The Manitoba Bison men’s basketball team battles for a playoff season
in the 2009-10 Canada West season while already looking towards
building on the first year of a new era of the program. First year
Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp is pleased to announce the commitment of
Kevin Oliver and Tanner Draward to the Bison program for the upcoming
2010-11 season.

Oliver, 20, is a 6’7”, 195 lbs. guard who played high school basketball with the Silver Heights Collegiate in high school and then last played with the Brandon Bobcats in the 2008-09 season. With the Bobcats, Oliver played in 16 conference games and averaged 7.9 minutes per game with 1.5 point per game and 1.1 rebounds plus eight assists and steals and two blocks. In his first season with Brandon, the Winnipeg native was named the team’s rookie of the year while posting 3.6 avg. points per game with 13 steals and 12 assists playing 10.7 avg. minutes in 21 conference games in the 2007-08 season. At Silver Heights, Oliver was coached by Schepp and earned the 2007 Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year and ranked #2 High School Basketball  Player in Manitoba in 2007.


“I had the pleasure of coaching Kevin in high school when he was the best guard in the province,” commented Schepp. “We are extremely happy to have him join our team next season and feel his length, defensive ability and outside shooting can help our team right away. He has matured tremendously since I last coached him and I think he has the potential to be a great CIS player.


Draward, 17, is a 6’8” forward who is completing his high school basketball career at St. Paul’s High School in the 2009-10 season. The Winnipeg native was also the starting forward for Team Manitoba at the 2009 Canada Summer Games, which was coached by Schepp. He is currently coached by Jeff Laping at St. Paul’s and has his team ranked third in the latest MHSAA (Manitoba High School Athletic Association) rankings. Draward also competed for Team Manitoba at the 2007 Western Canada Games.


Schepp enthused, “Tanner is a very rare combination of skill and size. He can run the floor, score inside and outside. As he fills out his 6’8” frame, this combination of talents will make Tanner a great CIS basketball player under the new FIBA rules. Tanner is a quality student, person and athlete and has just the right abilities and character that we want to build this program around."

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