Gibson-Bascombe leads out new season for Gee-Gees men's basketball
Shooting range to greatness
Fifth-year guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe returned to the floor Monday to begin 2009 training camp for Gee-Gees men's basketball with the same singular purpose that has propelled the Toronto native to within a short jumper of uOttawa's all-time scoring record.
"Individual accolades do not mean much to me," said Gibson-Bascombe, a Toronto native who captained the Canadian men's basketball entry at the 25th Summer Universiade over the summer and sits 40 regular season points shy of his 1,168th career point to set a new all-time men's program scoring mark. "Winning means everything."
The Gee-Gees will train daily at Montpetit Hall through September 5 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., adding a 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. practice on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.
uOttawa opens the 2009-2010 season with a home exhibition game against NCAA Division-I St. John's Red Storm Sunday, September 6, 8:30 p.m.
“It will be a real good start to our season," said head coach Dave DeAveiro, uOttawa's all-time leader in career wins with 174 wins against 105 losses.
The Gee-Gees will place two new starters this season following the graduation of fifth-year all-star post Dax Dessureaultand departure of fourth-year guard Josh Wright, a half-season transfer from Syracuse who elected to pursue professional opportunities.
“This is a younger group than what we’re used to," said DeAveiro, tentatively set to move fourth-year post Louis Gauthier from Ottawa into the starting lineup with Gibson-Bascombe at point, fifth-year Donnie Gibson of Kingston at guard, second-year Warren Ward of Brampton at power forward and a too-be-determined freshman starter at small forward.
DeAveiro said the ninth edition of the Gee-Gees under his watch should offer unlimited youthful potential behind its established on-court scoring leader.
"I like people thinking we’re not going to be very good ... Winning a conference and national championship will continue to be our goals for as long as I am here."
The Gee-Gees will hold open try-outs Tuesday, September 8 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., and Wednesday, September 9 from 8:30 -10:00 a.m.
2009 GEE-GEES MEN'S BASKETBALL
TRAINING CAMP OPENED:
August 24 @ Montpetit Hall (125 University)
TRAINING CAMP TIMES:
Daily 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
FIRST PRE-SEASON GAME:
Sunday, September 6, 8:30 p.m. vs. NCAA Division-I St. John's @ Montpetit Hall.
Tuesday, September 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, September 9, 8:30 -10:00 a.m.
Friday, November 6, 8:00 p.m. at Brock