Basketball: USF transfer highlights Western's class

  • Kenny Perry, 6-foot point guard (University of San Francisco transfer, native of Halifax) — Perry becomes eligible to play after sitting out a season after transferring from USF, a West Coast Conference call (same conference as Gonzaga). Three seasons ago, he averaged 14.9 and 6.5 assists for well-regarded coach Andy Hertzog at Vanier College in the CEGEP AAA league. This is two years old, but here's one assessment of Perry's potential:
    "Perry is probably a good reserve. He doesn’t have a lot of game, but he can come in, move the ball around and play some defense."
    Matt Curtis' graduation created an opening at the 1-spot. Perry could be an option there along with 5-foot-10 third-year guard Ryan Barbeau.

    Kenny Perry's dad, Fred Perry, played for Brian Heaney's Saint Mary's teams in the early 1970s (pardon the young guy for not knowing if he was on the Huskies' '72-73 national championship team). His brother, Fred Jr., definitely won at least one national title playing at St. FX for Steve Konchalski in the early 2000s. Talk about a ready-made feature story if the Mustangs return to the Final 8 this season.
  • Zacharay Angus, 6-1 guard (Hamilton St. Mary's/Blessed Sacrament club team) — According to Western's release, Angus is expected to be an "immediate impact" player. His club team won gold and bronze medals the past two springs.
  • Greg Edelsward, 6-6 forward (Burlington Aldershot) — Put him down as a potential glue guy, since the release called him "gritty."
  • Joshua Robertson, 6-7 forward (St. George's School) — Robertson was nails in the B.C. AAA title game last March, hooping 24 points from inside and out as the St. George's Saints survived a white-knuckle ride to beat Vancouver College by one point. (P.S. Only in Canada would you see "three-point goals" make it into print.)

    Between Perry and Robertson, Western coach Brad Campbell has one recruit from the East Coast and one from the West Coast.
Another question to be answered for the two-time OUA West champs is whether forward Keenan Jeppesen will return for his fifth and final year of eligibility. Western is a different team with Jeppesen on the floor.
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  1. Who besides Curtis does Western lose to graduation?
    If no other starter is gone, then I have to say the Mustangs must be favoured to win the OUA this year
    They were 19-3 last season and came oh so close to beating Carleton.
    With the Ravens taking a big hit in terms of graduation, I think the balance of power may go to Western.

  2. Wrong. In today's Lfreep, Coach Campbell says no starter is back. If that's the case, Western may not go .500. I like Windsor, Mac, Laurier and possibly Waterloo to compete for the West title.

  3. Alex B got his degree, still had one year of eligibility. Smith, Laforme, Curtis and Milliquet (sp) eligibility all gone. Jepesrson probably got his Masters too.

    Wedemire and Alexiuk will be solid up front. Perry is over-rated I think.

  4. Wedemire, Alexiuk, Barbeau & Perry make a decent core lineup. The depth seems to be an issue. I'm looking for Western to go 11-11. Maybe worse if they lose any of these 4 to injury.

  5. Fred Perry Jr. won 2 CIS titles with the Xmen in 99-00 and 00-01.