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Manitoba's Provincial Teams Tip Off at Nationals on Friday - WATCH LIVE ONLINE

All six of Manitoba's Provincial Teams are off to Edmonton, Alberta this week to represent the province at the Canada Basketball National Championships and Western Canada Championships from July 25-30.  The event marks the first time that all 6 events are occurring under one roof at the same time.  Between the 6 events, 50 teams featuring 600 players will be competing.

This is also the first time that the National Championships will be NCAA Sanctioned.  Numerous coaches, not only from the NCAA but the CIS and CCAA will be in attendance to view the next wave of great Canadian basketball talent.  Many players who have played in this event have gone on to successful careers including several have even been lucky enough to hear their name called on draft night in the NBA including Robert Sacre, Kelly Olynyk and most recently Nik Stauskas.

There will be some amazing games featuring exceptionally talented players from across the entire country starting Friday.  Opening ceremonies go at 9am on July 25th in the Main Competition Gym with games to follow.

You can follow the game results as they happen on Basketball Manitoba's Twitter feed.

VIEW FULL SCHEDULES

WATCH ALL GAMES ONLINE

GO TEAM TOBA!


Full details on the tournaments and program can be found at...


  1. Program Overview
  2. 17U Male Roster & Overview
  3. 17U Female Roster & Overview
  4. 16U Male Roster & Overview
  5. 16U Female Roster & Overview
  6. 15U Male Roster& Overview
  7. 15U Female Roster & Overview
  8. Player Profiles
  9. Coach Biographies
  10. National Championships Past Results
  11. Contact

Manitoba Provincial Team - 15U Female



Manitoba Provincial Team - 16U Female



Manitoba Provincial Team - 17U Female


Manitoba Provincial Team - 15U Male



Manitoba Provincial Team - 16U Male



Manitoba Provincial Team - 17U Male


All 15U, 16U and 17U National Championship Games to be Webcast Live From Edmonton


Canada Basketball and Basketball Alberta have announced that all games from the 2014 15U and 17U Canada Basketball Nationals and 16U Western Canadian Championships will be broadcast live online by SportsCanada.TV.  The games run July 25-30 at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.  Manitoba will be sending all 6 of its Provincial Teams for the event.  The direct link to view all games is...

Expanded Female Centre for Performance Program Set for Fall for Females Born 2000-2002

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce it will be offering new expanded programming for females in its Centre for Performance program this coming season.  The one-year pilot project will now extend the training season for the Center for Performance to add tournament and exhibition play to allow the athletes to develop against elite level competition.  The Centre For Performance teams will play in select tournaments and exhibition play in Canada and the United States during the fall and spring seasons.  A pause in regular programming for the school basketball season will allow athletes to fully commit to their school programs.

The program will include support from Canada Basketball and the Women’s National team program in the form of curriculum and special training sessions led by National Team coaches.  Regular speed and strength training will be provided by McDole's Gym and the Strength and Conditioning department of the Sport for Life Center.  Athletes will also participate in special training sessions with guest coaches and instructors over the course of the program.


The Program will see a group of females born 2000, 2001, or 2002 train approximately three times per week from September to early December and from late March to late May.  The focus of the program is to develop fundamental skills, athletic ability, universal concepts, and the Canadian Women’s National team style of play.  Approximately 18 girls will be selected to the group for training.  The group will divide into two teams for tournament play to allow for quality playing time during games. 

The training group will be led by Basketball Manitoba High Performance Coach Randy Kusano and 15U Provincial Team Coach Alyssa Grant.

A player identification camp for the program will take place Sunday, August 24 at the University of Winnipeg from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  The second phase of the identification camp will take place Sunday, September 7 at the University of Winnipeg from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  A $25 tryout fee will be collected at the first session.  Athletes selected to the program will start training early September.

Details on the male program, which will continue with the traditional training program as offered in the past will be announced in the coming weeks.  

More information on the Centre for Performance program can be found at http://cp.basketballmanitoba.ca


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COACH BIOGRAPHIES


Randy Kusano

Randy Kusano was the winningest coach in the history of high school basketball in Manitoba. His high school teams won three MHSAA (Manitoba High School Athletic Association) AAAA Provincial Championships provincial titles, 11 conference titles and he coached in 15 AAAA Final Fours in his 34 years coaching with the Oak Park Raiders in Winnipeg before retiring from teaching in 2010. A University of Manitoba graduate, Kusano is a current fully certified NCCP Level 3 coach with nearly 25 years of CIS coaching experience as an assistant with the Bison men’s and women's basketball program.

Randy has been involved in basketball as a player and coach for over forty years. He developed his love for basketball at Norberry Junior High in St. Vital playing for Hall of Famer, Dennis Alvestad. He moved on to Glenlawn Collegiate and finally to the University of Manitoba.  Randy was a member of three consecutive Canadian Junior Men’s championship teams from 1971-1973. In 1976 he was a member of the first Manitoba team to win a National University championship in basketball, the University of Manitoba Bisons.

After his university years were done he continued playing with the Nicolett Inn Senior men’s team that captured their first National Senior Men’s Championship in 1979. The University of Manitoba Junior Men and Nicolett Inn Senior men’s teams were later inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.

Randy’s coaching career began with the University of Manitoba Junior Bisons in 1974 and continued there until 1976. He has coached high school basketball for the past thirty-four years, thirty two as head coach of the Varsity Boys program at Oak Park High School.

Over his 34 years at Oak Park, Randy developed the dominate high school program of it’s era, going to 15 Final Fours and winning 3 AAAA Provincial Championships. During this time he has helped to develop more than twenty five players who have gone on to play at the Canadian College or CIS level. Randy has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba for fifteen years.

Randy has also coached numerous Manitoba Provincial teams as head coach and as an assistant coach at the Canada Games, Western Canada Games, and National Championships.




Alyssa Grant 

Alyssa Grant attended Oak Park high school from 2006-2009 where she was named team MVP two years in a row. In her grade 12 year she was named to the All-Manitoba team and also received the Carl Ridd Award for excellence in school, community and sport involvement. In her graduating year at Oak Park she was named Athlete of the Year and left to play for the University of Winnipeg Women’s Basketball team. Alyssa is has just completed her 5th and final year playing for the University of Winnipeg. Throughout her career she was been a leader on and off the floor and was a co-captain of the team for three of her five years.

In addition to playing, Alyssa has also been heavily involved in coaching. She is currently in her fifth year assistant coaching for the Oak Park Raiders varsity girls’ basketball team. In that time the Raiders have made appearances at four consecutive provincial championships, capturing the title in 2013. Alyssa has also coach summer camps for both the University of Winnipeg and Basketball Manitoba’s High Performance Camps. While at university Alyssa has also volunteered her time coaching with the Inner-City Jr. Wesmen, ‘I Can Score’, and Athlete Initiative programs.

Alyssa is currently working towards her Bachelor of Education with a major in kinesiology and minor in psychology.  She is hoping to one day teach Physical Education/Health Education at the high school level. Alyssa is also an MFC certified personal trainer and hopes to continue coaching and training this summer and into her career as an educator.


Basketball Manitoba High Performance Basketball Camps for Ages 10-15 Set for August - Space Limited



Welcome to the Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps!  The Basketball Manitoba High Performance Camps are for experienced players from ages 10 to 15 years old. The camp has an emphasis on improving the athlete’s fundamental skills and understanding of the game. The camp provides a 7 to 1 player to coach ratio and is taught by some of Manitoba best coaches and players.

Team Manitoba Brings Home Basketball Silver Medal at Special Olympics

Congratulations to Team Manitoba on their recent success at the Special Olympics National Championships held in Vancouver, BC!  Manitoba proudly brought home a Silver Medal in basketball from the event.

Team Manitoba basketball was a very well prepared team for the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver. All the hard work the team put in, paid off!


Team Manitoba basketball record:
  • vs Collingwood Eagles, 34-0 Win
  • vs BC Grizzlies, 21-8 Win
  • vs Alberta Grizzlies, 42-8 Win
  • vs BC (Langley), 20-18 Win ***Langley's first loss in three years***
  • vs Nova Scotia, 25-13 Win
  • Gold medal game: vs BC (Langley), 20-14 Loss 
Team Manitoba basketball athletes and coaches had a wonderful experience in Vancouver and they can't wait for the next National Summer Games.

Check out more photos from a great event!  CONGRATS TEAM TOBA!



Team Manitoba Basketball Representing at North American Indigenous Games in Regina

Good luck to the 6 Team Manitoba basketball teams who are representing the province at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games this week in Regina!  The 6 teams include male and female teams at the 14U, 16U and 19U age level.  The rosters and schedule for each team can be found at...

SNYB Original: Cultivating Confidence in Youth Sports

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By: Nicholas Boon

Self-confidence is a tricky topic in youth sports. It is so inherently dependent on the individual and the context. As a coach, it can seem overwhelming, even unrealistic, to build and nurture the self-confidence of each of your athletes.

Some kids seem to be naturally confident, see themselves as leaders among their peers, and have no problem accepting responsibility or taking on challenges. Others may not be so confident in themselves, shying away from confrontation and avoiding situations where risk failure. Players all respond differently to criticism and praise, to positive and negative feedback, and to failures and successes. This post will outline four of the cited sources of self-efficacy, all of which are easily applied to a youth sport context, followed by some tips and strategies to cultivate confidence among your team and program.

4 Sources of Confidence
There has been considerable research done on the sources, qualities, and effects of self-efficacy (or self-confidence), with recreational sport as a popular medium through which theories are tested and refined. Albert Bandura, perhaps the most prominent researcher in self-efficacy theory, describes four primary sources of self-efficacy:

#1 Past Performance

The single best way for an individual to improve their confidence in a particular situation or with a particular skill is to perform that task successfully. This is quite intuitive; if you have hit a game winning free-throw before, you will be more confident that you can repeat that success.

#2 Vicarious Experience

Vicarious experience, or social modelling, is the opportunities to witness someone else (ideally of comparable skill or experience) complete a particular task. Seeing someone whom you consider similar to yourself succeed in a rigorous series of sprints will improve your belief that you can too.

#3 Verbal Persuasion

Positive feedback can come from a number of sources, including parents, coaches, or other athletes. The most effective form of verbal persuasion, however, is “self-talk” or an individual’s inner monologue. Telling yourself you can defend the opposing team’s start point guard puts you in a mindset of toughness and resolve, an effective tool to increase performance.

#4 Physiological & Psychological State

Finally, the physical and emotional state of the individual can have a profound, though individualized, effect both on self-confidence and performance. Some athletes feel more game-ready when they are “fired up”; others may be more confident when they are relaxed. Some athletes spend their time before a game composing themselves mentally; others focus on the physical warm-up and skill preparation.

These sources of confidence are well documented, though they can affect everyone differently across various stressful situations. Knowing when, and how, to adopt and engage in these sources is more of an art and less of a science.

5 Tips to Promote Confidence
1. Create Opportunities for Success

Structure drills and activities so that all athletes can experience success. Progress the difficulty of skill drills up, instead of regressing them down. Use games and activities where everyone can participate and feel competitive; elite or elimination games both limit development opportunities and may negative impact some players’ confidence. Finally, play up individual players’ strengths in games (though continue to develop well rounded players in practices).

2. Express Confidence in Players

Let your players know you believe in them! As a leader and authority on basketball, your athletes will hold your opinion of their abilities to a high standard. If an athlete doubts themselves, you are in a powerful position to change their mind. Continue with constructive criticism but provide positive feedback as well, applauding effort and focusing on improvements rather than results.

3. Provide Equal Playing Time

Nothing is a confidence killer quite like riding the bench. Not only does this limit development of the individual but you are actively limiting their opportunity to experience success. If past experiences are the single greatest source of confidence in young athletes, how can they be expected to believe they will improve if they are deprived of experience at all?

4. Encourage Mistakes

Youth athlete development is fundamentally grounded on trial and error; the best way to learn is by making mistakes. Create a culture where players are not afraid to make mistakes and see them as opportunities to improve rather than as reflections of their abilities.

5. Use Mental Imagery

Mental imagery is a positive sport tool, and has been shown to be especially effective in promoting self-efficacy among beginner athletes. At the end of a practice, go through a visualization exercise with your team. Help them to imagine a situation such as hitting a free-throw or finishing on a fast break, focusing on what they see, hear and feel. Most importantly, ensure that players visualize a successful performance in that situation.

Source: Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog http://ift.tt/1z3rVzC

Junior Alliance Basketball Club to Host Open Tryouts Aug 9-10 for Boys & Girls

Junior-Alliance-Basketball-.pngThe Junior Alliance Basketball Club has announced it will be hosting an “Open Selection Camp” for their 2014-2015 competitive teams and registration for the developmental program on Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10 2014 from 12pm – 2pm.  The Junior Alliance will be offering a developmental program to girls born in 2005 – 2006 and boys born in 2001-2003.  The program will consist of 2 hours per week of skills development and training beginning in October until April.  There will be scrimmages amongst the participants, but no competitive games.  This program will focus on skills development.


PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
  • Junior Alliance will consist of 3 competitive teams (Boys Grades 7, 8, 9) that are trained by passionate and energetic coaches that volunteer their time for the love of the game.   
  • Junior Alliance is looking for players to join their teams.  Anyone with the heart and desire to improve, and will work hard are welcome to come out.
  • The camp will focus on fitness while working on skills evaluations, offensive and defensive fundamentals, and team drills. 
  • The camp will be run by all of the Junior Alliance Coaching Staff working together to create the best teams possible for the new season.
CAMP DETAILS: 
  • Saturday August 9 and Sunday August 10 2014 from 12pm – 2pm
  • All registration and open selection camps will be held at Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue in the NORTH GYM.
  • Both developmental and competitive players are welcome to participate during the weekend camp.
  • Players are asked to bring their own basketballs.
  • Camp Fee = $20.00 per player
  • Cheques are payable to “Junior Alliance Basketball Club”
  • Please pre-register by emailing the following information: 

Acceptance 3on3 Basketball Tournament for Canadian Mental Health Coming October 4-5

The Acceptance 3on3 Basketball Tournament has announced details on their first annual 3 on 3 Fall Basketball Tournament set for October 4-5, 2014 at the University of Winnipeg United Health and RecPlex Community gym.  The fundraising event will see proceeds go towards supporting for Canadian Mental Health.


DATES: October 4-5, 2014
TIMES: Saturday 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm both days
LOCATION: University of Winnipeg United Health and Recplex Community gym
PARKING:  Two hour street free parking on Saturday (please note all parking signs)
TEAM SIZE: 3 on 3 with one sub (total 4 players per team)
AGES: Ages 10+ (see more in registration form)
COST:  $20 per team
DEADLINE: Friday September 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm
PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded to the top team finishing in each division.
FORMAT:  All will be half court games.  Each team will play 4 games.  All games will be played within their Division. All Games go to 21 points OR 25 minutes, which ever comes first. Only 1 sub out per game.

For more information a to register, contact Mike Chin (Tournament Organizer) at michaeldavidchin@gmail.com


Hot Shots Basketball Club Announce Tryouts for Boys & Girls Born in 2003-2006 on Aug 8-10

The Hot Shot Basketball Club has announced details for their upcoming 2014-2015 season. Tryouts will be open to any players born between 2003-2006 that are interested in playing organized team basketball.

Tryouts will be a one time fee of $10 per player. (Cash Only)

This will be a 3 day session held at Valour Community Centre - 715 Telfer St. N
  • August 8      7pm-9pm
  • August 9      10am-12pm
  • August 10    10am-12pm
These tryouts consist of four different age groups but teams will be separated into 2 teams (Grade 5-6 one team, Grade 3-4 one team)

Other details:
  • Player must bring their own basketball
  • Players must have water bottle
If you are not able to attend the try outs but want your son or daughter to be considered on a team or have any questions, please email hotshotsbasketball@yahoo.com


UPDATE: Manitoba Magic Set Tryouts for August

UPDATE: The Manitoba Magic Basketball Club has announced open tryouts for the 2014-15 Season.  Tryouts will be held for certain age groups from Friday August 8th - Sunday August 10th at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). 

Chad Posthumus Finishes Preliminary Round of NBA Summer League with Chicago Bulls

Winnipeg's Chad Posthumus wrapped up the preliminary round of the NBA Summer League as a member of the Chicago Bulls.  The team went 3-0 with wins over the LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.  The squad now enters the play-off series as the top seed in the Las Vegas based summer league.  Chad and the Bulls remaining schedule is listed below.  Most NBA Summer League playoff games will be broadcast live on NBA Canada TV on Shaw channel 148 and MTS channel 192. (all times shown as Manitoba time)

Thursday July 17
9:30 PM – #1 Chicago vs. Winner of Game 44 (Game 52)

Friday July 18 
9:30 PM – Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60)

Saturday July 19
7 PM – Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner (Game 63)

Sunday July 20
7 PM – Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner(Game 66)

Monday July 21
8 PM – Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner (Game 67)

VIEW CHAD'S SUMMER LEAGUE STATS

The complete list of team seedings, a championship bracket, and full results from the first five days of competition, is below and available online at www.nba.com/summerleague.

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Canada Basketball National & Western Championships Updates

With the National and Western Canadian Championships less than a week away, here are a few quick updates that may be of interest to parents or supports who may be travelling with the teams to Edmonton.  This page will be updated as new information becomes available from the hosts! 

VIEW ALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES 

Tournament Ticket Information:
Until July 18, Basketball Alberta offers a special advanced Championship Passes of $25 for adults and $15 for students for all families that are travelling to support their boys and girls teams. Please contact Basketball Alberta at 780.427.9044  to pre-order these passes.

Todd MacCulloch to be Inducted into Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame This Fall

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame announced today that Todd MacCulloch (MBHOF Class of '09) will be formally inducted into its Hall this November.  Todd joins 7 other individuals and one team who are being honoured as the Class of 2014.  Todd is also a member of the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Todd is a graduate of Shaftesbury High School where he led the Titans to two consecutive MHSAA provincial championships in 1993 and 1994. He played his university basketball at the University of Washington. In his final two years, he was an All Pac-10 First-Team selection. He also led all NCAA Division 1 schools in field-goal percentage in his final three years, only the second player ever to accomplish this feat. In the 1999 NBA draft, he was selected by the Philadelphia ‘76ers in the 2nd round (47th overall). He played four seasons in the NBA, with the 76ers and New Jersey Nets before being forced to retire prematurely because of a neuromuscular disorder that affected his feet. During his playing career, Todd played for the Canadian National team 93 times, most notably at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

On November 8, 2014, five athletes, three builders and one team will be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame at the 35th Annual Induction Ceremonies presented by RBC.

This year individual recipients in the Athlete category include: Olympians from volleyball, basketball, and softball, a world champion curling legend, and Manitoba’s all-time scoring leader in lacrosse. Coaches from racquetball, artistic gymnastics, baseball, and football make up the Builder category. Our Team category celebrates the 1988 Grey Cup champions, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 2014 inductees are:

Ron BROWN                              Racquetball                Builder
Wanda GUENETTE                    Volleyball                   Athlete
Lorie HENDERSON                   Artistic Gymnastics     Builder
Al KINLEY                                 Baseball/Football        Builder
Connie LALIBERTE                    Curling                        Athlete
Todd MacCULLOCH                Basketball                Athlete
Keith McLENNAN                      Lacrosse                    Athlete
Heather (NEWSHAM) RUBY     Softball                       Athlete
1988 Winnipeg Blue Bombers       Football                      Team

“These recipients join an exclusive group of Manitoba’s finest in sport,” said Susan Nemec, President of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “These eight individuals and the Bomber team have earned their place in Manitoba’s sport history. Combined with those we honoured this past May at our Regional Induction in Selkirk, 2014 is an exceptional slate.”

Todd MacCullochTickets for the 2014 Annual Induction Ceremony dinner go on sale August 1, 2014. Ticket and event information can be found at: manitobahalloffame.ca

Please click here to view the attached PDF for biographies and photographs of the inductees.

Additional photographs and biographical information may be available. Please contact Sport Manitoba’s Sport Heritage Manager, Rick Brownlee at the contact information provided below.  





About

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s mandate is to preserve, celebrate and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba. The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 384 individual members and 85 teams since it was established in 1980.

Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming, and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.

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For more information contact:

Rick Brownlee
Sport Heritage Manager
Sport Manitoba
w. 204-925-5736
c. 204-612-7272
halloffame@sportmanitoba.ca

Or

Tara Skibo
Communications/Public Relations Officer
Sport Manitoba
w. 925-5735
c. 781-6782
tara.skibo@sportmanitoba.ca

Sources:

http://www.sportmanitoba.ca/news_view.php?id=942

http://www.mbhof.com/2009/12/todd-macculloch.html


UPDATE: Canada Basketball 15U, 16U & 17U National Championships Schedules Released

UPDATE: Canada Basketball and the host Basketball Alberta have released the official schedule for the 2014 15U, 16U & 17U National Championships.  The event will occur July 25-30, 2014 at the Saville Centre in Edmonton, AB and feature the top players at the 15U, 16U and 17U levels in Canada.  View the full schedules and official tournament websites at...

Lindenwoods Community Centre Basketball Camp Coming July 28 - Aug 1 for Boys & Girls in Grades 5-8

Lindenwoods Community Centre has announced it will be hosting a summer basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 5-8 Summer Basketball Camp at LWCC on July 28 to August 1 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm for a total of 10 hours.  Cost is $80 a player.  The camp will be conducted by basketball coaches Herve Vincent and Xavier Smith.


To register…

Please go to the Linden Woods Community Centre any time between 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM and fill out a registration form

For more information please call (204) 487-2435 or email lwcc.mgr@shaw.ca


Herve Vincent – Head Coach

Vincent was born and raised in France, where his dedication to the game began in 1988 when he first picked up the sport. He has been involved in coaching since 1997, initially as a volunteer until he became a certified coach in 2005. He earned his degrees in sociology, education and sports training.

He has coached and trained players at all levels, from youth to adult, at both the city and national level for 18 years. He has experience in promoting basketball via presentations in schools, community centers, university, tournaments and skill camps. From 2006 to 2009, Vincent worked as a technical supervisor for the youth basketball development program in the SPO Rouen professional club, where he developed and implemented specific youth skills programs. He also developed the grassroots program "school of basketball" multiplying the number of players by 3 times in 3 years with the club. He was nominated head coach for the best grade 6-7 players selection at the provincial level in 2008 and 2009.

In 2009, Vincent moved to Canada to experience the sports culture in North America. He joined the Junior Bisons program and started his work with Basketball Manitoba's Center for Performance and high performance skill camps. Vincent is currently an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons men's team and the coordinator of the Junior Bison Boys Basketball club. He started his certification in Canada, and has travelled in 10 countries where he has played basketball in every city he's visited.

Xavier Smith – Assistant Coach

Winnipeg native Xavier Smith graduated in 2013 from the University of Manitoba. The former Bison team captain brings his CIS experience and leadership as a mentor and coach. Currently coordinator of the SWISH program, Smith is now teaching the fundamentals and the values that made him the great player he became. A student of the game, Xavier’s development derives from hard work and mental toughness. Head coach Vincent says “Xavier is the definition of hard work, the perfect teammate who also knows how to lead and motivate young people in the community.”

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