New men’s basketball head coach James Derouin is pleased to welcome seven new players to the Gee-Gees men’s basketball program. Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, Serge Grenon,Chris Anderson, Matt Marshall, Johnny Berhane, Alex Labranche and CIS transfer JimmySeymore will all be joining the garnet and grey for the 2010-11 season as they pursue their studies at the University of Ottawa.
Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue, a 6’5” power forward, comes to the Gee-Gees after having played two years for the Cegep de l’Outaouais. A Gatineau native and former member of the Next Level basketball program, Gonthier-Dubue “is an excellent player and a strong student, says Derouin. His potential is unlimited. Having been a part of our Next Level program, he is well prepared for his rookie season with the Gee-Gees.”
Gonthier-Dubue says he hopes to bring size, intensity, and strong work ethic to the team. He is also happy to be joined by other Gee-Gee recruit and cegep star Serge Grenon, who he has known since high school. “There is a good chemistry between us, he explains. There are some French speaking players on the uOttawa team, but not all of them are. I am not perfectly bilingual, so with Serge it will make it a lot easier.”
Grenon, a 6’2” left-handed shooting guard, was a member of the Pré-U men’s basketball team at Nouvelles Frontières College. A native of Orleans, Ont., he helped his team clinch the 2009-10 Québec AA men’s college silver medal, after upsetting Gonthier-Dubue’s team in the semi-finals to advance to the championship game. Grenon, who Derouin describes as “an athletic guard who has a natural ability to score the basketball,” was the team’s top scorer in the final game with 18 points.
“I am extremely excited to play this season,” said Grenon. The team will be missing two strong players, so I hope to be able to contribute as much as I can.”
Joining the Gee-Gees from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary Schoolis 6’3” small forward Chris Anderson. About the Toronto native, Derouin says “his ability to defend and get out in transition and finish will make him a fan favourite here at uOttawa.”
Matt Marshall, a 6’5” power forward from Nelson High School in Burlington, Ont., is another quality student-athlete joining the program. “He is a multi-faceted player, explains Derouin. His outside shooting and rebounding are going to be a key to the future success of the team.”
Also at 6’5” is Alex Labranche, a small forward from St. Joseph’s high school in Barrhaven and a Next Level basketball player. An extremely tall and athletic player, “his potential and upside has the coaching staff extremely excited about his future with the program,” says Derouin.
Rounding out this talented group of players are Ottawa natives Johnny Berhane and Jimmy Seymore. Berhane, a 6’0” shooting guard from Lester B. Pearson high school, “is a unique player whose outside shooting ability will make him a dangerous player for years to come,” says Derouin.
Seymore, a 6’0” shooting guard transfer from Guelph University, is a lockdown physical defender. “Another solid person both on and off the court, Jimmy’s leadership has already rubbed off on many of his new teammates,” adds Derouin.
The men’s basketball team will kick off the action with an exhibition match on September 5, 2010, against the Cincinnati Bearcats at 2:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. Tickets for this match-up will go on sale on August 10and can be purchased by calling the Gee-Gees ticketing office at 613-562-5800 ext. 4337 or online at www.capitaltickets.ca.