Brittany Boudreau brings some impressive credentials to the Brandon University Bobcats women’s basketball team.
Boudreau has officially signed her letter of intent to become the fifth and final recruit for this season, joining the Bobcats after playing one season in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference with the University of Winnipeg College Wesmen.
"I think she will come in and help us right away," new Bobcats head coach Novell Thomas said. "She does have that one year of post-secondary experience, which is good. It’s not at the CIS level, but I think whenever you can play at that next level, it’s always good ... She came out to some of our workouts and she can shoot the ball. She’s a combo guard who can play the one or the two spot."
The 5-foot-7, second-year guard from Winnipeg was her team MVP and the lone rookie to make the conference all-star team in 2011-12 after averaging 14.8 points per game last season and notching game-highs of 31 points and seven three-pointers. The previous year, Boudreau led the University of Winnipeg Collegiate to the provincial AAA varsity girls high school basketball title when she scored 29 points in the championship game and was named tournament MVP.
She said she’s excited about the opportunity to play at the CIS level.
"I’ve always wanted to play CIS basketball and it’s a dream come true, to be honest, and Brandon seems like the place to be for me," said Boudreau, who turns 19 in October. "It seems like the program is developing and I’m really excited."
Boudreau joins 5-foot-6 guard Carerra Lamoureux of Winnipeg — another MCAC transfer student — along with 5-foot-10 guard Maegan MacKay of Regina, 6-foot forward Ambrea McDonald-Okoro of Regina and 5-foot-11 forward Elsa Langill of Kamloops, B.C., as this year’s recruits for a team that returns 10 veterans. The Bobcats, who went 0-20 last season, have started informal practices and officially begin training camp with fitness testing on Monday before hitting the hardwood on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats men’s volleyball team has also added a late recruit in 6-foot-6 middle Frank Jones, a Regina native who played collegiate volleyball for SAIT in Calgary and will join Swiss star Sebastien Steigmeier as red-shirt players who will be eligible to play in 2013-14.
"Sebastien is a physical specimen," said Grant Wilson, who is taking over as BU head coach from athletic director Russ Paddock for one season. "When Russ and I watched the video on him and talked about him, the first thing Russ said was there hasn’t been too many people who have really stood out in the videos over the years like a Paul Sanderson, but this guy does. So we kind of look to him to be a pretty big piece of our puzzle once he can finally put a uniform on ...
"Frank is somebody we know a little less about. But from the people we have talked to, he definitely has the size and skill to make a pretty big contribution at this level and we’re looking forward to giving him that opportunity."
Meanwhile, the Bobcats women’s volleyball team officially begins training camp on Tuesday, while the BU men’s basketball team got a head start by beginning workouts last week.
Isaiah James 6-7, Forward San Jose City College San Jose, Calif.
Jude Molin - 6-4, Forward Brookwood Elite Montreal.
Peterson Suffrard 6-7, Forward École Louis Joseph Papineau Montreal.
Brittany Boudreau 5-7, Guard University of Winnipeg College Winnipeg.
Carerra Lamoureux 5-6, Guard Canadian Mennonite University Winnipeg.
Elsa Langill 5-11, Forward South Kamloops Secondary Kamloops, B.C.
Maegan MacKay 5-10, Guard Balfour Collegiate Regina.
Ambrea McDonald-Okoro 6-0, Forward Winston Knoll Collegiate Regina.
Roy Ching 6-5, Setter New Zealand National Team Nelson, New Zealand.
Jeremy Davies 5-9, Libero Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School Calgary, Alta.
r-Frank Jones 6-6, Middle SAIT Calgary.
Rob McLean 6-4, Left side Long Beach State City College East Northport, N.Y.
Conan Mickey 6-1, Left side Vincent Massey High School Brandon.
Randy Preval 6-6, Middle Long Beach State City College Queens Village, N.Y.
r-Sebastien Steigmeier 6-7, Right side Cal Baptist University Geneva, Switzerland.
Scott Vercaigne 6-3, Left side Collège Jeanne-Sauvé Winnipeg.
r-denotes red-shirt player.
Jodie Baker 6-1, Middle/Right side Crocus Plains High School Brandon.
Kendra Bommersbach 5-4, Libero Miles Macdonnell Collegiate Winnipeg.
Brooke Huculak 5-10, Left side Elton Collegiate Forrest.
Jasmine Lafournaise 5-11, Middle Major Pratt High School Russell.
Gillian Leech 5-10, Left side Vincent Massey High School Brandon.
Mary Thomson 5-10, Setter Crocus Plains High School Brandon.