Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thunderwolves Remain Hungry

Spring and Summer 2010 has become one of the most important off-seasons in recent Thunderwolves history. The team enjoyed a break-out season in 2009-10 that saw Lakehead recognized in the CIS top ten for the majority of the season cumulating with a Final 8 appearance in March. Despite the strong showing last season, all those associated with the team understand that nothing can be taken for granted for the future. A big reason for the improvement with the team has been the hard work put towards off-season development by players and coaches within the program. This off-season has presented a great opportunity to the Thunderwolves as most of the roster has stayed on campus for the off-season in order to remain committed to getting stronger, more skilled and closer as a team heading into September.

The team is in the middle of a 12 week off-season development program which includes work on basketball skills, footwork and agility as well as strength and conditioning. Coach Morrison and Assistant Coach Erdman have been leading on court workouts focusing on developing all around skills for each player while the team has been spending more time in the weight room than previous seasons recognizing a team need to improve physical strength for next year. Coach Morrison has incorporated an off-season program designed by top basketball specific trainer Alan Stein to help turn last season's weakness into this season's advantage.

With the CIS Final 8 moving back to Halifax for the next two years, there will be one less bid for OUA teams. The Thunderwolves are greatful for the opportunity had this past March to represent the OUA in the Final 8 and will make excellent use of the experience and exposure gained that week to help push the team to greater heights in 2011. Stay tuned for the 2010-11 schedule as well as final recruiting committments to be announced within the next 2-3 weeks.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thunderwolves Announce 1st Addition for 2010-11

Ben Johnson of Pictou County, NS has committed to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves Men's Basketball Program.

Johnson is a 6'1" combo guard who will transfer to Lakehead after playing two seasons with NCAA D2 Saint Rose College in Albany, New York. Johnson started 36 games during his freshmen and sophomore seasons before sitting out this past year in order to be eligible to play OUA basketball starting Fall 2010.

Ben is an honor roll student, gym rat and comes from a basketball family. His mother Peggy (Dalhousie) and older brother Nathan (UPEI/STFX) have both played CIS basketball while his youngest brother Bryson currently suits up for Bucknell (NCAA D1).

Follow the link for a sneak peak at the Lakehead media release on Ben Johnson including quotes from Ben and Coach Morrison.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lakehead Legend Karl Subban's Off-spring Showing Well

Thunderwolves Andrew Hackner and Lou Pero have some extra interest in watching their beloved Habs this NHL play-off season. Jet7Basket, a french language basketball site has picked up on Lakehead Thunderwolves Legend Karl Subban's son P.K. getting some run (skate?) with the Montreal Canadians. See the link below:

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Pizza Hut Spring League Underway

The 2010 version of the Lakehead-Pizza Hut boys spring league is in full force.
The league has three full age divisions with four teams competing for the league championship in each. In all their are 102 boys participating in the program with 8 different Lakehead Thunderwolves' players acting as coaches (more as officials).

Stay tuned for upcoming events in the summer such as our August Day Basketball Camp and our end of summer "Elite/High School Camp" running the last week before school starts. Thanks to all those for participating in the spring league and helping it get off to another excellent start.