Trio of cage recruits excite Marauders’ coach

McMaster’s basketball Marauders have added some “home grown” talent to their roster for the 2008-09 Ontario University Athletics season. Cam Michaud (Grimsby) and Jordan Tew (Dundas) will wear the maroon and grey for coach Joe Raso. The duo make up two-thirds of the trio of new recruits announced by Mac yesterday (May 12). The third is Scott Laws (Gormley, ON).

(L-R) Scott Laws, Jordan Tew, and Cam Michaud. (Photo: Cameron Dunlop)

At 6-foot-6, Michaud has played every position on the floor during his basketball career. A former participant at the McMaster basketball camps, Michaud is a four-time high school basketball MVP. Michaud is not just a talented basketball player, but also a versatile athlete having competed in five different sports (basketball, volleyball, badminton, cross country, and track and field.) in high school.

He is a three-time high school MVP in volleyball. In track & field, he holds a number of records in the 100m, 400m, 800m and the high jump. Michaud has also won three High School Athlete of the Year awards; one as a junior, and two as a senior.

Raso said that, “Cam is a talented shooter. He is considered one of the top high school players in the province and we are very pleased that he will become a Marauder this fall.” Michaud has competed for the Hamilton Wildcats AAA team and was a participant at the 2007 Nike All Canada Prospect Camp.

Dundas native Jordan Tew won back-to-back city championships at Parkside High School as well as placing fourth at Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) during his Grade 12 year. He is a two time City All Star and a member of the Blessed Sacrament Club program.

“Jordan is a solid back court player with a great feel for the game in the tradition of McMaster and Parkside alums Justin Gunter and Paul Maga,” stated Raso.

Laws, a 6-foot-4 guard, has experience as a member of the U-15 and U-17 Ontario Provincial teams. As a starting guard on the U-15 team he earned first team All-Canadian honours in 2005. A team captain with his Sacred Heart High School varsity team he led the Crusaders to two York Region Athletic Association championships and four OFSAA berths.
Laws is a three-time High School Athlete of the Year, basketball MVP and a two-time Toronto Star High School Basketball All-star. This past weekend Laws was on the McMaster campus with the rest of Canada’s most talented basketball prospects competing for a spot on this year’s Junior National Team.

Raso said the 205-pound guard, “will add versatility and strength to our backcourt with his ability to contribute at all positions.”

In addition to his distinguished basketball resume, Laws is an honor role student.

Commenting on the recruiting class overall Raso stated, “all three of these players were highly recruited in Canada and the United States because of their strong character and leadership in addition to their athletic ability. This a great foundation for any recruiting class.”

The Marauders begin practice in September and open non-conference play in late October. They will be offering a free coaches clinic on Wednesday, May 14. The three-hour clinic starts at 6 p.m. at the Burridge Gym. More information on the clinic is available at