Much vaunted forward Tyson Hinz of Orleans according to Hoopstars Canada, is committed to Carleton, meaning the most-feted player in the city is staying home for his collegiate career (and, shades of a certain man who played the same position and wore No. 42, he helped his school win an OFSAA title in his final season)
Six-foot-5 swingman Greg Faulkner out of Kingston, also a Hoopstars Canada top 50 player, is headed to Carleton, the Kingston Whig-Standard reported this morning. The Ravens got two of the three top-50 players from Eastern Ontario, since 6-foot-8 post Owen Klassen from Kingston Bayridge committed to Acadia.
No one you need any reminder that Hinz' decision was probably the most closely watched in Ottawa basketall circles. He led his St. Matthew Tigers to a 45-1 season and the Ontario AAA title. His dad, Will Hinz, was a superb player at McGill during the 1980s, where he has a Rhodes Scholar at McGill, which sparked talk his son would follow in his footsteps, plus Redmen coach Craig Norman has often recruited in the Ottawa area (Orleans' Kevin Dulude was the lynchpin when Norman had RMC playing winning basketball in the first half of the 2000s.)
Faulkner's club coaches with the Kingston Impact were Rob Smart Sr. and Duncan Cowan, the Queen's coaches. His literary namesake should concoct such a subplot.
"Duncan and Rob have done a lot for me to get me where I am. It's just that I want to move on and try something different." — Faulkner, via The Whig sports editor Mike KoreenThe estimable Koreen also caught up with Acadia-bound post player Owen Klassen, who played club ball with Faulkner on the Kingston Impact and against him in high school. Klassen's high school coach at Bayridge Secondary, Geoff Stewart, told The Whig:
"Owen can make a significant impact. I've compared him to Aaron Doornekamp. He has a similar skill set, he's tall and co-ordinated and he can play inside and outside like Aaron."Evidently, every 6-foot-7ish kid who can shoot the three and pass out double-teams is going to be held to that standard.
(Cross-posted to Out of Left Field; thanks to a commenter for the hook-up on Hinz.)