The Brandon University men's basketball team has bolstered their recruiting class for the 2016-2017 Canada West season by bringing in a pair of experienced college transfers.
Mohammad Sohaib Sultan of Montreal and Girece Kazumba of Toronto are the newest members of the Bobcats, who officially opened training camp on Monday ahead of the upcoming conference campaign. "Both guys have experience and they bring different skills sets. We are excited about the depth that they add to our team," said coach Gil Cheung. "They are both very coachable and eager. They are looking forward to adding to our program both on and off the court." Last season, Sultan suited up with the Vanier College Cheetahs and led the club to a provincial bronze medal. For his efforts, Sultan, a five-foot-11 guard, was selected to the RSEQ Division II Provincial All-Star Team. In 2014, Sultan and the Cheetahs Division I team reached the Canadian College Nationals where they finished in fourth place. "I really want to focus on school and grow more as a person. I am really excited to explore a new part of Canada while rekindling my love for basketball," said Sultan. "I like our team and the campus. Brandon will take some getting used too as it is a big change from Montreal, but I am ready for this new opportunity." Meanwhile, Kazumba, a six-foot-two guard, comes to Brandon after playing in the Division III ranks with the Vermillion Ironmen in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Kazumba helped the Ironmen win a conference championship in 2014-2015 where the team posted a record of 26-and-6. "The Bobcats are giving me an opportunity and that is all I could ask for," said Kazumba. "My main goal this year is just to make sure we win and I am also going to bring high energy." BU's recruiting class now stands at six with the arrival of Sultan and Kazumba. Rounding out the rest of the Bobcats' recruiting class is NJCAA Division II All-American Tyvon Cooper of Middletown, New York, veteran Josh Bell of Mississauga, Ont. and high school standouts Kobyn Jopp of Calgary and hometown product Riley Schaus.