(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair men’s basketball team has secured for the 2018-19 season one of their largest recruiting classes in recent history. Of the six incoming players signed, four are transfer athletes, including a pair from the Michigan junior college ranks.
Headlining the incoming group are 6’ 1” guard David Gomez Jr of Pontiac, MI, and 6’ 5” swing player Daelyn Davis, out of Romulus, MI.
Gomez is a Lake Orion high school product and spent the last two years playing for Macomb CC in Warren. He will make an immediate impact with his strength and speed.
“Gomez is versatile point guard who brings a defense first mentality, is a good passer, and can score at the rim,” said co-head coach Brendon Seguin. “We are looking for David to make an impact from day one.”
Davis graduated from Renaissance High School in Detroit and played a year for Oakland CC in Auburn Hills, in 2016-17, followed by a year at Kellogg CC at Battle Creek last year.
“Davis is an athletic wing who can guard all five positions,” said co-head coach Matt Sykes. “We think Daelyn can help improve our overall team rebounding and defense immediately.”
Another transfer who will make a good impression with his experience will be 6’ 5” swing man Ian Smart from Chatham. Smart played two years for the University of Western Ontario, capping his time there with 8.2ppg during his second campaign for the Mustangs in 2016-17.
“Ian adds a veteran presence to the roster,” said Seguin. “He will make an impact on both ends of the floor and be a key leader for our team.”
Local product Dallas Akins of Sandwich Secondary comes home after a year at the University of British Columbia and spending a season with their track and field team as a high jumper. The 6’ 4” guard will add more athleticism to the Saints backcourt.
“Dallas is a very good athlete with a high upside,” said Sykes. “We look for him to bring athleticism and perimeter shooting to the wing position and, with continued work, Dallas can be a key figure in the coming years.”
Another pair of guards from out of town will be joining the Saints this year.
A 6’ 2” Sarnia native, Blake Butler, and 6’ 4” Londoner, Javonte Mitchell will join St Clair in the fall.
“Blake is a high IQ guard with a tremendous work ethic and attention to detail,” according to Seguin. “His decision making gives him the potential to be a factor in year one.” Sykes said that, “Javonte is a strong wing who can handle the ball and score in the paint. He will add a strong rebounding presence on both ends of the court.”
After a year off former WECSSAA champion and Holy Names all-city shooting guard Khodr Ahmad could also be in the fold this coming season for the Saints.
Returning to the Saints roster this season will be veteran guards Ali Mansour, Nik Veigli, and Juwan Lynch, and forwards Glynn Willis-Paris, Gil Atencio, and TJ Howard.
The St Clair program will begin the pre-season schedule on September 26 when they host the University of Windsor at the SportsPlex. The Saints start West Division regular season play with a road game at the Sheridan Bruins, the defending OCAA bronze medalists.