By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College men’s basketball team has announced the addition of some top recruits transferring from OUA programs.
Patrick Donnelly (Oakville) and Eric Ducharme (Espanola) have both committed to play for the Saints in 2015-16, bringing with them experience and size to the frontcourt.
The 6’ 8” Donnelly is a Wilfrid Laurier graduate who earned the OUA West Rookie of the Year Award in the 2010-11 season, starting his four seasons as a forward for the Golden Hawks. Donnelly will be taking the Paralegal – Accelerated program at St Clair.
He averaged nearly 10 points per game at Laurier to go with 6.6 rebounds per game and attended Abbey Park High School in Oakville, before playing a year of Prep ball at Proctor Academy in New Hampshire.
“I am really excited to add Patrick to our program as he will assume a major leadership role this upcoming season,” said head coach Luc Stevenson. “Having known him since he was 7 years old, I am quite certain his maturity level will be a great asset.”
Ducharme played two season at Laurention University in Sudbury, and comes to St Clair to take the Power Engineering Technology – Mechanical program. The 6’ 5” forward played his high school years at Timmins, helping his team to a top-4 finish at OFSAA in 2009.
These top end recruits will join Saints returning players 5’ 10” point guard Max Reiner (Amherstburg), 6’ 4” forward Todd Girard (Amherstburg), 5’ 10” guard Charles Baskin (Detroit), and 6’ 5” forward Tom Brady (Chatham).
Considerations to return for next season also include 5’ 11” shooting guard Alex Seguin (LaSalle) and 6’ 8” forward Isiah McConney (London).
The rookie head coach also named Ahmad El-Osta as an assistant coach to the men’s program after spending the last three seasons on the bench with highly successful Catholic Central High School. During that time the Comets won a pair of Gold Medals at OFSAA AAA along with a Silver Medal.
He has also been involved with the junior girls team at Catholic Central as head coach in 2013, two years as head coach of St Clair Region OBA Development Team from 2012 to 2014, assistant coach of the Grade 7-8 Boys Core City Hoops, from 2011 to present, and assistant coach of senior boys and girls at Kennedy High School from 2010 through 2012.
He has also coached elementary level basketball for both girls and boys at David Suzuki Elementary School and Forest Glade Elementary School.
El-Osta currently teaches at An-Noor Islamic School, here in Windsor, and owns a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History along with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor, with additional qualifications in Physical Education.
“I am honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to join coach Stevenson and the Saints basketball family,” stated El-Osta. “I am fully committed to helping build not just a provincial contender but a national contender on a yearly basis. Saints fans should expect nothing but hard work and dedication from our program.”