Thursday, July 17, 2008

Campus corner: Yep, it's a pretty good group

Notes on our teams/athletes of interest from The 613 ...
  • Gaels: Queen's confirmed their men's basketball recruiting class late yesterday -- the additions not previously noted here include a point guard out of Halifax, Matthew Johnston, and two swingman-types from Ontario, 6-foot-4 Kurtis Lawes from South River and 6-5 Jared Evans from Waterloo.

    Johnston attended Halifax Grammar, the exclusive private school in Hali, so (sarcasm alert) he should have no trouble adjusting to life at Queen's. Lawes could be looked at as the sleeper. He's from up North, not exactly a hoops hotbed, but coach Rob Smart, Sr., knows players and knows who has a fevered desire to get better.

    The Gaels class consists of two players apiece from B.C., Ontario and Nova Scotia. 6-foot-7 bigs Oliver Friesen and Jeff Lightburn, along with the bluenoser, 6-5 Bernard Burgesson, were mentioned a while back.
  • Women's hoops: Ottawa native Kadie Riverin is off to China with the national women's development team. Here's hoping she shines a deal to play pro in Europe sooner rather than later. (It's been a not-bad couple weeks for Ottawa athletes whom someone who sharpened his skills on a blog profiled for the Sun's Schools page. Karelle Edwards went to the World Juniors for track and field and former Gee-Gees volleyball star Christine Lamey signed a pro deal in Portugal.)

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