Centennial College has a long history in basketball dating back to the very beginning of the formation of the OCAA. The Men’s Basketball team has won Nationals along with an OCAA Gold medal in 1983-84, a Gold in 82-83, a Bronze in 80-81, and a Silver in 87-88 and 04-05. Most recently, Alumnus Michael Brown, of the Men's Basketball Varsity Team, was inducted into the Centennial Colts and the OCAA Hall of Fame for his outstanding career as a Centennial Colts Basketball student-athlete with the "Class of 2015".
The Colts enter this 2016-17 campaign in the first season under the leadership of Head Coach Trevor Challenger. Challenger will replace long time Head Coach Jim Barclay of 8 seasons and the legendary David Joseph (father of Toronto Raptors Cory Joseph). Both coaches were instrumental on building the MBB program the last few years. Challenger says “I thank Coach Barclay and Joseph for their mentorship last season” The program has shown strong commitment and passion on the court as well as a continued academic achievement in the classroom.
The Colts lose PG Javier Marquez and Ahmed Hussein to graduation. These two players demonstrated what a student athlete is supposed to be. The Colts will try to replace Javier Marquez 15ppg and 3.5 apg, and we will miss his ball handling and his on floor general leadership. Hussein’s 6’4, 230 pound forward/center contributions will also be missed. He played every game and attended every practice like it was his last. He displayed professionalism on the court and in the classroom.
The Colts return with 3 starters, an OCAA East Rookie of the Year as well as being named OCAA All-Rookie Team. Paul (LC) Walwyn. LC is going into his 2nd year in the Child and Youth Program and also in the OCAA. LC brings leadership and character, not to mention he was Colts Male Rookie of the Year and displayed a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. Also returning is a 6’10 G/F that can fill up the score sheet named Curic who averaged a double double and led the team in blocks. Fourth year guard Alex (AC) Hagoriles returns to finish off his program. AC brings leadership and hard work. Second year 6’7 forward Malique Hyde, returns with his energetic plays on the court and his thunderous dunks.
The Colts had a busy off-season landing top recruits 6’2 G Waare Hassan (Jarvis C.I Toronto, ON), 6’5 G/F Malcolm Jackson (Montreal, QC) and Matt Desrosiers (St. Patrick’s, Ottawa, On). Hassan is a strong two-way player out of Jarvis C.I that thrives on defensive. Desrosiers is a PG that is lightning quick and Jackson is an open court player that finishes around the rim.
“I’m looking forward on developing a strong, competitive team that can compete each game. Anytime there is a new coaching staff and a new team culture, it takes time for players and coaches to adjust. This season will be totally different from previous teams before. The team will be physical, fundamentally sound and will be a high scoring team. I think this group has student athletes that will welcome the challenge on being better than they were yesterday”.
The Colts kick-off the season on the road at St. Lawrence College (Kingston, ON) on October 21. The Colts home opener will be on Saturday, November 5th when they host the Algonquin Thunder.
New players are always welcome, but to be eligible to compete at the varsity level, players must be full-time Centennial College students and maintain solid academic standing throughout the year. Tryouts will start on September 12, 2016 and September 13, 2016.
Academic / Athletic Awards are available through a selection process to those student athletes that have demonstrated excellence on and off the field of play. Application forms are available in the Athletics and Recreation Office. (Progress Campus - Athletic and Wellness Center Room AWC 104).
For more information on the Colts Varsity Men's Basketball team, please contact Coach Challenger email firstname.lastname@example.org