The Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team has solidified its backcourt a little more with the addition of new recruit Mikee Dosado.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard just finished his three years of CEGEP — a public college program required to enter a Quebec university — in Montreal and will join the Bobcats this fall. BU head coach Gil Cheung has high expectations for the 20-year-old from Pierrefonds, Que., and believes he should be able to contribute right away.
"He’s a true point guard," Cheung said. "He’s very skilled. Mikee’s a floor general on the court and he makes his teammates better and he loves to push tempo and get out in transition. I think he’ll complement the scorers and athletes we have already."
Cheung also likes that Dosado has big-game experience and played an integral role on each team. He competed in two Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball championships with Vanier College, winning a national title in 2011 and finishing seventh in 2012. He was also on Quebec’s under-15 basketball team that placed third at the 2008 national championship. He was named a first-team all-star at the event, and Cheung was the coach for Team B.C.
Dosado transferred to Ahuntsic College last season, but the team folded after the first semester. He talked to Bobcat alumni about where to go to university and they sold him on Brandon. Dosado can’t wait to come to the Wheat City.
"I’m very anxious," he said. "What happened at our school was our basketball got suspended because too many guys failed, so now I’m really anxious to play with Brandon University."
Dosado, who was not one of the players with academic issues at Ahuntsic, becomes the fifth Quebecer on the Bobcats’ roster, joining second-year forward Ali-Mounir Benabdelhak, fourth-year forward Pacome Matulu, second-year guard Jude Molin and second-year forward Peterson Suffrard. Cheung is also recruiting two other players from Quebec.
Although La Belle Province is a long way from Manitoba, Cheung likes recruiting players from Quebec as they get three years of college basketball experience without using up any CIS eligibility while playing for CEGEP schools. That gives them extra time to mature on and off the court and means they’re more likely to make an instant impact when they come to BU.
Cheung believes Dosado will help solidify Brandon’s back court that features 2011-12 Canada West rookie of the year point guard Ilarion Bonhomme, high-scoring guard Emerick Ravier, who medically redshirted last season, American import Kenonte Ramsey and Turell Scott, who just finished his rookie campaign.
"I think the big thing with our recruiting is we’re trying to find little pieces that can basically fill in spots for us," Cheung said. "I think we have key pieces coming in with Emerick — he was the top-five leading scorer in the conference — coming back and Isaiah (James) being healthy and Ali being healthy. You have three major pieces being 100 per cent healthy that will make you a lot different on the court. We just have to find complimentary pieces that don’t have to play a huge, huge role coming in, but will take on more responsibility."