Lancers To Benefit From Strong Recruiting Class

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Though it is now summer, and the 2015-16 OUA men’s basketball season is fast approaching, Lancers head coach Chris Oliver hasn’t been resting on the laurels of another successful season. Oliver had been out beating the bushes to add more talent to his top-rated Windsor squad.

Joining the core of Mitch Farrell, Alex Campbell, and Mike Rocca are five prospects who are expected to add another dimension to the team.

“We believe we have added some significant talent and are excited for the coming season with these player’s on board,” said Oliver. “We wanted to get a good core of young players and we wanted to get as much size as possible from this class.”

Isiah Osborne is a home-grown addition from Kennedy Collegiate. The 6’ 5” guard is considered to be one of the highest ranked players in the province from the last season. Osborne is strong at both ends of the floor and displayed his skills as the only local player earning an all-star nod during the Lancers high school invitational last year.

Ian Smart joins the Lancers after leading the Chatham-Kent Golden Hawks to their first ever Lambton-Kent championship. Smart, a 6’ 5” guard, was also presented with the Dave Allin award as LKSSAA’s most valuable player as he averaged a double-double in points and rebounds each game for the Hawks.

Oliver expects Smart to fit in well with the Lancers and points to his leadership and competitiveness as beneficial to Windsor.

Joining the Lancers from Sir Frederick Banting in London is Micah Kirubel. The guard stands 6’ 1” and was named Mr Basketball in the Forest City last season. Oliver believes that Kirubel is able to make others around him better players and shows passion both on and off the court. Kirubel earned the Ted Early Award for his acedemic marks and his contributions in the community.

The Lancers will be large up front with the addition of Pim Hurkmans, an import from Lake Orion, MI. Hurkmans towers at 6’ 9” and will contribute a physical presence that went missing after Evans Matthews graduated at the end of the 2014-25 season.

Hurkmans was invited to the U20 Dutch National development team in Amsterdam, and is on the roster for the Dutch U20 at the European Championship in Hungary this July.

Last, but not least, is Lucas Orlita, who comes to Windsor from Holy Trinity in Oakville. Orlita is a spot up shooter and can be versatile at all of the shooting guard, small forward, and point guard positions. He averaged 15 points per game and 5 assists at Holy Trinity, and in the back court he was defensively competent with 6 boards a game, 2 steals, and a block. Orlita was named to the Ontario U17 squad and was an All Star in Halton Region.

Oliver suggests that he’s not done scouring the hardwood for more additions to the Lancers.

“Stay tuned as we still have at least one transfer to add to an already impactful recruiting class,” he said.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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