One of the more challenging rebuilds of 2016-17 is at Western where Head Coach Brad Campbell and program must replace three graduating cogs, encompassing more than 100 minutes per game played this past season including one of the better players in the history of the Mustangs program in 6’3″ Greg Morrow. With very little top-end, upperclassman talent ready to step in, Campbell will have to rely on a string of top recruiting classes to ensure Western remains competitive going forward. The Mustangs took a positive step to that end when 5’10” Tyler Thomson from Niagara Falls A.N. Myer committed to the program. For long-time OUA/CIAU fans, the Thomson name should be very familiar – the two-time Niagara Falls Player-of-the-Year is the son of former Mustangs forward (mid-to-late 80’s) Terry Thomson. Father Terry, an OUA All-Star in 1987-88, was an undersized, but tough-as-nails post presence on some of those great Western teams from that era that included four-time All-Canadian John Stiefelmeyer, another native of the Falls. Thomson, continuing a long line of great players from legendary A.N. Myer that began with Jay Triano, is expected to step right in and take over at the point, joining a returning back court that includes 6’2″ Jedson Tavernier (3rd Year) and 6’1″ Alex Coote (3rd Year). Mustangs do have one senior leader set to return in 6’5″ Tony Spiridis, who will assume completely the senior leadership role after Morrow, 6’5″ Peter Scholtes and 6’3″ Tom Filigiano graduated. Campbell has also announced the signing of two other freshmen: 6’7″ Daniil Shesterinin from Milton Bishop Reding and 6’2″ Dominic Clayton, who just finished his final season at Surrey B.C. Southridge High, winning the Telus B.C. senior boys Triple A championship game when he had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Mustangs are looking to augment last season’s class that included 6’5″ Ian Smart and 6’0″ Nikola Farkic, both of who played minor roles for the ‘Stangs this past season.