Entering his second season at the helm of the Citadins, UQAM Head Coach Nate Philippe is rapidly turning the roster around with players he has brought in, adding 10 new players for this season including 6’7″ Chris Doumpa (Concordia transfer), 6’0″ Misi Boye (freshman from Montmorency who led the Citadins today with 14 points), 6’5″ Alex King-Lacroix who was a high-volume scorer in CEGEP last season, 6’4″ Christopher Adu (Montmorency), 6’9″ Stefan Mitrovic (Ste. Foy), 6’7″ Heman Toussaint (Cathedral High School, Los Angeles, CA.), 6’0″ Alexandre Compress (Montmorency) and 6’4″ Christian Kadima (REDA). Philippe already has reigning RSEQ POY Kewyn Blain, 6’2″ Greishe Clerjuste, 6’11” Yassin Debache and 6’0″ shooting guard Charles Miller returning among others.
Today against Wichita State, Doumpa started and Boye, King-Lacroix, Adu, Compress and Kadima all got time but the young Citadins ran into a superior defensive team that grabbed a big early 20+ point lead and coasted to the win. Philippe commented that “these NCAA games are a great opportunity to get these guys game experience, learn our systems and build chemistry with our team”.
Citadins were playing undersized today without 6’7″ Toussaint and 6’9″ Mitrovic this afternoon but ran into the #1 defensive team in the NCAA last season behind Coach Gregg Marshall. “They might be the best defensive team I have coached against and there is no doubt that their pressure on the perimeter, on the ball and on ball screens bothered us and led to many of the turnovers.” Still Philippe lamented that “many (turnovers) were unforced and we did not do a good job of taking care of the ball”. Philippe was full of admiration and respect for Shockers coach Marshall: “his program is the type that I aspire to build and it was an honor to coach against him”.
The Citadins are in action next on Monday night when UQAM hosts Arkansas Pine-Bluff.