Basketball: Brock expects to have two frosh starters

The St. Catharines Standard detailed Brock's recruiting class. Suffice to say, the Ken Murray's Badgers will likely be far and away the OUA West's youngest team, with three sophomores and two freshmen in the starting five. Brock should have only one player next season who's beyond his third year of eligibility.
  • Clinton Springer-Williams, 6-foot-5 swingman (London Regina Mundi) — Springer-Williams is pencilled in to start as the third guard alongside Brock's sophomore duo of Didi Mukendi and Joel Whitty. Check out the quote Badgers coach Ken Murray gave to The Standard about Springer-Williams:
    "He's probably going to be the most exciting player we've had in our lineup in a long, long, time."
    Springer-Williams, a HoopStars Canada top 50 player, had a tryout for Canada's junior national team, drew NCAA D-1 interest from the likes of Davidson, which had its Cinderella run to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament in 2008 — not unlike Brock did in the Final 8, eh.

  • Brian Nahimana, 6-9 forward (London Montcalm) — Nahimana, who was also in the HoopStars top 50, is expected to be a shot blocker in the mould of Gord Wood, who was a force on Brock's great teams in the early 1990s (that era peaked with Murray's first national title in 1992). Nahimana boasts an 86-inch wingspan, which will come in handy, especially since Brock seems to prefer using a lineup with only one true big (based on the way their '08 team played).

  • Andrew Cicuttini, 6-6 forward, Dundas Parkside — City all-star in Hamilton last season who helped Parkside reach OFSAA three seasons in a row.

  • Riley Halpin, 6-7 forward (Halifax Citadel) — Halpin also offers some shot-blocking acumen and will probably be eventually looked at to replacing the inside scoring of Owen White, the '08 Final 8 MVP who finished his career this past season.

  • Nathan Samuels, 5-11 guard, Brantford Assumption — The buzzword with Samuels would be seem to be quickness; Mukendi and Springer-Williams are pretty fast too.

  • Anto Raic, 6-7 forward, Welland Notre Dame — Perimeter threat who's billed as an under-the-radar game. Oddly enough, he's about the same height and plays the same position as McMaster's Cam Michaud, another player out of Ontario's fruit belt.

  • Alex Reis, 6-4 guard, Hamilton Cathedral — Another perimeter threat, out of a well-regarded sports school in the Hammer.
London star headlines talented and deep recruiting class (Bernie Pulchaski, The St. Catharines Standard)
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  1. Nice group. They are still very young and wonder if Coach Murray will be around in three years when they are REALLY good?

  2. This is a fine class...but with any recruiting class....they have to stick around for a few years to make a huge impact. I seriously doubt that you can win at this level with 1st and 2nd year players.

  3. I was wondering if Murray will still be coaching in 2-3 years or retired.

  4. I think Brock's immediate goal for this season is to qualify for the playoffs.
    Anything after that is gravy.