"There is no doubt the depth of talent is increasing every year and spreading from coast to coast. Gone are the days when the University of Victoria takes seven titles in seven seasons, or when the Carleton Ravens could claim six in seven years. There is a level of parity in the game now perhaps unprecedented.Smith noted it didn't matter there were about 5,000 people at Scotiabank Place for the final, the passion was evident. He also noted on his blog:
" ... There may not have been a legitimate senior national team prospect among the eight teams here but that doesn't mean in a deepening talent pool there won't be.
" 'We've had some talks here this weekend with the CIS coaches and we want it to continue to grow," said (Canadian national) men's team coach Leo Rautins.
" 'Obviously, the best thing for Canada Basketball is the CIS gets bigger, deeper, stronger; because of the fact we don't have a pro league in this country, the CIS becomes that kind of model."
"I also think we need to write more about these kids and the programs and the teams. A one-off appearance was a good thing, I have to do a better job next season of doing more, there are lots of good stories out there that need to be told. Not game stories, per se, but stories about the people who play the game and the issues they face.Related:
"The thing I hear often when I suggest things like that – and this is from readers as much as it is from people in our industry – is that people don’t care.
"Well, how do we know?
"Do they not care because we don’t tell them? If we gave them more stories, would they care? It’s a chicken and egg thing in some regards and maybe it’s time we take the initiative and simply do it and see how everyone reacts."
Huskies have reason to howl; Saskatchewan's first men's basketball title comes amid period of great growth for CIS (Doug Smith, Toronto Star)
Lots of CIS stuff because it was a fun weekend (Doug Smith's Toronto Raptors Blog)