Hoop Mounties continue to bolster line up for upcoming ACAA season
The Mount Allison Men's Basketball team has added to its roster for the upcoming ACAA season with the announcement of Emmanuel Octavious and Diangelo Woodside committing to the garnet and gold this Fall.
Octavious is no stranger to the New Brunswick basketball scene, being a veteran player with Basketball New Brunswick age class teams including the NB Under 15 team and two years with the NB Under 17 teams including the 2017 Canada Games squad. Most recently, the 5'8", 160lb PG Emmanuel was an NBIAA All Star and a key member of the New Brunswick AAA Champions Bernice MacNaughton Highlanders this past season. "We're happy to bring in a player like Emmanuel who can develop within our program over the next few years and make us a stronger threat. He brings a number of different dimensions to his game, is a proven winner and it's always great to attract players who have championship experience."
Also joining the Mounties will be Diangelo Woodside from Nassau, Bahamas. Woodside, who played at Southside Baptist Christian High School in Richmond, Virginia, and more recently club teams in his native Bahamas, is a 6'6", 240lb power forward who is expected to add strength and depth to Mounties front court which already features 8 players between 6'4"-6'6". According to Chapman, "Diangelo should provide us with a nice physical presence inside as well as some veteran experience up front. He is very strong, athletic, works extremely hard, defends well and is a good rebounder. In this league it's nice to have a rim protector and that more physical presence inside against bigger teams."
Just a few weeks ago the Mounties announced the commitments from two players. Fredericton's Noah McCarthy, a 6'1" combo guard who is transferring from the USPORT UNB Varsity Reds, and Emanuel Adugna, a 5'10" PG from Toronto, Ontario will also be joining the Mounties this Fall. Said Chapman, "we are really pleased to add four quality individuals next year, not only to replace a few holes in our roster from graduating players this past year, but to add to the strength of our returning players, many of which have 2-3 years remaining with us. I think this sets us up to be very competitive and successful over the next several years in the ACAA."
The Mounties will once again compete in the 7 team parity filled ACAA with an 18 game schedule. The team's exhibition schedule will feature a trip to Montreal to participate in the Dawson College Tournament October 4-6, attendance at the Ken Gould Tournament at St. Thomas University October 18-20, and hosting the USPORT UNB Varsity Reds on October 24. League play commences November 2, 2019.