Golden Hawks reload for post-Campbell era


Not only did the Laurier Golden Hawks lose to retirement one of the most successful and popular coaches of our era in Peter Campbell but new coach Justin Serresse must replace the 3rd all-time leading scorer in the program’s history in 6’1″ Will Coulthard.  Hawks also lost versatile veteran 6’3″ Garrison Thomas to graduation so there are plenty of top-end-of-the-rotation minutes available which Serresse and Associate Head Coach Jamie Campbell appear to have filled with a solid set of newcomers led by who the staff feels will be an instant rotation guy in 6’2″ Shamar Burrows, a member of the Bahamas national team who studied at Ridley College in St. Catharines.  Burrows already has a university body and the athletic lefty slasher has the explosiveness to finish strong in and around the rim.  Expect Burrows to effectively play off 6’3″ emerging sophomore guard Simon Mikre to become one of the more promising back court tandems in the OUA.  More back court help will arrive in 6’0″ Matt Minutillo, a tough combo guard from Brantford North Park who can fill in at the point or slide over to the wing as needed.  Minutillo adds an element of toughness and strength given his strong background as a multi-sport athlete including football and rugby.  With 6’8″ Matt Chesson solidly entrenched as the starting 5, the staff added a promising potential stretch 4 in 6’5″ Niroshan Surenderan from Thornlea S.S. where he played for one of the better young coaches in the high school ranks in Shane James.  The burly Surenderan has a wide frame and with work could become an effective post-up guy with his ability to pass out of the post.  Another potential combo forward who comes to Laurier from Vancouver is 6’6″ Nick Brody, presently long and slender.  Still just 17 years old, Brody will need to fill into his body and could be counted on for minutes as his career progresses.  The Golden Hawks remain in the running for at least one more back court player and combined with their 8 returnees, the program has been left by coach Campbell in a very solid state.

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