Gee-Gees men’s basketball head coach James Derouin is very excited to announce a late addition to the team’s 2011 recruiting class. Third-year centre Shamus Ferguson, Toronto, Ont., is a 6’9 235 lbs. NCAA Division 1 transfer from Arkansas Pine Bluff set to suit for the garnet and grey this coming fall.
For a program that has lost four centres in the last two years in Louis Gauthier, Nemanja Baletic, Matt Riendeau, and Matt Michaud, Derouin couldn’t be happier with the addition of Ferguson alongside fellow 6’9 fourth-year big man Jordan Vig.
“It takes care of the one hole in our recruiting that we weren’t quite happy with. We accepted that we would need to go small and shuffle some guys around. But now (with Ferguson) everyone can go back to their natural positions and we have a two-headed monster at the centre position so to speak in Shamus (Ferguson) and Jordan (Vig),” said Derouin.
“This is very exciting for us. (Shamus) is long, he is athletic, he finishes, he blocks shots, and he has some really good leadership qualities,” added Derouin.
Ferguson is part of a growing trend in Canadian interuniversity sports, said Derouin, seeing many Canadian players returning home, which is proving to be a better opportunity for young players to get an education and potentially to play overseas.
Shamus was a red-shirt last season for the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions, and so his decision to play for the Gee-Gees was fueled by a desire for increased playing time and the chance to be a contributing factor in helping his team win.
Yet, getting Ferguson to commit to play for the Gee-Gees is something that Derouin very much credits to his players. “We’re very fortunate to have a great group of guys who get along really well,” explained Derouin. “They made (Shamus) feel welcome and a part of the group right away and I think that played a really big part in him deciding to come play with us and so with that I am very proud of our guys.”
Don’t miss your first chance to see Shamus along with fellow top recruits Mike L’Africain and Vikas Gill on August 7, 2011 at Carleton University as they make their Gee-Gees debut and take on NCAA Division 1 LaSalle University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.