After almost three weeks of tryouts and formal practices, Mount Allison University's Mounties Men’s basketball team is on the verge of beginning the 2019-20 season!! With an aggressive exhibition schedule of controlled scrimmages and games against both CCAA and U SPORTS opponents, the Mounties play their first ACAA league game of the season on November 2nd at St. Thomas University, Fredericton.
Mounties Men's Basketball host ACAA rival, the Crandall Chargers, on
Sept 25th; 7:15 p.m. for a controlled scrimmage at the
Mount A Athletic Centre
Garnet and gold travel to Montreal, Quebec and make Mounties Men's Basketball first ever appearance in the Dawson College Fall Classic basketball tournament. This 12- team field features many top CCAA programs in the country!!
After Thanksgiving, Mount Allison Mounties Basketball head to Fredericton; competing in St. Thomas University's 4-team Ken Gould Tournament from October 18th to 20th.
Mount Allison hosts perennial U SPORT power, UNB Varsity Reds at HOME COURT on October 24th and that final exhibition game will wrap up PRE SEASON for Mounties Men's Basketball of 2019-20.
In post holiday action of January 5th, 2020, Mounties Basketball host University of Maine's Machias Clippers on HOME COURT (Mount Allison University Athletic Centre, 50 York Street).
Mount A alumnus, Steve Chapman, returns as bench boss for his 36th year coaching Mounties
Chapman coached the Mounties Basketball team for eight years (1992-2000) consecutively. Three years ago he returned; guiding the Mounties to two consecutive second-place finishes in two league championship games of the parity filled ACAA conference. It was also the team’s first ever appearance at the CCAA National Championships (2016).
Also returning are Mounties assistant coaches; Gerard Reinders of Moncton and Mike MacDougall of Riverview. With a combined 30 years of coaching experience, these leaders are an integral part of the Mounties success the last three seasons.
This year’s 15-member squad will be looking to build on the program’s successes with 10 returning players and an impressive group of five newcomers to Garnet and Gold.
According to Chapman, “it is early to predict what we will be like this year, but we have tremendous potential to be right back in the thick of things. We lost a few key members from our program last year, no question, but the returning guys did their work over the off-season and we really like the new recruits. The Mounties men’s basketball team will be athletic and lengthy for sure and we like our versatility with many players being able to play more than one position. We maintain our philosophy of always having a large returning group and building the program with consistency. We graduated two players last year and for the 2019-20 season we only have three seniors. So, there is a core that has played together already and will continue to play together as a group over the next few years. We were very young last season but everyone returns a year older, a year stronger and the ACAA 2019-20 will be as balanced as it’s ever been during my involvement. It looks like everyone got better with key recruits and transfers, which is great for our league.”
Featured in the Mounties line up are a number of key returning players led by 5th year senior and captain, Mack Chisholm. The athleticism and experience of Chisholm allows him to play a number of positions on the floor and he has consistently been one of the league’s best rebounders and amongst one its most accurate FG percentage shooters.
Riverview’s Aram Currie returns for his third season in a leadership role, after coming off his finest year as a Mountie. The 6’3 shooting guard led the Mounties scoring last season! Currie is an ACAA, first team, All-Star for the 2018-19 season.
6’5 James French from Moncton, and former BMHS standout enters his 3rd season with the Mounties. French led rebounding for the Mounties Men's Basketball last season (2018-19); thus earning his rank in the TOP 3 of that category for the ACAA 2018-19 basketball. French is expected to play a wing and forward position this season; as well as, provide leadership as team Captain.
The Mounties 6’1 combo-guard, Brett Curtis, returns for his third year. A Harvey Station native, Curtis ranked second leading scorer in the 2018-19 Mount Allison Mounties men’s basketball season and despite an injury that kept him off the court in the teams last couple league games and the playoffs. This 2019-20 season, Curtis will be looked upon to play similarly as a combo-guard.
Trevor Schulz from Richmond, BC is also be a key returning player for the 2019-20 season. It was over a year ago Schultz was injured for most of the season and now our 6”5 forward returns healthy and will provide experience and depth up front for the Mounties; a leadership role.
Sam Pierson of Kingston, Ontario returning for the second season. One of the Mounties most versatile team members,during the 2018-19 season our 6’6 Pierson had a balanced season both offensively and defensively; earning him the MTA Mounties Rookie of the Year Award for men’s basketball.
After rookie season a year ago, Ite Adekeye of Calgary, Alberta returns and as an athletic, a very good defender and rebounder. Adekeye should see more minutes at the wing position from a year ago, as he gains more and more experience.
Rounding out the returning core of Mounties will be fourth year, 6’4 , Matthew Tanton of Summerside, PEI. Tanton among one of this season’s Captains, his aggressive defense and rebounding expects to bolster the team’s overall depth and size.
6’6 Zachary Boudreau of Sackville, NB is in his third season and should see improved minutes due to improved play over the off-season.
Bryden MacDonald is the 10th returning member for the Mounties. Our teams 6’5 Horton High School grad will once again be looked to improve over the course of the season and provide depth to the Mounties front court and wing position.
There are five new-comers to the Mounties Men’s Basketball program for 2019-20 season, all of which provide Mounties Men's Basketball a stronger team than a year ago.
6’6, 245 lb freshman, Diangelo Woodside from Nassau, Bahamas immediately showed added strength and athleticism in the Mounties forward position. Woodside attended Southside Baptist Christian High School in Richmond, Virginia and is very strong player and excellent rebounder.
Fredericton’s Noah McCarthy comes to Mount A after spending his freshman season with the U SPORTS, UNB Varsity Reds. McCarthy is a 6’1 former NBIAA High School All Star and Basketball New Brunswick (BNB) provincial team member who strengthens a solid backcourt for the Mounties and is expected to make an impact in this year’s overall team success with his ability to score and feisty competitiveness.
Also joining the back court is Emanuel Adugna from Toronto. Our 5’10 transfer combo guard, and graduate of Victoria Park High School, comes to the Mounties after a season with MUN. Adugna has the ability to really score the ball and facilitate offense; which will provide depth to the Mounties guard position.
While only 5’6, the Bernice MacNaughton High School’s standout guard Emmanual Octavious proved he stood out in the teams pre-season workouts. One of the team’s most athletic players and tenacious defenders, Octavious will play an important role in the teams overall offensive system and defensive attack.
Sackville’s Cohen Patterson, a gritty 6’1 shooting guard from the 2018-19 NBIAA Provincial Championship team, will serve in a red shirt capacity this year rounding out the Mounties mens basketball 15-member squad of the 2019-20 season.
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