Men’s basketball takes shape as Redeemer lands key recruits

The turnaround continues for Redeemer’s basketball program as the men’s team announces the recruiting class for the 2012-13 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season. New head coach Jamie Girolametto has secured an impressive group of players as the Royals continue to strengthen heading into the summer months.

Among the top players who have committed to attending Ancaster’s Redeemer University College in the fall are:

CALVIN TURNBULL- 6’3”, 210 lbs., forward who played the past two seasons for the McMaster Marauders in Ontario University Athletics while studying Economics. A graduate of Burlington’s Nelson high school, he played 10 years in the Burlington Panthers club system. Although considered undersized for a forward, Turnbull is extremely strong and has outstanding footwork with the ability to guard all five positions and is a tremendous rebounder.

COLLIN HAALBOOM- 5’9”, 185 lb., guard who played his high school basketball at Highland Secondary. He was an outstanding two-sport athlete (football and basketball) coming out of high school, but knee injuries in his senior years limited his exposure and he was not recruited. While working on an Honours Degree in Communication Studies, Haalboom covered the McMaster Marauders games as a radio broadcaster. In 2010, he made the Marauder team as a walk-on.

“Calvin and Collin were the first two players I approached once I learned of the head coaching position job,” said Girolametto.

“They will be vital in re-creating a culture of defense and toughness at Redeemer. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching them in the past (both at Mac, Haalboom in Grade 9 at St. Mary’s as well), and look forward to watching them have the opportunity to excel at Redeemer.”

KEVIN MAYNARD- 6’5”, 190 lbs., forward from Westmount Secondary School in Hamilton. Highly recruited in Grade 11, a serious concussion sidelined him for his Grade 12 year. Slowly rounding back into form during his season with the club team Blessed Sacrament, Maynard averaged a double-double while leading his team to a D2 Silver medal. His is a three-time team most valuable player MVP at Westmount.

RYAN MAYNARD- 6’8”, 230 lbs forward from Hamilton’s Bishop Tonnos Secondary School, he is Kevin’s brother. After an absence from basketball, Ryan made the team as a walk-on for the McMaster Marauders in the 2011-12 season. He played in all preseason games, and won the prestigious Liam Stevens Award for perseverance.

“We are extremely excited to work with Ryan and Kevin over the next two years,” said their new coach. “The years of training with Coach Amos Connolly at McMaster will prove to be very valuable. It will be very nice to have both brothers Ryan and Kevin playing for the Royals and for the Maynards to see their sons play together on the same team.”

JOSH DE SCHIFFERT- 6’6”, 230 lbs forward from London District Christian SS. De Schiffert has tremendous potential for his playing career at Redeemer. He will add depth to the team. He led his team through regional high school playdowns and into the provincials quarterfinals.

IAN FARQUHARSON- 6’3”, 185 lbs guard/forward from Bluevale Collegiate Institute in Waterloo. Farquharson will help round out the team for the 2012-13 varsity season and will be relied on to add depth for the Royals.