Sask and CBU announce newest 2 U.S. import recruits

While generally always competitive in Canada West throughout the past 15-20 seasons, the Saskatchewan Huskies program arguably took on national prominence, culminating in a CIS National championship in 2010, when Huskies upgraded their back court to include a series of U.S. imports, usually at the lead guard spot.  Indeed, the likes of Stephon Lamar (2012-14), Jamelle Barrett (2010-12) and Showron Glover (08-10) were instrumental in guiding those great Huskie teams that culminated in the program’s first-ever National championship in Ottawa.  The past couple of seasons without a sterling point guard have witnessed a steady decline in the Huskies production, culminating the shocking playoff miss this past season.  While they did earn a spot at the CIS Nationals in 2015, the Huskies were embarrassed that season by eventual-champion Carleton Ravens in the first round – in two prior CIS Final 8 match-ups with the Ravens produced a Huskies win and then a classic semi-final game in Halifax – one of the best CIS games in recent memory – that Ravens outlasted Sask – and last season’s disappointing playoff miss for the first time in recent memory.  Not co-incidentally, the past two seasons, the Huskies have not have – with all due respect to U.S. import Mike Scott – that star-quality, go-to guard to make most big decisions.  Apparently the coaching staff has taken notice and with their most recent recruiting announcement, Saskatchewan looks to rekindle their dynamic back courts of prior years, again dipping into U.S. colleges with their latest apparent-gem in 6’1″ Jalen White, who spent his first two post-secondary seasons at South Carolina State, NCAA Division 1 program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) before sitting out last season.  As a freshman in 2013-14, White averaged 7.2 ppg and 22 mpg for a 9-21 Bulldog team – White was 1 for 15 from downtown as a freshman.  His PT dropped as a sophomore in ’14-’15 as he averaged 5.7 ppg/18 mpg including 10-25 3’s for an 11-22 team that finished 7-9 in the MEAC.  White is a native of Chicago who spent his final season of high school at Kennedy Charter H.S. in Charlotte, NC.   White’s first three seasons in high school were at Butler H.S. in Chicago before transferring to Kennedy, where he averaged 14 points and seven assists a contest at one point. Coming out of Charlotte, White was also garnering interest from Division 1 program The Citadel, Appalachian State, the College of Charleston and Charlotte before settling on South Carolina State.  White is expected to carry on the tradition of top-end CIS guard imports in Saskatoon that Lamar, Barrett and Glover put in place… While the program has yet to officially announce a Head Coach to replace Matt Skinn who resigned to be closer to family in Calgary, Cape Breton Capers have received a commitment from an intriguing prospect, 6’3″ Seth McCoy, who spent his post secondary year at Hargraves Military Academy in Chatham, VA after a stellar high school career in Columbus, GA where he started at Canal Winchester H.S. before transferring to Northland High and then back to Canal for his senior season.  McCoy is touted as a long-range shooter and is likely to be a strong house-warming gift for whoever takes over the regins in Sydney for the Capers…  For those in the GTA this coming weekend, consider attending Canada Basketball’s NCCP Super Clinic which features former Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Dave Blatt and newly-minted Phoenix Suns Assistant Jay Triano among the key speakers.  CIS men’s coaches Dave DeAveiro (McGill) and Roy Rana (Ryerson) are also participating… Waterloo’s Justin Gunter got a commitment from what sources indicate is a very good perimeter shooter in 6’2″ Jesse Figueiredo from Nantyr Shores S.S. in Innisfil, ON just outside Barrie.  Figueiredo is a top end, high character student and figures to have a solid career as a combo guard as part of Gunter’s rebuilding of the program at Waterloo.



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