St. Thomas Adds Another Player for ACAA Entrant

Daemen Hemphill has landed with the St. Thomas University Tommies. (STU Athletics Photo)

 Another new face will join the St. Thomas University Tommies.

 Former provincial high school and Basketball New Brunswick veteran Daemen Hemphill of Grand Falls will wear the green and gold with the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association program in 2019-20.

 Hemphill spent last season at Acadia University, but did not play for the Axemen at the Atlantic University Sport level.

 He re-connects with St. Thomas head coach John Hickey. Hickey was an assistant coach with the BNB Canada Summer Games team where Hemphill played.

 A six-foot-four forward, Hemphill is a Grand Falls native, who starred at John Caldwell School before completing his interscholastic career with the Leo Hayes High Lions of Fredericton.

 ‘I was really interested in economics and becoming a leader in business and St. Thomas has been a pathway for many alumni’ Hemphill said to St. Thomas athletics. ‘I know what to expect to work under coach Hickey having played and coached alongside him.  I was approached to help with team cohesion, increasing the level of competitiveness and bringing positivity through any challenging situations.’ Hemphill was a member of the under-15 BNB team that captured a bronze medal at Canada Basketball championships in 2015.

 The Tommies finished 7-14 last season and out of the ACAA playoffs.

ACAA Regular Season Campaigns Set to Open Nov. 2

 There’s plenty on the plates of Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association teams right now.

 Player recruiting, lining up exhibition games and tournaments and all that goes with preparation for 2019-20.

 It all leads to a November regular season opening weekend for the ACAA and you can be sure teams are ready to get at it.

 The ACAA will open its doors Saturday, Nov. 2, with three men’s and three women’s games.

 On Sunday, Nov. 3, there will be two games in each conference.

 Crandall University Chargers of Moncton will open on the road, visiting the Port City to play University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves. Sackville’s Mount Allison University Mounties’ men’s and women’s teams visit Fredericton to tangle with the St. Thomas University Tommies and Charlottetown’s Holland College Hurricanes are in Halifax to meet the Mount St. Vincent University Mystics.

 The second day of action sees the Chargers opening their home season against University of King’s College Blue Devils and Mount Allison showcases it teams to the home side with UNBSJ coming to town.

 The ACAA will break after Dec. 1 games and resume play after the exam and Christmas break on Jan. 8.

 The regular season will conclude March 1.

  Playoffs will decide championship teams to attend Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Final 8 tournaments.

 Holland College enters 2019-20 as reigning ACAA men’s champions. Mount St. Vincent is reigning women’s champion.

Tommies Continue to Boost Roster With NB Transfer

Ian Watters will play for St. Thomas at the ACCAA level. (STU Athletics Photo)

 The St. Thomas University Tommies are rebuilding.

 But head coach John Hickey is planning to ensure there are some veteran carpenters driving the nails into the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association men’s conference program.

 Experience arrives at the Fredericton campus in the form of former University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves’ guard Ian Watters.

 Watters, who helped the Miramichi Valley High Pulamoo to a memorable New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association boys’ AAA Final 12 title in 2016-17, spent two seasons with the Seawolves.

 The six-foot-one Watters has a high compete level, appearing in 16 games last season for the Seawolves. He logged 24.3 minutes per game and averaged 8.6 points an outing, dishing 22 assists along the way.

 Hickey is certainly familiar with Watters throughout his interscholastic and Basketball New Brunswick career.

 ‘Ian is going to bring big game experience to our group,’ Hickey told St. Thomas athletics. ‘He's played in some high-pressure games and made big shots when asked. He will bring composure, consistency and a work ethic that is second to none on and off the court.’

 The Tommies are also anticipating another recruit this week out of New Brunswick.

 For Watters, the winds of change brought him up Highway 7.

 ‘I was looking for a change and St. Thomas is the right fit for me to pursue my academics as well as continuing my basketball career,’ he said. ‘I will look to add hard work ethic and commitment to the program that coach Hickey expects from his student-athletes with the goal of contributing to a successful team.’

 The Tommies will kick off the pre-season with the Ken Gould tournament Oct. 18 to 20 at the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium.

 St. Thomas opens the ACAA regular season at home against the Mount Allison University Mounties of Sackville on Nov. 2.

Schedule Released for UNB Women's Exhibition Event

The schedule is set for the University of New Brunswick Reds and their Helen Campbell women’s USPORTS pre-season tournament Oct. 4 to 6.

 UNB will welcome reigning Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec champion Universite de Laval Rouge et Or of Quebec City, University of Winnipeg Wesmen from Canada West Universities Athletic Association and Atlantic University Sport rival Dalhousie University Tigers of Halifax.

All games will be played at the Richard J. Currie Center.

UNB will face Laval in the Oct. 4 opener at 6 p.m. followed by Winnipeg and the Tigers at 8 p.m.

 On Oct. 5, the Reds and Wesmen tangle at 6 p.m. and Dalhousie faces Rouge et Or before the Oct. 6 game pitting Laval and Winnipeg at 11 a.m. and UNB and the Tigers locking horns at 1 p.m.

 UNB finished 12-8 last season. Laval was 15-1 and lost 70-58 in the USPORTS final to McMaster University Marauders of Hamilton. Both Winnipeg and the Tigers finished 8-12.

 UNB teams open the AUS season on the road, visiting Newfoundland to play Memorial University Seahawks on Nov. 2 and 3.

 The Reds unveil their 2019-20 squads to the hometown fans on Nov. 8-9, welcoming Acadia University Axemen and Axewomen to the Capital.

There will not be a men’s tournament this fall.

 The AUS season actually kicks off Nov. 1 when Saint Mary’s University Huskies visit Charlottetown for men’s and women’s action against the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers.

 The first semester schedule caps Nov. 24 and the second half push begins Jan. 2 with the regular season culminating Feb. 22.

 Dalhousie University Tigers are the reigning AUS champions on the men’s side. Acadia enters as back-to-back women’s champions.

  One of the best basketball atmosphere and tradition you can find is the AUS championships, set once again for Scotiabank Centre in Halifax from Feb. 28 to March 1.

 The champions will move on to respective USPORTS Final 8 title tournaments March 5 to 8.

 In a unique twist, the national championships will be hosted concurrently by Carleton University Ravens and the University of Ottawa in the Nation’s Capital. The venues will ne the Ravens’ Nest at Carleton and TD Place.

 This season, there is a plethora of New Brunswick athletes playing across the USPORTS landscape.

 NB Hoops Report will continue to track provincial athletes once the season begins.

Chargers Add to ACAA Women's Stable With Recruits

Crandall University Chargers have reached out two a pair of neighbouring provinces to bring in their latest Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association player to Moncton.

 Charlottetown’s Alexa Rancourt and Courtney Ebbett of Yarmouth, NS,m will join the Bolts for the 2019-20 season.

 Rancourt played with the Grace Christian School Knights where she was part of two Prince Edward Island senior AA championship titles with the private school.

 The five-foot-10 combo guard/forward was also a provincial all-star and PEI MVP with the Knights.

 Head coach Jillian Smith likes Rancourt’s defensive prowess and that is something the Chargers will be working on in preparation for this season.

 Crandall finished 4-17 last season and gave up the second most points in the conference, yielding 1,473 in the 21 games.

 Rancourt will study sociology.

 Ebbett played for Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High Vikings.

 She is a five-foot-five guard, who Smith is bringing in to showcase a defensive mindset and on-court hustle.

 Ebbett is enrolled in the university’s English program.

Seawolves Gain Player

 University of New Brunswick at Saint John Seawolves received a commitment from Austin Brun to play for Peter Vincent and the ACAA squad this season.

 UNBSJ finished 10-11 and fourth place last year.