New Panthers Head Coach Darrell Glenn has had a very busy summer transitioning himself and his family to their new home in Charlottetown while getting a stronger sense of how his 2017-18 UPEI Panthers roster will take shape. Sifting through the potential players returning from last season’s roster that disappointingly did not qualify for the AUS tournament, Glenn is somewhat clearer on who will be in Charlottetown when training camp opens sometime after September 1st as per AUS regulations with verbal confirmations on those players who will return and who will not return.
Despite the loss to graduation of five fifth-year seniors encompassing about 60% of the minutes, Glenn will have some solid returning veterans including 6’7″ athletic wing Milorad Sedlarevic (4th/11.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 6’0″ guard Samy Mohamed (5th/7.1 ppg), 5’10” Amin Suleman (3rd), 6’7″ Hugh McLarty (3rd) and 6’9″ Stefan Vujisic (5th). Two potentially key faces that will not return are 5’11” Shavon Gayle, who plans to return home to Ontario with either St. Clair College or Humber as possible destinations and 6’1″ Burlington native Kyle Rotterman.
Glenn has already announced two of his own recruits including 6’1″ Moshe Wadley and, more recently, 6’7″ Nicholas Duncan, who is somewhat of an unknown, having only started playing basketball three seasons ago but who made tremendous strides improving his game this past season under David Cooper at GTA Prep in Mississauga. Duncan started his career at Streetsville H.S. before moving on to the prep scene and, while he is not expected to have immediate impact, the staff is encouraged that the long, high-work-ethic forward will contribute before too long.
Recall also that prior to Glenn being named Head Coach, the Panthers announced that 6’6″ Vernelle Johnson (Halifax Grammar), 6’4″ Bryce Corless (New Brunswick) and a pair of Prince Edward Island natives: 6’0″ Matt Connolly and 6’3″ Adam Ryan had committed to UPEI. Another former committ, 6’2″ Brett Curtis, has decided to attend Mount Allison in the ACAA. Also on board is an intriguing prospect from Australia, 6’5″ perimeter shooter Marcus Cusinato.
Glenn and Assistant Coach Rami Arabi who was on staff with Glenn at Seneca College, will have to wait until early September to witness their group together in an organized setting in preparation for their first season in the improving AUS conference.