Bears BB unveils impressive 2018 recruiting class

    By Connor Hood on September 10, 2018

    Coming off a Canada West silver medal and their second-consecutive trip to the U SPORTS National Championship, the Golden Bears Basketball program has announced their recruiting and freshman class for the upcoming season. 

    Six first-year Golden Bears will join the club for the 2018/19 Canada West season, while a pair of red-shirt freshman will also see action for Barnaby Craddock's squad. The unveiling of the talented first-year class is combined with the return of Canada West and U SPORTS all-star forward Brody Clarke, former all-rookie team member Andre Kelly, as well as third-year forward Cole Knudsen and fourth-year guards Dwan Williams and Ivan Ikomey

    The Golden Bears open their season with the annual Golden Bears Invitational on October 19th, followed by the Canada West opener on October 25th at Saville Community Sorts Centre. 

    2018 Recruits/Freshmen

    Name: Lars Ishimwe (@lars_ish)
    Hometown: 
    Edmonton, AB
    Position: 
    Guard
    Height: 
    6-3
    Previous Team: 
    Harry Ainlay High School 
    Notes:
    - 4A High School Provincial Champion (2018)
    Barnaby Craddock: "
    I’m not sure if he is the fastest guy in the country pushing the ball in the full court, but he is in that conversation.  And as a freshman that gives our coaching staff a great glimpse into Lars' upside and future potential."

    Name: Tyus Jefferson (@Little_Tyus)
    Hometown: Herriman, UT
    Position: Guard
    Height: 6-0
    Previous Team: Treasure Valley Community College
    Notes: 
    - NWAC All-Eastern Second Team All-Star & All-Defensive Team Member (2018)
    Barnaby Craddock: "We are hopeful Tyus can be one of the key team members to replace some of the contributors we have lost to graduation. Tyus is an intelligent, fast, pass-first point guard who we think will fit in well with our returning core."

    Name: Adam Paige (@adampaige_)
    Hometown: Surrey, BC
    Position: Forward
    Height: 6-8
    Previous Team: Semiahmoo Secondary
    Notes: 
    - Member of Team BC at Canada Summer Games
    - Invited to Team Canada U18 selection camp (2018)
    - 4A Provincial Tournament First-Team All-Star and Best Defensive Player (2018)
    Barnaby Craddock: "Adam is a very skilled basketball player, and has the talent and size to play multiple positions for us.  We expect Adam to use his versatile skill set to create match-up problems for our opponents from day one."

    Name: Geoffrey James (g3james_)
    Hometown: Edmonton, AB
    Position: Guard
    Height: 6’1
    Previous Team: St. Francis Xavier High School
    Notes: 
    - Member of Team Alberta (2016)
    - Metro Edmonton High School Champion (2017-18)
    Barnaby Craddock:  "Geoffrey was as studious a redshirt as we have had in the program. He learned a lot about basketball last year, and also worked hard on his game over the summer. Geoffrey is ready to make a solid contribution to the program during his freshman year."

    Name: Brandon Meiklejohn (@brando.6)
    Hometown: Edmonton, AB
    Position: Guard
    Height: 6-1
    Previous Team: Harry Ainlay High School 
    Notes:
    - 4A High School Provincial Champion (2018)
    Barnaby Craddock: "Brandon fits in perfectly with our program.  He is a fantastic local student-athlete who already shoots the ball at an elite level."

    Name: Shol Ayach (@shol_ayach) 
    Hometown: Calgary, AB
    Position: Guard
    Height: 6-4
    Previous Team: Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
    Notes: 
    - Member of Team Saskatchewan U17
    Barnaby Craddock: "Shol shows some intangibles on the court that have impressed our coaching staff.  A team-first attitude and an athletic defensive mindset bode well for his development in our program."

    Name: Avery Hutcheson (@Hutcheson_)
    Hometown: Calgary, AB
    Position: Guard
    Height: 6-0
    Previous Team: Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
    Barnaby Craddock: "Avery is a gritty, competitive guard who makes his teammates better.  He will push his teammates to get better every day in practice as he has a tremendous work ethic."

    Name: Hugo Cluysen (@hugocluysen)
    Hometown: Venizel, France
    Position: Forward
    Height: 6-7
    Previous Team: JDA Dijon
    Notes:
    - French U16 National Team Member
    Barnaby Craddock: "Hugo is a skilled ball handler for someone with his height and size.  He is a crafty player who plays well off the bounce and does well to create shots for his teammates."