

The six-foot-five guard is an honour student while playing basketball with the Highlanders.

“I'm extremely excited about coming to Dal and playing for the Tigers,” says Maillet. “Coach Plato is a legendary coach, and I think that playing for him and will make me a very successful U SPORT athlete. Dal has had tons of success in men's basketball over the past few years, and I'm just really looking forward to contributing to the team's future success.”