Guelph, Carleton, Ottawa add key pieces

After a long recruiting cycle that started at least three years ago Guelph Gryphons finally landed what should be a key piece on the wing for the next four seasons as 6’3″ Malcolm Glanville has joined coach Chris O’Rourke‘s program. Glanville, originally from Scarborough Senator O’Connor, averaged 8.8 ppg in 13 starts as a freshman for Oklahoma Panhandle State Aggies, an NCAA Division 2 school, in 2016-17. Glanville is in school and with the program at Guelph and will become a full time student in the second semester. He is described as a tough hard nosed defender who can score in many ways… One of the worst kept secrets of the past few weeks has officially become official as 6’1″ Munis Tutu and 6’0″ Troy Reid-Knight have joined the Carleton Ravens giving Dave Smart’s backcourt another positive jolt. Tutu, once touted as the #4 overall graduating senior in Canada, played two seasons at Loyola Marymount including last season when he averaged 2.6 ppg in one start as a sophomore.  Originally from Windsor Forester, Tutu spent his final two prep seasons at La Lumiere School in Indiana, where he graduated Cum Laude Honor Roll, before moving to LMU.  Tutu, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining, also played on Canadas U18 FIBA Americas team in 2015 and projects as an instant impact guard in Carleton’s rotation.  Reid-Knight is a graduate of Vaughan S.S. and spent three seasons with Maine Black Bears (America East NCAA D1) – he averaged 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 5 starts in his junior season – before sitting 2016-17, the victim of knee and ankle injuries.  An adept perimeter shooter, Reid-Knight is a tough competitor who hopes the worst of his injuries are behind him.   Ravens now have at least three former NCAA Division 1 guards in their rotation adding even more depth to an already impressive roster...  Three members of the McGill Redmen represented Canada at the recent FISU 3×3 world championships in China. Despite not having a substitute with 6’2″ Dele Ogundokun out with mononucleosis (the tournament format precluded Canada from adding a substitute player), the trio of 6’1″ Jenning Leung, 6’8″ Noah Daoust and 6’7″ Sebastian Beckett garnered a bronze medal after a 19-18 loss to Serbia in the semi finals.  McGill went 3-0 in the preliminary round before winning their quarter-final game, setting up the Serbia match.  Canada recovered to knock off Chile 22-13 to capture Bronze .. The front end of the McMaster Marauder rotation had another setback as 6’2″ Chris Thompson has decided not to play this season. The rising third year guard out of Cambridge who finished his prep career at Kitchener St. John’s Kilmarnock, had somewhat of an injury plagued first two seasons but when healthy showed on multiple occasions the skill set and compete level to work into the top end of McMaster’s rotation…  Ottawa Gee-Gees secured a late recruit who had some NCAA Division 1 interest as 6’4″ Stefan Duric coming off a decorated high school career at Burlington Nelson plus one summer in Canada’s junior national team program committed to coach James Derouin in early September.  Duric, who signed with NCAA D1 Buffalo midway through the 2015-16 season as a 2016-17 recruit but never saw action with the Bulls, is eligible immediately and should eventually give Ottawa another strong perimeter threat.  Duric, who also played a prep season (2015-16) at SPIRE Academy in Ohio, did not play last season.. Second-year Head Coach Justin Serresse continues his transformation of Laurier Golden Hawks, announcing 8 new recruits to the program for this season, highlighted by at least two potentially high-end additions in 6’8″ Ben Stevens (Halifax, NS) and 6’1″ Ali Sow, a proven scorer at the high-end club level, who Serresse coached previously in Ottawa.  6’5″ Kemel Archer, a transfer from North Bay’s Canadore College should help on the wing.  The Brampton native averaged 10.2 ppg last season for the Panthers, garnering Most Improved Player status.  Athletic 6’6″ Jack Demaree (Tillsonburg, ON) is a legacy Golden Hawk, following in the footsteps of his father while 6’3″ Goran Veselinovic should provide depth at wing.  6’10” Jordan Kenning should develop as most U-Sports bigs do, initially protecting the rim with the potential to be a force down low.  Two more late recruits round out Serresse’s first complete recruiting class:  6’1″ Vincent Carriere (London/Southwest Academy) and 6’7″ Adnan Begovic (Mississauga St. Francis Xavier)…  Finally, best wishes to long-time U-Sports/CIS/CIAU supporter and Ottawa Citizen basketball writer Wayne Kondro who underwent a successful procedure a few weeks ago and is by all accounts is recovering well.  Wayne is a loyal University/High School sports supporter with a long track record of authoring stories that have kept fans informed for decades.  We look forward to having Wayne back and writing again very soon.


One thought on “Guelph, Carleton, Ottawa add key pieces

  1. Junkie… You obviously meant to write “Troy Reid-Knight”, not “Troy Reid-Vaighan” , and “Munis Tutu” not “Minus Tutu” in tonight’s posting confirming the Ravens’ latest NCAA repatriation signings.

    David Whitfield


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