(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Lancers are all set to host the 61st annual University of Windsor High School Boys Basketball Christmas Tournament this weekend, December 15 though 16, at the St Denis Centre.
As always, this year’s crop of tournament champion hopefuls features some of the most talented teams, representing WECSSA locally and
two other area conferences located in the S W region of Ontario.
Past tournament all-stars and MVPs include the likes of Kenneth Smith, Rick Wells, and Mike Byrkovich, the later two who went on to play with Earvin “Magic” Johnson at Michigan State. More recently, Pickering High School’s Cory Joseph, was a tournament all-star who also went on to play D1 ball a University of Minnesota then establish himself in a successful NBA career Indian Pacers (after a stint with his hometown Toronto Raptors).
It is a must attend tournament for college scouts on both sides of the border.
From outside the region this year, London’s Southwest Academy features 6′ 3″ guard Alec McGregor from Chatham and 6′ 9″ forward Thomas Kennedy.
Kennedy is a well rounded and prolific scorer, whose father James played in the tournament in 1984 and went on to become a Lancer standout and with a professional career in Europe.
Southwest will be joined by Mother Teresa Secondary, who notably features 6′ 1″ forward Aaron Tennant, Waterloo’s St John’s Kilmarknock School, and King’s Christian Collegiate, from Oakville.
Windsor and Essex County will be be represented by last year’s tournament champion Holy Names Knights, as well as the Kennedy Clippers and the WF Herman Green Griffins. Both Kennedy coaches, Pat Osborne and Jeff Kneckers, were also tournament and OFSAA all-stars, as was Kneckers’ brother Cam.
Be sure to catch all of the who’s who in this year’s action starting Friday afternoon and wrapping up Saturday evening. These eight teams will compete to have their names etched in history as well as bragging rights.
For the complete tournament draw, click here. Tickets for the tournament are $10 for a pass or $5 per game, and are available at the door.