Denham Buchanan has played basketball in Oklahoma for Murray State College and in Ontario for the Waterloo Warriors. (SUBMITTED)
The Brandon University Bobcats men’s basketball team is bringing in a former Warrior that they’re hoping will bring some toughness to the squad.
Denham Buchanan, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard, is joining the Bobcats for the 2014-15 Canada West campaign after spending the 2012-13 season with the University of Waterloo Warriors.
Buchanan sat out last season, but Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung hopes he will have an immediate impact his new team.
"He gives us size, he gives us strength, he can guard multiple positions on the wing," Cheung said. "He’ll definitely help us in transition. He adds a little toughness to our team on the perimeter. He can defend. He’s an older guy and mature. He can do a lot of things for us.
"He gets after the defensive end, gets on both ends of the glass and can score in transition. He’s a bigger wing that’s versatile and can give us a different look on the perimeter."
Buchanan grew up in Toronto and was named MVP of the Runnymede Collegiate Institute Ravens in both his sophomore and senior high school basketball seasons. He then attended Murray State College in Oklahoma before transferring to Waterloo.
In his lone season with the Warriors, Buchanan came off the bench in 18 games, averaging 13.2 minutes, 4.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
He opted to come to Brandon after some of his friends who are former Bobcats told him to contact Cheung. He did so and felt it would be the right fit.
Buchanan will be entering his third year of eligibility and Cheung believes will bring some leadership to a team that graduated four players at the end of last season.
"He’s had a lot of basketball experience," Cheung said. "Just like any student coming to Brandon or university for the first year, he will take a little time to adjust to the school and community and program. He’s been to different places, he has a high basketball IQ and we’re definitely looking for him to come in right away and compete at a high level.
"He played in a very tough conference in the OUA. I think the travel in Canada West is like no other conference in North America with the distance we have to travel to play games, that will be an adjustment for him. But he has played at a high level and I think he’s very excited to join our program."
Buchanan is the second recruit for Cheung’s men’s basketball team — joining 6-foot-7 forward Ryan Cowley from B.C. — and he’s looking forward to coming to the Wheat City.
"I’ve always been a competitor and have always wanted to play at the highest level possible, and the CIS is the highest level in Canada which is something I really want to be a part of," Buchanan said in a press release.
"The West is filled with tough teams and guys that play at a very high level. I know that with hard work and with the help of coach, it will be a very successful year."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 15, 2014