The outstanding success of our National feeder teams coached by McGill’s Dave DeAveiro and Ryerson’s Roy Rana have helped produce significant momentum for Canada Basketball on the global front. While much of the Canadian basketball community is focused on the Senior Men’s team and the OQT in Manila, Philippines in July, the younger groups are also poised to continue to elevate Canada’s standing as a global basketball power. Earlier we provided a quick first-look at Canada’s U-17 campaign in Spain under DeAveiro – recall our guys were within 5 minutes of upsetting the U.S.A. at the FIBA Americas gold medal game in Argentina – both teams had already qualified for this summer’s FIBA World championship. While the core of Canada’s team from last season returns led by 6’6″ R.J. Barrett and 6’3″ Andrew Nembhard among others, expect at least two new faces to arrive to camp who project to add quality to Canada’s depth. 6’3″ combo guard Luguentz Dort, originally from Montreal and the Brookwood Elite program, has moved to Arlington Country Day high school in Jacksonville, FLA and is quickly appearing on the radar for many high-end D1 schools – Rick Pitino and Louisville recently offered this rising high school junior. Presently Dort is battling a meniscus problem that all hope will be cleaned up in time for camp with U-17’s in early June. As well, 6’6″ hybrid 3/4 Emmanuel Akot, originally from Winnipeg, now at Wasatch Academy in Utah, will be available to the U-17’s. Akot already has offers from Oregon, Utah and Virginia Tech and is another up-and-coming talent as a wing forward. Dort and Akot are very likely to allow the coaching staff to swell the size of their rotation – Canada went about 7 deep last summer and eventually wore down against the full court pressure of the American side. With a much longer tournament in Spain, more depth is critical and Canada seems to be addressing this important element as the talent pool across the country at the youngest ages continues to expand… The Cape Breton coaching situation is likely to become clearer shortly. We originally had reported that an up-and-coming existing CIS Head Coach had turned down the position. Sources close to Cape Breton have since advised us that no offers have been made to anyone and that a “decision will be coming soon”. According to this source, the applicant pool was quite large and at present there is a short list of 5-6 names under consideration, all with varying stages of university or college experience. Expect an announcement soon for what should be an appealing position in my opinion… McGill added a third player to their 2016 recruiting class as tough 6’2″ combo guard Gregoire Trahan from Cégep de l’Outaouais in Gatineau, Quebec joins the Redmen after being mentored by Griffins Coach Osvaldo Jeanty, the former five-time CIS National champion at Carleton. Jeanty as we announced earlier has since moved on to Dave Smart‘s staff at Carleton as an Assistant Coach.. Earlier this week, MacEwan University was granted full membership in Canada West becoming the 17th full member of Canada West. MacEwan has been a probationary member since 2013 and has competed in Canada West over the last two seasons. The Griffins become the sixth institution to join Canada West in the last decade. Now full Canada West members, the Griffins are eligible to become full members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). MacEwan’s full admittance into CIS will be voted on in June at the CIS AGM in Toronto.