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Algoma U Thunderbirds add three new players to line-up

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
May 28th, 2013 at 10:51am | Last Updated at 10:52am



Algoma U Athletics released three announcements about three new basketball players this morning. Evans Otechre, Devin Brar, and Robert Harrison have all joined the team.

Evans Otchere Joins Thunderbird Line-Up
Sought After Guelph Gryphon Becomes Newest Algoma U Basketball Player

Evans Otchere Algoma U ThunderbirdsAlgoma University and the Algoma University Varsity Athletics program are pleased to announce that veteran basketball player for the Guelph Gryphons, Evans Otchere, has joined this year's 2013-14 Thunderbirds Men's Varsity Basketball line-up for their first year of play in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA).

"I am very excited about Evans Otchere joining this year's squad," said Thomas Cory, Head Coach of the Men's Varsity Basketball team. "Otchere will bring both maturity and leadership to the team, and his strength at playing both guard positions and strong defense will help win games. He's a well-rounded player that will help bring the Thunderbirds success in the OUA."

Evans Otchere, a mature student from the University of Guelph, who played for the Guelph Gryphons, is the newest member of the Thunderbirds' squad. Standing at 6'0", Otchere is from Toronto, Ontario, and attended Martingrove Collegiate and later H. B. Beal Secondary School in the London, Ontario region, a high school known for its powerhouse basketball team. In 2008, he was an Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association (OFSSA) bronze medal recipient. In high school, he averaged 12 points, five assists, and three rebounds per game. At university, his career high was seven points.

Otchere played guard for the Gryphons during his first year of studies and was recruited to join their bench again this year. Drawn to Algoma University and the Thunderbird program, which features a tight-knit community and strong team camaraderie, Otchere will begin his second degree in Sault Ste. Marie this fall, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

"I'm really excited about coming to Algoma University and playing for the Thunderbirds. This is an exciting time for the University since it has just joined the OUA and will be brining increased attention to the school," said Otchere. "When I met the team recently, I already felt like a member. The camaraderie and family-like bond was incredible. Plus the school is a perfect fit!"

Otchere is a family-orientated person. He comes from a larger family with three brothers, Chris, Kwane, and Emmanuel. He puts family first, and credits his twin brother, Emmanuel, for his successes. The two played high school ball together, and Emmanuel is his biggest motivator at continuing his love of the sport in university.


Devin Brar Joins Algoma U Thunderbird Line-Up

Algoma University and the Algoma University Varsity Athletics program are pleased to announce that rookie basketball player Devin Brar has joined this year's 2013-14 Thunderbirds Men's Varsity Basketball squad for their first year of play in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA).

"I am very excited about Devin Brar joining the Men's Thunderbirds Basketball team," said Thomas Cory, Head Coach of the Men's Varsity Basketball team. "Devin adds size to our court, especially in the wing position. He is an exceptional shooter which will help spread the floor."

Devin Brar, a small forward from Abbotsford, British Columbia, will be joining the Thunderbird squad this fall. The 6'5" aggressive rebounder excelled in both basketball and football at his hometown high school of Abbotsford Senior Secondary School. With his high school, Brar was a starter for four straight years, and was chosen to play with the senior team in his junior year. He was also selected to represent British Columbia on the U-14, U-15, and U-16 provincial teams, and his team won bronze medals for two consecutive years. He has been chosen for the U-17 team this season. Brar was also a wide receiver for his high school team the Panthers.

Brar was attracted to the University because of its small size and the personal interactions with professors. With no class bigger than 65 students, students have the ability to be heard in classes, ask questions, and talk with their professors. He will be attending the University for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Justice.

"Algoma University is a great opportunity for me," said Devin Brar. "I'm excited to play amongst strong athletes in the OUA with the Thunderbirds. When I visited, the coaching staff and other players were very friendly and great role models. And I really liked the University. It seems like a great fit for me."


Robert Harrison Joins Algoma U Thunderbird Line-Up

Robert Harrison Algoma U ThunderbirdsAlgoma University and the Algoma University Varsity Athletics program are pleased to announce that rookie basketball player Robert Harrison has joined this year's 2013-14 Thunderbirds Men's Varsity Basketball line-up for their first year of play in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). Endeavours

"I am thrilled that Robert Harrison has joined the Thunderbirds Men's Varsity Basketball team," said Thomas Cory, Head Coach of the Thunderbirds Men's Varsity Basketball team. "Harrison will add both quickness and toughness to our squad. Most importantly, he is a character student and player with a great work ethic and drive to succeed. He will push forward his teammates and himself on a daily basis."

Robert Harrison was captain of his squad at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. From Hamilton, Ontario and standing at 6'1", Harrison is known for his good sportsmanship and positive attitude. While playing combo-guard, Harrison has been the recipient of countless awards, including the Mark Walton Second Team All-Star, St. Thomas More Chancellor Invitational Tournament All-Star, and with his team were P.J. Daly Tournament Champions and Heinbuch Classic Silver Division Champions. He was also chosen to be Athlete of the Month in January 2013 for the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

In the fall, Harrison will be attending the University for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. Aside from his athletic prowess, Harrison also excels academically, maintaining over an 80.33% average, including high scores in English, Mathematics, Sports Marketing, and various Business courses. He has also received scholarships and bursaries to aid his success, including the Mark Anthony Graham Memorial Scholarship and the Tom Leon Charitable Foundation Bursary.

"I'm very excited about coming to Algoma University and being a Thunderbird," said Harrison. "I'm excited to begin the next chapter of my life. I have always wanted to go to university, and to continue playing basketball. I'm also really excited to be on the first Thunderbirds team competing in the OUA!"

In achieving both academic and athletic success, Harrison has had to overcome loss. His mother passed away the morning of his high school graduation, having succumbed to her battle with Leukemia. He continues to set goals for himself, including completing university and playing basketball, under the pretense of continuing to make his mother proud.

Harrison is also actively involved with his local parish in Hamilton. He has been a Youth Leader for 15 years, and participates in local charities, including Hallowe'en for Hunger, which raises thousands of pounds in food annually for the Hamilton Food Banks. In memory of his mother, he also volunteers with One Match, a program designed to raise funds for stem cell research.




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