Basketball: What's next for Carleton

The Ottawa Citizen's excellent Wayne Kondro has a what's-next piece on the Carleton Ravens, who as you know, lose five-year standouts Aaron Doornekamp, Rob Saunders and Stu Turnbull to graduation. (Their impact is pretty much impossible to sum up in a sentence or two.)

It woudn't do to piggyback on Wayne's reporting and writing, since I'll try to have a take and not suck in the Ottawa Sun later this week. Here's some bullet points:
  • Carleton has five rotation players back: Kevin McCleery in the post, forwards Kyle Smendziuk and Cole Hobin at the 3-4 spots, Elliot Thompson as the 2-guard and Mike Kenny running the point.
  • Two HoopStars Canada Top 50 players from Kingston, 6-foot-8 centre/power forward Owen Klassen and 6-5 swingman Greg Faulkner, are also mentioned as possibilities; Smart says "as far as he knows" C

    . Klassen and Faulkner are the No. 2 power forward and No. 7 small forward, respectively.

    Oddly enough, like the Kingston trio, both are from the west-end schools in the Kingston high school league. Klassen attended Bayridge, Faulkner went to Holy Cross.
  • At least two people who would know told me during the Final 8 that Carleton is likely to get forward Tyson Hinz (ranked No. 4 in Canada at his position), who led the St. Matthew's Tigers to a 45-1 season and the Ontario AAA title. Twin guards Kyle and Scott Ring are also in the mix.
  • Some of you probably noticed that Willy Manigat, who was a valuable seventh man on Ottawa's national semi-finalist team in 2006-07, was sitting on Carleton's bench during recent games; he has three years' eligibility remaining if he gets his schoolwork in order.

    Manigat averaged 5.1 points in 13 minutes per game for the '06-07 Gee-Gees and also led them in three-point shooting (.455).
  • Guards Anthony Ashe and Luke Chapman are waiting in the wings.
Ravens lose big three, but coach still likes chances (Wayne Kondro, Canwest News Service)
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  1. If what Mr. Kondro has reported is true...and his track record is pretty sounds like a boat load of new people are coming to CU this fall.
    The Ring Bros., Hinz, Manigat, Klassen et al....very good haul.
    But only three players are graduating.
    About twice that number are coming in....where does that leave guys like Derek McConnery and Dan Penner?
    Someone seems destined to be the odd man out.

  2. I heard from more than a few people that Algonquin College's three point bomber Charlie Spurr intends to play for Carleton this fall.
    I wonder if somebody could confirm this story.

  3. That would be interesting. I spoke to Smart on Tuesday night and he said if the Rings come, they'd likely be redshirts.

    I've had 2 sources say Hinz is going, but Dave said it's Carleton and McGill as he as he knows, and as far as he knows Klassen and Faulkner are each down to their last 3 with Carleton still in the mix.

    Charly Spurr, huh? I had not heard that one. I confess I don't follow the college league too much, but that would be something else.

  4. I read in a Vancouver paper one of the stars in their highschool championships a 6 5 G/F is coming to Carleton . Can 't remember name . He may think twice if he reads this blog .