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“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.”
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|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.
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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.