Bears basketball adds five to 2020 recruiting class

    Owen Weaver, Ethan Egert, Logan Powell, Ben Onyenwosa, and Noah Julien joining Golden Bears basketball

    May 18, 2020

    Golden Bears Basketball is proud to announce the addition of five new recruits for the 2020-2021 season. This group of graduating high school student-athletes bring a terrific mix of size, athleticism, and skill to the program, and will be counted on to add depth and energy to a Bears roster already laden with veteran talent.

     

    Four of the five new faces played their high school basketball in Alberta, with Owen Weaver (Edmonton), Ethan Egert (Medicine Hat), Logan Powell (Edmonton), and Ben Onyenwosa (Chestermere) staying close to home. Noah Julien (Toronto, ON) rounds out the group of youngsters hoping to make an impact with the Green & Gold.

     

    The five recruits announced on Monday join Bryce Solis, who joined the program in April. 

     

    Owen Weaver

    Position: Guard

    Height: 6-3

    High School: Harry Ainlay High School

    Hometown: Edmonton, AB

     

    Weaver was a member of the U17 Alberta Provincial Team in 2018 and 2019, and helped Harry Ainlay to a 4A ASAA Provincial Championship in 2017.

     

    Head coach Barnaby Craddock:

    "Owen’s toughness, high skill level, and work ethic will carry over directly to university-level basketball. He is a warrior on the court and really fits into our Golden Bears culture. He plays hard on both ends of the court, and will develop into one of the league’s toughest defenders."

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    Ethan Egert

    Position: Forward

    Height: 6-7

    High School: Medicine Hat High School

    Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB

     

    Egert was dominant throughout his career at Hat High, finishing as the all-time leader in points and rebounds in Mohawks history. In 2019-20, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Alberta South Zone and led the league in scoring.

     

    Why did you choose the University of Alberta?

    “The U of A is a top school in the country in both in athletics and academics. With an excellent coaching staff and facilities, they have a winning atmosphere surrounding the team.”

     

    Head coach Barnaby Craddock:

    "Ethan has deep shooting range, ability to play inside and out, and at 6’7 will become a load as he grows into his frame and gets used to the university game. He is very well-coached coming out of Medicine Hat High School, where Chad Watson does a terrific job."

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    Logan Powell

    Position: Guard

    Height: 6-1

    High School: Harry Ainlay High School
    Hometown: Edmonton, AB

     

    Powell was a member of the U17 Alberta Provincial Team in 2019 where he led the National Tournament in three-pointers made. He also won a 4A Provincial Championship with the Titans in 2017, and had a decorated high school career with multiple tournament championships and all-star awards.

     

    What are your goals for your career with the Golden Bears?

    “My goal is to win as many Canada West Championships as possible, and compete for the National Championship every year. I want to help the team win night in and night out, while growing into a respected leader.”

     

    Head coach Barnaby Craddock:

    "Logan shoots the ball at an elite level. Coming out of Harry Ainlay, he has a high basketball IQ, and once he adjusts to the U SPORTS game he will become a deadly perimeter threat."

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    Ben Onyenwosa

    Position: Guard

    Height: 6-4

    High School: St. Gabriel the Archangel

    Hometown: Chestermere, AB

     

    Onyenwosa is a multiple-time Athlete of the Year winner at St. Gabriel and is an honour roll student. In 2019, St. Gabriel won its first City Championship in school history – thanks in large part to the leadership and talent of Onyenwosa.

     

    What are your goals for your career with the Golden Bears?

    “I wish to contribute and learn as part of one of the best programs in Canada. Through hard work I am looking to improve both physically and mentally while becoming an impactful leader who can inspire others.”

     

    Head coach Barnaby Craddock:

    "Ben has potential to be a crowd favourite for years to come. He joins us from a smaller school and is a little more under the radar. But his tremendous skill, athleticism, and upside caught our attention and we are excited to see what the upcoming years hold for him as a Golden Bear."

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    Noah Julien

    Position: Forward

    Height: 6-8

    High School: Southwest Academy

    Hometown: Toronto, ON

     

    Julien was part of a successful high school program at Southwest, where they won multiple tournaments over the course of his career. Southwest also was a AAA OFSAA semi-finalist in 2018.

     

    Why did you choose the University of Alberta?

    “I chose U of A because of the great basketball program and their academic excellence. I’m looking forward to the campus life and experiencing a part of Canadian culture that I have never seen before.”

     

    Head coach Barnaby Craddock:

    "Noah is long, athletic, and has a great upside. He plays above the rim and we are excited to see him reach his long-term potential. Noah has the ability to become a legitimate force in the paint for the Golden Bears."