Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Morrison Back with Canadian Juniors for FIBA Americas

Media Release
Lakehead University Athletics Department

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Morrison Enters 3rd Campaign With Canadian JMNT
Canadian U18's to compete at FIBA Americas in Colorado Springs, June 20-24
June 11, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
For the third year in a row, men's basketball head coach Scott Morrison will be taking on an assistant's role with Canada's Junior Men's National Team (JMNT).

For the past two summers, Morrison has served as an assistant with the U18 JMNT program that placed 3rd at the FIBA Americas in Brazil ('12) and the subsequent U19 group that earned a 6th place finish at the FIBA world championships in Turkey ('13).

This year's instalment of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship will be hosted by USA Basketball at the U.S. Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 20-24. It will also serve as the qualifier for next year's FIBA world championships.

"It is a major honour to be asked to work with the nation's best for a third consecutive summer," Morrison states. "Just like the previous years, training camp has been a grind, but an unparalleled experience working with a great staff and a top notch group of kids."

Morrison re-joined JMNT head coach Roy Rana and fellow assistant coach Kirby Shepp a few weeks back for initial workouts with the team in Toronto, as the roster comes into shape heading towards the FIBA tournament in 'The Centennial State'.

This year Canada's pool includes Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. On the other side are the USA, Uruguay, Mexico and Argentina. More info can be found on the FIBA Americas website.

Some high-profile names expected on this year's JMNT roster include 6'9" forward Chris Egi (Markham, Ont.) who is attending Harvard next year, and Montaque Gill-Caesar (Vaughan, Ont.), who attends famed Huntington Prep in West Virginia and will graduate in 2015.

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Morrison is grateful to be a part of a quickly-evolving scene around Canadian basketball that is getting more and more attention globally, and south of the border.

"Canada basketball is hot on the international scene right now and I am extremely excited to play a small part of the movement."

The Canadian JMNT has featured several high profile players in recent years during Morrison's tenure with the team, some of whom (A. Wiggins, T. Ennis) have taken their game all the way to the NCAA tournament and are poised to enter the NBA on draft day in 2 weeks.


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MEDIA:  For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Lakehead Sports Information Director, Hugh Mullally, at (807) 766-7157, or spinfo@lakeheadu.ca.
Lakehead University’s Athletics Department features a comprehensive Campus Recreation program across both its Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario campuses. Working hard to promote a healthy and active campus lifestyle, Campus Recreation provides a great selection of outdoor and indoor intramurals with its C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (containing a 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves' Den fitness centre, 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas) and the 50,000 square foot ‘Hangar’ building (an athletic facility home to a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, as well as the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic) .

Friday, June 6, 2014

'WOLVES LAND HAMILTON PG

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Lakehead University Athletics Department

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Ryan Doornick Commits to Lakehead
5'8" Hamilton guard now a Thunderwolf
June 5, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
In his latest recruiting announcement of the off-season, coach Scott Morrison of the men's basketball program has added Ryan Doornick of Hamilton, Ontario to the 2014-15 Thunderwolves roster.

"We're very excited to add Ryan to our roster," states Morrison. "He has proven to be an excellent person, student and the potential to be a very good basketball player. We expect him to fill the backup point guard role next season and develop as a player to be a major factor on our team during his entire career."

The speedy 5'8" guard will add depth at the point guard position, and comes from a winning tradition, both at the high school and the AAU club level. His Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets club team is currently undefeated vs. Canadian opposition, their only loss coming to the DeJuan Blair All-Stars at Pitt Jam in April of this year.

Doornick is currently averaging 17.5 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who are ranked #2 heading into the OBA tournament. Ryan has been a leader at his high school of St Thomas More, where he has been his team's captain for 5 years on top of earning other athletic honors.

Says Doornick, "I'm really excited to get working with the Lakehead team. They have a great group of guys who are dedicated to winning and I'm the same way. I'm looking forward to this season and playing in front of the great Thunderwolves crowd!"


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Profile: Ryan Doornick

Height: 5'8"
Position: Guard
Hometown: Hamilton
Program: English
Last team: St Thomas More HS/ Blessed Sacrament Club


Achievements/Stats:

- Blessed Sacrament stats: 17.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 6 apg
- HS Senior MVP 2014
- HS Athlete of the Year 2011
- HS Captain 5 years
- City Championship 2011


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MEDIA:  For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Lakehead Sports Information Director, Hugh Mullally, at (807) 766-7157, or spinfo@lakeheadu.ca.
Lakehead University’s Athletics Department features a comprehensive Campus Recreation program across both its Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario campuses. Working hard to promote a healthy and active campus lifestyle, Campus Recreation provides a great selection of outdoor and indoor intramurals with its C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (containing a 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves' Den fitness centre, 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas) and the 50,000 square foot ‘Hangar’ building (an athletic facility home to a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, as well as the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic) .


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Hugh Mullally
Sports Information Director
Lakehead University Athletics
Office: 807 766 7157

Sunday, June 1, 2014

DJ SMITH JOINS THUNDERWOLVES

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Lakehead University Athletics Department

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East Coast All-Star DJ Smith Joins Thunderwolves
2012-13 CIS Rookie of the Year transfers from UPEI
May 29, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
Men's basketball coach Scott Morrison has landed another important piece for the longevity of the Thunderwolves' program: Deontay 'DJ' Smith, of North Preston, Nova Scotia.

"DJ's decision to join our program makes for an important addition for the future of the team," says Morrison. "DJ has been successful at all levels he has played, in part, because of an excellent natural feel for the game and versatile skill set."

The 6'0" guard is set to arrive in Thunder Bay after having played 2 years for the UPEI Panthers of the AUS, where he made a name for himself not only in the conference but across the country.

Smith was named CIS Rookie of the Year in 2012-13, a season in which he scored 17 points per game, along with 7 rebounds and 4.4 assists and led his team to a 13-7 regular season record.

Smith has been a leader since his basketball beginnings in Nova Scotia, playing with Citadel High in Halifax (under coaches Mark Parker and Ian McRae), and leading team Nova Scotia to a silver medal at the Canada Games in 2009.

DJ is due to sit out the mandatory year as a red shirt for the 2014-15 season.

Morrison is confident it will be worth the wait. "We will have to be patient and wait for one year to see him on Friday nights, but with a season in our practice system to develop his individual skills and learn how he can best fit with our system - he will be a worthy candidate to replace our current all-star Dwayne Harvey after his final season."


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Profile: Deontay 'DJ' Smith
Height: 6'0 
Position: Guard 
Hometown: North Preston, NS
Program: General Arts

High School: Citadel HS
Last team: UPEI Panthers

Achievements/Stats:

- CIS ROY in 2012-13.  (17.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.4 agp)
- AUS First Team All-Star 2012-13, 2013-14 
- Silver Medal for N.S. in the 2009 Canada Games
- 3 years eligibility remaining



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MEDIA:  For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Lakehead Sports Information Director, Hugh Mullally, at (807) 766-7157, or spinfo@lakeheadu.ca.
Lakehead University’s Athletics Department features a comprehensive Campus Recreation program across both its Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario campuses. Working hard to promote a healthy and active campus lifestyle, Campus Recreation provides a great selection of outdoor and indoor intramurals with its C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (containing a 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves' Den fitness centre, 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas) and the 50,000 square foot ‘Hangar’ building (an athletic facility home to a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, as well as the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic) .

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Hugh Mullally
Sports Information Director
Lakehead University Athletics
Office: 807 766 7157

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Poirer 3rd in LU's 2014 Class

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Lakehead University Athletics Department

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Men's Basketball Welcomes Michael Poirier
Mississauga guard arrives via Kiski prep and Elev8 Sports Institute
May 7, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
Coach Scott Morrison of the men's basketball team is pleased to announce the commitment of Michael Poirier, of Mississauga, Ontario. 

The freshman 6'5" wing player arrives via Kiski prep (Pennsylvania) as well as Elev8 Sports Institute (Florida).

Says Poirier, "I'm very excited to be a part of one of the strongest CIS basketball programs in the country, and I'm looking forward to playing in front of the most energetic crowd in the nation. I'm proud to finally be a member of the Thunderwolves family."

Poirier has also spent time on the AAU circuit with Grassroots Canada (Amateur Athletic Union).

Coach Morrison's effort to return his Thunderwolves to prominence in the OUA takes another step forward with the addition of Poirier. As Morrison states, "We're excited about Mike's potential as a big wing and outside shooting threat. He has some excellent players to develop alongside in practice and we hope he will emerge as a solid long term player for our program."

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Profile: Michael Poirier

Height: 6'5"
Position: Wing
Hometown: Mississauga, Ont.

Points per game: 15.0 (50% FG)
GPA: 3.8

Previous teams: Kiski prep (Penn.), Elev8 Sports Institute (Fla.), Grassroots Canada (AAU)


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MEDIA:  For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Lakehead Sports Information Director, Hugh Mullally, at (807) 766-7157, or spinfo@lakeheadu.ca.
Lakehead University’s Athletics Department features a comprehensive Campus Recreation program across both its Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario campuses. Working hard to promote a healthy and active campus lifestyle, Campus Recreation provides a great selection of outdoor and indoor intramurals with its C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse (containing a 15,000 square foot Thunderdome gymnasium, state-of-the-art Wolves' Den fitness centre, 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, Kinesiology labs, squash court, and change rooms complete with saunas) and the 50,000 square foot ‘Hangar’ building (an athletic facility home to a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, climbing wall, weight training, aerobic and cardio areas, as well as the University’s Sports Medicine Clinic) .

Friday, May 2, 2014

Hogan to Transfer to Lakehead U in 2014

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Lakehead University Athletics Department

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Ashaunti Hogan Joins Thunderwolves
Second recruit for 2014-15 offers outside shooting
May 2, 2014 — Thunder Bay, Ont.
Coach Scott Morrison and the men's basketball program is pleased to welcome their second commitment for the 2014-15 campaign: Ashaunti Hogan of Vancouver, B.C.

The 6'1" guard will help address some of the Thunderwolves' shooting needs, having shot 37% from 3-point range during his two years at Red Deer College. Hogan will be ready to play right away with the 'Wolves, with 3 years of eligibility remaining.

Says Hogan, "Before being contacted by [assistant] Coach Erdman last fall, Lakehead was already on my list of schools because I knew the team's history of winning and I wanted to be a part of that. I'm ready to do whatever is asked of me to help bring a CIS Championship to Lakehead University."

Coach Morrison adds, "One of the target areas for improvement on our roster this summer was outside shooting. Ashaunti brings an immediate boost to our 3-point shooting and floor spacing abilities. Over time I believe he will develop into an excellent combo guard that can excel both with and away from the ball."

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Profile: Ashaunti Hogan
Height: 6'1" 
Position: Guard 
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Program: General Arts

Last team played for: Red Deer College Kings

Notable Figures:

- 37% career average from 3-pt line
- Averaged double figure scoring both seasons at Red Deer College 
- 3 years eligibility remaining

Addy Ogunye to Join Thunderwolves

Addy Ogunye Commits to Lakehead

May 1st, 2014

Author: Hugh Mullally
Coach Scott Morrison confirmed Thursday what has been buzzing around basketball social media earlier this week. Addy Ogunye, of Brampton, Ontario, and the St. Margerite d'Youville Panthers has committed to Lakehead University.
 
Ogunye, a 6'4" forward whose game has developed rapidly, went through his high school career under the guidance of coach Carlo Zoffranieri, who played 139 games from '94 to '99 in a Lakehead uniform.
 
Zoffranieri notes, "Addy has improved his overall game tremendously over his 5 years at d'Youville. He will bring defense, rebounding, athleticism and improved perimeter play to the Thunderwolves next year.  He is a dedicated, responsible and respectful student athlete who has been a valuable member of our school community. He will be a great addition to the varsity program next season at Lakehead."
 
Other players to come through Zoffranieri's system include the NBA's Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and noted OUA All-Star Warren Ward (Ottawa U).
 
Addy was part of the d'Youville Panthers team that placed 4th in the 'AAAA' OFSAA championships this year.
 
Morrison adds, "We feel Addy has one of the highest ceilings for development of any player we have added to our roster in recent years. He has a rapidly expanding offensive game and a excellent natural ability on defense. We are most excited about his work ethic, his personal character and the fact that he has graduated from one of the most well coached high school programs in the province."
 
Panthers
 
Profile: Addy Ogunye
Height: 6'4" 
Position: Wing 
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario
Program: Kinesiology
 
Last team played for: St. Margerite D'Youville S.S. Panthers
 
Notable achievements: Peel All Star 2012, multiple tournament all-stars and MVPs in GTA elite tournaments.
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Last Edited: May 1st, 2014