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Men's Basketball Rookie Class of 2015-2016

Author: Stephanie Guimond

Posted on Oct 5, 2015

Category: Basketball , Varsity Sports

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Matt Brown

I began playing basketball in 2003, beginning with the River Valley Basketball Association and then playing with ESJMBA since 2009.  I played rep senior mini for RVBA (MVP) and then for the ESJMBA Bantam A and Midget rep team. I was co-captain of the team in 2011, won the silver medal in the 2010 spring league, and won the Provincial Championship in 2010/2011 Bantam Rep and 2011/2012 Midget Rep. During the summer, I have played on the Basketball New Brunswick teams from U15 to U17, and was a member of the Mill Rats Elite team in 2013 that participated in AAU tournaments in New England. Aside from Matt’s club and provincial basketball experience, he was also a two time Rookie of the Year, one time MVP, and was an NBIAA Basketball Coaches Association Regional All Star for AAA Southwest Boys during his time playing for the Saint John High Greyhounds. The transition from high school to university will be a bit easier this year as his head coach Peter Vincent was also his head coach at Saint John High School. “I am looking forward to continuing my basketball career under coach Vincent. I think that the group of returner mixed with our rookie class can really do something special this year. We have height and speed, and are looking to be a force in the ACAA. “

Ben Tait

Growing up in Quispamsis just twenty minutes away from campus I have always been around the UNB basketball program. I began playing basketball at age four, I developed a love for the game right away. It gave me the sense of being part of a team. I then began to play competitive basketball at age twelve, being part of the Kennebecasis Valley Basketball Association (KVBA). KVBA gave me the chance to play all around the province against the highest levels of competition. My passion for basketball grew with these experiences. Moving into high school, I played for the Kennebecasis Valley High School Crusaders. Coach Paul Vaughan helped me develop the proper training techniques and attitudes towards basketball. Summers in high school gave me the chance to play on the New Brunswick provincial teams. My hard work on the court paid off and earned me an MVP of my first provincial team appearance. I now look forward to playing under coach Vincent as a Seawolf and to what the season will hold.

Lars Moffatt

I grew up in a small town of Bruce Mines, just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, where my dad introduced me to the game of basketball at a very young age. I have been playing the game organized since the age of 8, and it has been an important part of my life ever since. Living in a small town, I have always been thankful for every opportunity I have ever been given, regardless of the level of play, as there was not much access to sport of any kind without traveling. My parents have supported me every step of the way through life and basketball and even drove me hours every day of the week to allow me to practice with competitive teams. I have always thought of myself as a team player, and promise to do the same with the Seawolves. In my basketball career I have played for several competitive teams playing at the provincial level, where we have won several medals in various divisions. I was also fortunate to play with U16 Team Northern Ontario at the Ontario Summer Games in 2013. At the high school level I was fortunate enough to win the AAA Nothern Ontario Secondary School Senior boys championship back to back years, where we went to the AAA provincial championships both years and won our first provincial game in our school’s history. I was also blessed with the runner up award for MVP in the city league. Looking forward to this upcoming year, I am extremely excited to play with the Seawolves, and can’t wait to hit the floor with my teammates.

Harpinder Grewal

I am from Surrey, British Columbia. I played my high school basketball at Fleetwood Park Secondary in Surrey, BC for coach Nick Day and Mike Sweeny where I was team captain and led the team to the Provincials. My collegiate career consists of playing at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, and Washington and York University in Toronto, Ontario. It’s been a journey with a lot of injuries and obstacles but everything happens for a reason and it has led me to UNB Saint John. I am looking forward to a healthy and productive year at UNB Saint John; we have a great group of guys who are hungry and very talented. I am blessed to be apart of the program under head coach Peter Vincent and cannot wait to get on the court and show the ACAA what we have to offer as a team.