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uOttawa Men’s Basketball Season Preview

Wednesday November 4, 2009

2008-2009 OUA East Record: 19-3, 2nd place behind the Carleton Ravens


2008-2009 Playoffs: Qualified for the 2009 CIS Championship at Scotiabank Place with a bronze medal performance in the OUA.


uOttawa defeated Toronto (96-81) in the OUA quarter-finals then lost to Carleton (82-61) in the semi-finals. The Gee-Gees went on to defeat Windsor (73-59) in the bronze medal game sending them to the national championship.


At the CIS Final Eight, the Gee-Gees lost their first game (75-48) to the Western Mustangs.


uOttawa was then relegated to the consolation round where they ran the table knocking off St. Francis Xavier (86-63) in the semifinals and then the Concordia Stingers (83-76) in the consolation final. 


Head Coach: Dave DeAveiro (9th season).  Has overall record of 174-111 record during his Gee-Gees coaching career. In January 2009, DeAveiro became uOttawa’s leader in coaching wins after surpassing Jack Eisenmann’s record of 166-121.


Eisenmann coached the Gee-Gees for 12 seasons from 1988-2001.


On November 22, 2008 DeAveiro registered his 100th win as head coach becoming the first individual to collect one hundred wins and score 1,000 points as a member of the Gee-Gees men’s basketball program.


DeAveiro scored 1,010 points over five seasons with uOttawa from 1984 to 1989.


Assistant Coaches: Carlos Brown, Clarence Porter, Emil O’Neil and Trevor Steynor.


Key Returning Players: Fifth year guards Josh Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto, Ont.) and Donnie Gibson (Odessa, Ont.), guard WarrenWard (Brampton, Ont.), forward Nemanja Baletic (Ottawa, Ont.).


Other Returnees: Guard Max Clarkson (Peterborough, Ont.), forward Louis Gauthier (Ottawa, Ont.), centre Matt Michaud(Ottawa, Ont.), centre Jordan Vig (Barrie, Ont.).


Key Losses: Dax Dessureault, David Labentowicz, Josh Wright and Jacob Gibson-Bascombe.


Key Recruits: Guard Kemeish Edwards (Brampton, Ont.), forward Ryan Malcolm-Campbell (Mississauga, Ont.), forward AkeemGardner (Brampton, Ont.), centre Matt Riendeau (Ottawa, Ont.), guard Idris Said Madjid (Quebec City, Qué), guard StefanOkuka (Toronto, Ont.).


Best Out-Side Threat: Donnie Gibson


Best Scoring Threat: Warren Ward


Top Rebounder: Josh Gibson-Bascombe


Top Defender: Ryan Malcolm-Campbell


Top Ball Handler: Josh Gibson-Bascombe


“Our expectations remain the same in terms of competing for a national championship,” said head coach, Dave DeAveiro.


“Because of our youth and experience, much will be expected of Josh (Gibson-Bascombe) and Donnie (Gibson). Their leadership will play a large part of our success. 


Warren (Ward), Louis (Gauthier) and Max (Clarkson) will have to step up to fill some big shoes. Their growth is crucial and big things are expected from freshmen Malcolm-Campbell, Gardner and Edwards. I expect Riendeau and Michaud to push Gauthier for playing time.


Our success will depend on how fast our kids learn how to compete with consistent effort. They are being thrown into the fire and need to respond.”


The Gee-Gees tip off their regular season on Friday, November 6 against the Brock Badgers in St. Catharines, Ontario.


The next night, uOttawa travels to Guelph to take on the Gryphons.


Their home opener will be on Friday, November 13 when the University of Western Mustangs visit Montpetit Hall for an 8:00 p.m. start (SSN Canada).


Game two of their home schedule will be played on Saturday, November 14 as the Gee-Gees welcome the Windsor Lancers to town. Game time is 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada, Rogers Cable 22).