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SCHEDULES RELEASED: Fury Jr Husky Alliance Club Tournament Set for Grade 9-10 Boys & 7-8 Girls on April 30 to May 3

SCHEDULES RELEASED: Details have been set for the Fury Jr. Husky Alliance Club Basketball Tournament which will take place Thursday, April 30th to Sunday, May 3rd of 2015. The cost to enter the tournament will be $225 per team.   Additional details include...

Cash Blanca, Braydon Ayotte & Daniel Dekleva to Suit up for Providence College in 2015-15

Colten Gryba, the men’s basketball coach, needs to replace the offensive and rebounding contributions that left Otterburne in cap and gown, and to do it he’s turned his attention to Winnipeg and a trio of high school stars: Braydon Ayotte, Cash Blanca and Daniel Dekleva.

“These are my first recruits from Winnipeg,” says Gryba, who has overseen the Pilots since 2013.

Last year’s squad included players from Australia, Alaska, Florida, Virginia and rural Manitoba, and while there will still be international flavour in the ranks for the 2015-16 campaign the Winnipeggers are likely to be front and centre when the season tips off in October.

Dekleva, for one, earned “honourable mention” in the Winnipeg Sun’s top-10 ranking of high school basketball players for 2014-15 and was voted Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Vincent Massey Tournament. A small forward out of Dakota Collegiate, he averaged 23 points per game and 13 rebounds during his Grade 12 year.

“He had a couple 20-rebound games,” says Gryba, who watched Dekleva put up 38 points against Steinbach. “We’re losing a good chunk of our scoring, and he replaces that. He’ll help in rebounding, too.”

As will Ayotte.

The 6’6” power forward, also from Dakota, claimed eight boards per game for the Lancers, to go along with 12 points.  “Both Ayotte and Dekleva averaged a high number of rebounds in high school, so hopefully that can translate to helping us,” says Gryba.

Blanca, meanwhile, will fill what Gryba insists is a “desperate need” for a back-up point guard.  “We didn’t have one last year,” he explains, adding that players often had to function out of position. “Blanca is a steady, steady point guard and might even play with Romeo KC, our starter.”

KC and Thomas Janzen will be co-captains going forward, and overall Gryba expects to have five returning players.

The recruiting process is still underway, but Gryba hopes this Saturday’s identification camp will give him a better idea of what he’s working with. He’ll run two or three drills, after which the players will, as he says, “just play.”  He adds: “It gives me a chance to watch the kids and see how they do in different situations.”

The upcoming season will likely end in late February or early March, but Gryba hopes Providence can extend their schedule an extra week—into a first ever National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.

No doubt his new recruits will help in making the push, but either way there will be a buzz around Pilots men’s basketball next term.

“They’ve committed to the program,” says Gryba. “They’re excited for the opportunity to play college basketball.”

Source: http://www.providenceuc.ca/athletics/news_and_events/news_releases/index.cfm?newsid=7800

DEADLINE THIS THURSDAY: Sport Manitoba Announces Scholarship Opportunities for Athletes & Coaches - Deadline April 30

Sport Manitoba and Coaching Manitoba has announced details on 3 different athlete and coach scholarships that are available to Manitobans entering or at the post-secondary level.  The Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarships, Princess Royal Pan Am Scholarships and the Coaching Manitoba Bursary offer support in the range of $500 to $3000 to a successful candidate.  These opportunities are ideal for grade 12 basketball students pursuing a post-secondary education and new basketball coaches looking to increase their coaching education.  Deadline to apply is Thursday Wednesday April 30, 2015.  For details and to apply...

William Kohler & Robyn Boulanger Named Sport Manitoba Athletes of the Year

The sport of basketball was very well represented at the Sport Manitoba and Coaching Manitoba Awards held on Saturday April 25, 2015 at the Club Regent Event Centre.  Taking home one of the top awards of the evening was Manitoba Provincial Team Member William Kohler of the 17U Male Team!  William was recognized as the Manitoba Junior Male Athlete of the Year among all sports based on his accomplishments in 2014.  Kohler, who is off to the powerhouse Carleton Ravens next season,  was named as the national Most Valuable Player as part of the 17U Male Manitoba Gold Medal win in 2014. 

This marks the first time in the 30 year history of this award that is has been presented to a basketball athlete.   

13 Ways to Build Culture on Your Team

By Alan Stein 

Successful programs have created a palpable culture, sound habits and high standards:

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY AT NOON: Club Basketball Provincial Championships Coming May 7-10, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY AT NOON: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce details on the 2015 Club Basketball Provincial Championship set for May 7-10, 2015 in Winnipeg.  The 4 day event will occur at the University of Manitoba IGAC and University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre and involves male and female teams in the 14-19 age range. Deadline to register a team is Friday April 24, 2015 Monday April 27, 2015 at 12 noon at a fee of $325 per team.


NBC Basketball Camps Returning July 13-17 at CMU for Ages 12-15

The NBC Basketball Camps have announced details on their annual Complete Skills Basketball Day Camp set for this summer.  The 2015 camp will be held at Canadian Mennonite University on July 13-17 and be open to boys and girls ages 12-15.

For 40 years, NBC Camps has been training athletes for success on and off the court. Creating the best instructional basketball camps is our full-time job. Former Division 1 coaches and players have designed a unique summer camp program that will help you excel in every aspect of the game. From our basketball curriculum, to our tournaments and games, from our Intensity Station, to our life skills training, NBC Camps works to provide the ultimate basketball camp experience.

Complete Skills Day Camps focus on the crucial keys to becoming a great player. We break our teaching into four focus areas: Individual offense, defense, shooting and team skills. Campers are separated into teaching groups and teams based on their age and ability.

Complete Skills Day Camps emphasize extensive skill development, intensity, enthusiasm, leadership, and teamwork. NBC Camps full-time staff work year round to make NBC Camps the premier basketball camp in the world.

Highlights Include

  • In-depth position specific skill training that will make you a better player
  • An atmosphere of encouragement, skill mastery, intensity, great fun, enthusiasm, Christian values and leadership training on and off the court
  • Outstanding staff and coaches that will get to know you and help you improve
  • NBC Camps reputation as the best basketball camp in the world
Full details including how to register can be found online at...


Athletes in Action Announce Summer Basketball Camp Schedule for 2015 for Ages 5-19

Athletes in Action Manitoba has announced details on its 2015 Basketball Camps Schedule.  The assortment of week-long half day, full day and overnight camps target children from ages 5-17 of all skill levels.  The number and variety of camps assures that you will find one for you: whether you are a beginner just learning the game, or an experienced player who is looking to become the best they can be!

New All-Access Coaching Video: Building Your Full Court Run and Jump Defense with Coleen Dufresne

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to release another video in its ever growing All-Access Video Series.  The new video features one of the newest inductees into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in Coleen Dufresne.  Coach Dufresne recently was a guest coach at a Manitoba Centre for Performance training session and covered the topic of 'Building Your Full Court Run and Jump Defense'.  The 1 hour 26 minute video provides a very in-depth approach to this type of defense, and it open to any one to watch now.  View the full video at...

UPDATED: Canada Basketball NCCP Super Clinic Set for May 29-31 in Toronto

UPDATED: Canada Basketball Coach Education, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) University of Toronto and Ryerson University have announced details on the inaugural and largest basketball coaching clinic dedicated to supporting Canadian basketball coaches – the Canada Basketball NCCP Super Clinic.

Toronto Raptors Donate $20,000 to Basketball Manitoba's Three Point Club

Basketball Manitoba is very excited to announce that the Toronto Raptors have made a significant contribution to the recently formed Basketball Manitoba Three Point Club with a donation of $20,000!  The donation was announced publicly at the recent Basketball Manitoba Awards held on Saturday April 18 at the Victoria Inn Hotel.  As part of the donation, the Raptors are being recognized as a founding member of the new charitable cause.  The contribution to the Three Point Club will be used to ensure as many players and coaches are given the opportunity to get and stay involved in the sport. The Three Point Club has been designed to raise funds to support members of Manitoba's Provincial Teams and Centre for Performance programs.

BANQUET VIDEO & PHOTOS ADDED: 2015 Basketball Manitoba Awards Winners Announced

BANQUET VIDEO & PHOTOS ADDED: Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce the details on those honoured at the Basketball Manitoba Awards on Saturday April 18 as All-Manitobans, Players of the Year, Coaches of the Year, Carl Ridd, Mike Spack, Jim Bulloch and Ron Meyers Award winners along with special recognition and service awards. Those honoured for an outstanding basketball season were...

Junior Bison Boys Basketball 2015 Tournament Schedules Released

The Junior Boys Basketball Club have released the schedules for its annual club basketball tournament scheduled for April 24-26, 2015 at St. Paul's High School, Nelson McIntyre Collegiate and St. James Collegiate.  The Basketball Manitoba sanctioned event features club based basketball teams at the 12U to 18U male age levels.  Over 30 boys teams will take place in the tournament.  Find the full schedules on the Junior Bison Boys Basketball website at...

REMINDER: Harlem Globetrotter Special Team Pricing Offer for April 23 Game at MTS Centre

REMINDER: True North Sports & Entertainment are proud to offer a special group discount to all Basketball Manitoba teams! This offer will be great for team windups, get-togethers and team building! We welcome all teams down to the MTS Centre to enjoy the Harlem Globetrotters on April 23rd, at 7:00pm!

Basketball Manitoba Offer: $25.00 ea (taxes included):
  • Ticket to Harlem Globetrotters
  • Box of popcorn
  • 24oz Drink
  • Teams will be seated together
**Offer available to group orders of 10 people or more people

For more information, or to place your group order; please call...

Jeff Ranick

Next Level Hoops All-Star Showcase Set for May 2 at Glenlawn Collegiate

Next Level Hoops and the Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club have announced that they will partner to host the 2nd Annual Next Level Hoops All-Star Showcase event, taking place at Glenlawn Collegiate (map below) on Saturday May 2, 2015.   The Next Level Hoops All-Star Showcase event will feature six games between all-star teams of various ages, thereby providing an exceptional opportunity for over 100 of Manitoba’s best male and female basketball players to compete against each other. Sponsored by Basketball Manitoba, our event schedule will include the following:

WATCH VIDEO: Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Induction Class of 2015

Pictured, 2015 Inductees Hymie Fox, Ralph & Pat Watts (for their father Ralph), Erin Soroko-Drazik & Coleen Dufresne

WATCH VIDEO: The Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its Class of 2015. Congratulations to our newest inductees. The official induction will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Winnipeg.

REMINDER: Providence College Men's Basketball Hosting Open ID Camp April 25

REMINDER:  Providence University College has announced that it is hosting a men's basketball Identification Camp on Saturday April 25th from 1:00-3:00 at Providence University College.  Providence competes in the MCAC and the NCCAA in the USA.

If you have any interest in attending please contact Head Men’s Basketball Coach Colten Gryba at colten.gryba@prov.ca

TRYOUTS COMING SOON: Manitoba Provincial Team Tryouts Set for May 22-24, 2015

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announced details on the Provincial Team Tryouts for the upcoming summer. The tryouts for the program will occur May 22-24, 2015 at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.  The summer of 2015 will see a total of 6 Provincial Teams formed at the male and female 17U, 16U and 15U.  All 3 female teams will compete in a Saskatchewan Series in Brandon, MB, the Nike National Invitational in Chicago, Illinois (NCAA certified event), and the 17U and 15U to the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton in late July.  The 16U Female team will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, AB in August.  All 3 male teams will compete in a Saskatchewan Series in Brandon, MB, the D1 Summer Classic in Minneapolis, MN (NCAA certified event), and the 17U and 15U to the Canadian National Championships in Halifax, NS.  The 16U Male team will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, AB in August.  All dates can be found in our website calendar in July & August.

Bison Men's Basketball Sign Top Shooter Saajan Arora from Ontario

University of Manitoba Bison men's basketball coach Kirby Schepp has announced another key recruit for 2015.  6'2 Shooting guard Saajan Arora from Cambridge, Ontario has committed to the Bisons for the upcoming season.  Arora played for one of the top high school teams in Canada, St. John's Kilmarnock. The team was ranked among the top 5 teams in national polls all season.  Arora was named an all-star or MVP in several tournaments as well as being named the top male athlete at SJK where he played for Coach Borko Popic.

Asked about the move to Manitoba Saajan Arora stated: "I am very excited to be joining the Manitoba Bison family. I believe that this was the best decision for me and look forward to growing as a person and a player over the next 5 years."

Coach Popic: "Saajan is a very skilled scorer with a tremendous shooting touch. He has been an integral part of SJK's basketball team over the last three years and I am very excited to follow his continued growth at the University of Manitoba. Saajan is a hard working and extremely dedicated student-athlete and will be a great addition to the U of M community."   

Coach Schepp was very excited about Saajan's commitment: "Saajan is an outstanding addition to our program. He played for one of the best high school programs in St. John's Kilmarnock and clubs (Waterloo Wildhawks) in the entire country. We believe he may be the best shooter coming out of Canadian high school basketball this year. He is also an outstanding student and very high-character young man".

Arora joins a class a recruiting class that so far includes local standouts Dharmjit Dhillion and Raj Sidhu of Kildonan East Collegiate.

Source: http://gobisons.ca/news/2015/4/21/MBB_0421153320.aspx


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