WATERLOO, Ont. (August 16, 2017)- Head Coach JUSTIN SERRESSE
of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team has added eight new faces to their roster for the 2017-18 season.
Going on his second season with the purple and gold, Head Coach JUSTIN SERRESSE
has brought in six forwards and two guards to join a group that finished second in the West, with a 9-11 record on the regular season. These new additions include Ben Stevens
, Ali Sow
, Kemel Archer
, Jack Demaree
, Goran Veselinovic
, Jordan Kenning
, Vincent Carriere
and Adnan Begovic
Leading the roster is Stevens, a fiery power forward from Halifax, N.S., who stands at 6-8 and weighs 200 lbs. Stevens had a successful season with the club team B-East Coach, winning the 2016 U17 National Champions.
“After being highly recruited by many USPORTS teams, we are excited that Ben has committed to be a Golden Hawk" said Serresse. “Ben will bring size and athleticism to the power forward position, something we did not have last season. We are confident that he will have a great impact on our team".
Sow, a 6-1, 185lbs. point guard, will be joining Laurier from his former team Ottawa Next Level in Ottawa, Ont. Sow achieved outstanding statistics from the championship game at the St-Laurent Express Tournament Championship that generated much buzz in the basketball community. By obtaining 32 points, four rebounds and four assists Sow pushed the team to finish first place in the Juvenile division.
Serresse, who has previously coached Sow for two years in Ottawa, reflected on Sow as a “natural shooter who is always able to finish the job at the rim”. Serresee further commented, “Ali will be able to play both the scoring guard and the point guard which will keep Kokko fresh for games. He will have a significant impact in his first season”.
Prior to his university career, Kemel Archer
played for Canadore College where he almost averaged a double-double and received the award for the Most Improved Player last season. Weighing in at 200lbs. and standing 6-5 tall, this Brampton, Ont. native will be extremely complimentary to the team roster.
"Kemel is an outstanding athlete” stated Serresse. “The coaching staff is confident that he will be able to contribute right away on and off the court as he already demonstrated great work ethic during the summer". Jack Demaree
hails from Tillsonburg, Ont. where he played for the club team London CYO. Standing at 6-6 and weighing in at 180lbs., this player will be a great addition to the team similar to his father who also played for Laurier’s basketball team in the 80’s.
Serresse reflected on his plans for Demaree stating, “We would like to develop Jack as a great two-way wing player since he already has unbelievable bounce and 3pt shots. We think he will surprise a lot of people in years to come”.
From Hamilton, Ont. Laurier also is adding Goran Veselinovic
, who weighs in at 190lbs. and stands at 6-3. During his time on the court, he was able to win two Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conferences Championships.
Reflecting on the time he coached against Veselinovic’s previous team, Serresse stated “Goran is a scrappy wing player who has the ability to get really hot shots from the 3pt line. He is a very smart player that is willing to do anything in order for his team to win the game, I think he will bring great intensity in practice and in games”.
Standing at a staggering 6-10 and weighing in at 220lbs., Laurier added Kenning from Kitchener, Ont. to the roster. From reviewing his time playing for his prior team the Waterloo Wolverines, this power forward is bound to make an impact on the court.
Serresse refers to Kenning as a “hardworking athlete that will greatly contribute to the team”. Vincent Carriere
, from London, Ont., is another player the team was lucky to recruit. Previously playing for Southwest Academy and the London Ramblers, the 6-1, 175lbs. guard that will positively diversify the team.
“Vincent is another scrappy guard that will bring a great work ethic and IQ to the team” stated Serresse.
Power forward Adnan Begovic
from Mississauga, Ont. was the final recruit for the 2017-18 season. Weighing 208lbs. and standing at 6-7, the former Lincoln Prep player will be a great addition to the team.
Serresse commented on the player’s ability stating “Adnan will bring a great shot to our power forward position. His height will act as a great asset inside that will mix well with other athletes on the court”.
Every player that has been recruited will have the opportunity to show their abilities to Serresse at the team’s next exhibition game against Laval on September 28th. The game is set for an 8:00p.m. start at the Laurier Athletic Complex.
- Written by Meghan Daniels