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Road weary

Wednesday July 15, 2009

Jet-lagged Gee-Gees men’s hoops coach shows for summer camp


Gee-Gees men’s basketball coach Dave DeAveiro was on the floor Wednesday morning for uOttawa summer camps instruction, less than 24 hours after returning from New Zealand and the world under-19 men’s basketball championship.

DeAveiro landed Tuesday afternoon from Auckland after serving as an assistant coach for Canada, which finished 4-5, seventh-place of 16 teams after a final game victory against France, 82-74 concluded the July 2-12 international event.

“To finish top-eight in the world is always an accomplishment,” said DeAveiro. “It was a difficult process to really assess. We added two guys just before we left.”

DeAveiro will prepare for his ninth season with the Gee-Gees in the fall with a wider perspective.

“I learned about the things they are doing internationally that we are not doing in North America,” said DeAveiro. “Europeans have guys who are 6-10 and 6-11 playing the guard position.”

While overseas, DeAveiro kept tabs on the ninth-place Canadian men’s basketball entry at the 25th Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Canadian team was captained by Gee-Gees guard Josh Gibson-Bascombe and also featured graduated uOttawa post player Dax Dessureault, whom DeAveiro is now working with to secure an agent.

“Dax went from not being on the team to playing a large amount of minutes and hopefully putting himself in a position to secure a European contract,” DeAveiro said.