Coming off one of the more encouraging seasons of his coaching career at Laurentian, Coach Shawn Swords and the Voyageurs are getting an early start to their season as the program heads to Costa Rica in early August for 4 games against NCAA Division 1 teams. The group is assembling in Sudbury with informal runs and will ramp up preparations for the Costa Rica trip with a mini camp in late July, early August before departing for the beautiful Central America island on August 3rd.
The Voyageurs, who return the entire core of their rotation from last season that finished 11-15 overall and 9-10 in OUA league play – winning their first-round OUA playoff game at home 88-72 before bowing 93-81 at uOttawa in an OUA quarter-final playoff game – have tried to address their need for some size and bulk inside with the arrival of 6’10” Vitaly Goroshko (Vaughan ’12) who was born in Russia but grew up in Canada and brings size and strength – he has not played for several years since high school and it will likely take some time to re-adjust but his size is imposing.
Swords looks to add to his perimeter shooting prowess with the arrival of 6’3″ Curtis Gordon (Guelph J.F. Ross), a Guelph all-star this past season while likely immediate impact talent arrives with 6’3″ Haroun Mohamed, a transfer from Seneca where scoring wing averaged 11.6 points in 20 minutes per game for the Sting this past season. Mohamed has the skills to break defenders down off the dribble and is a proven scorer at the post-secondary level.
Laurentian returns 6’1″ Kadre Gray, Canada’s Freshman-of-the-Year this past season as well as senior talent in 6’0″ David Aromolaran, 6’5″ Nelson Yengue and 6’4″ O.J. Watson among a strong group of developing talent for a program that is definitely on the upswing.
Laurentian’s Costa Rica Schedule
Saturday, August 5th vs. Montana
Tuesday, August 8th vs. Western Kentucky
Thursday, August 10th vs. Western Kentucky
Sunday, August 12th vs. Kent State