July 6, 2005      
West Coast Bballers Headed to Lennoxville

Much of the off-season is spent working on what has become the most important function of a head coach in the CIS – recruiting. I am happy to report that we have three quality players joining the program in September, and in many respects there will be a fourth recruit, but one whom many of you have already heard about over the last year.

Jordan Winnett- New Westminster Secondary School, BC
6’2, guard
Jordan is a pass first guard who was always matched up with the opposition’s best player no matter the size. Co-captain of the team from grades 9-12, Jordan is a leader. He was awarded the Most Inspirational Player Award at the 2005 Western Canadian Championships. A 1st team all-star at the 2004 Lower Mainland Basketball Championships and named 2nd team all-star at the 2003 BC Provincial Junior Boys Basketball Championships which his team won.

Hermon Tesfaghebriel- New Westminster Secondary School, BC
6’8, foward
Hermon has a great feel for the game. He was named as a 2nd team all-star at this year’s AAA Provincial Championship. Hermon can beat you in a variety of ways on the basketball court. He is a long athletic player which makes him a good shot blocker and rebounder on both ends of the court. His game resembles that of Kevin Garnett. He’s skinny but what he lacks in size he makes up for with skill. Hermon can stroke it from downtown and is quite capable of mixing it up from the interior. He runs the floor extremely well for a big man. Hermon has the potential to be an elite player at the university level. Hermon is rated the 3rd best big man in BC. He is a teammate of Jordan Winnett’s and they led their team to a 3rd place finish in the BC championships. Hermon has verbally committed to Bishop’s as his first choice.

Delonny Landon- Woodbridge Secondary School, ON
5’10 combo guard
Delonny is a student-athlete who combines tremendous character, work ethic and natural ability. He averaged 22.5 points 8.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game for his high school team. His quickness and strength are his best physical attributes while what he really brings to the table is a great team-first attitude.

Those of you who followed the team this year will surely remember the name Doug McCooeye. He came to Bishop’s last fall from Dawson College as a blue-chip basketball recruit. At 6’5” and with the ability to play a variety of positions, Doug would surely make his mark as a Gaiter.

In a preseason intra-squad game, Doug did not miss a shot scoring 17 points from the outside. In the Gaiters opening game, 63-60 win against Division 1 University of New Hampshire, Doug finished the last six minutes on the court making every right decision and coming up with every loose ball to help secure the victory. If only Doug’s season could continue the same way.

A couple of weeks later, Doug caught an infection that affected a congenitively defective kidney. He would miss many weeks of school and would have to do his fall exams later on in January. His basketball career seemed like it would be over. Doug finally went in for surgery in March to have his left kidney removed. For most people, that would put an end to any physical activity. Not for Doug, he vowed to return to the court. Doug finished the school year passing all the courses he took with above average marks and started his plans for a comeback on the court.

This summer, he has resumed playing in full scrimmages. Playing in the McGill summer league on a team comprised of Gaiter Alumni that includes Ryan Thorne, Patrice Lemieux and Jamie Woods among others, Doug is sometimes the best player on the floor. While his conditioning and strength are not up to par yet, you can see the signs of a player who competes to the best of his ability every time out. Doug’s courage and attitude will carry him a long way – and will add a boost to team looking for leadership.

Eddie Pomykala
Head Men's Basketball Coach
819-822-9600 ext. 2663
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