Friday, April 5, 2013

Thunderwolves Officially Announce Recent Recruiting Committments

Media Release
April 5, 2013
Thunderwolves Count Four New Studs in Mackenzie, Bell, Hearn and LebovTHUNDER BAY, ON -
Lakehead University Athletics is pleased to announce the commitment of four highly touted players to the men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season. Coach Scott Morrison has confirmed the commitment of:
Nolan Mackenzie (Oakville, Ont.)5’11” Point Guard
Josh Bell (Mississauga, Ont.)6’2” Shooting Guard
Mitchell Hearn (Mount Carmel, Nfld.)5’10” Shooting Guard
Igor Lebov (Toronto, Ont.)6’5” Forward

“I can’t say enough about our recruiting class to this point,” remarks Coach Morrison. “Following a plan for several seasons now, we have sought out players who have a high ceiling, strong work ethic and outstanding character,” said Coach Scott Morrison, who adds, “All of these young men are sound academically and even stronger as people, and we are proud to welcome them to our basketball family here in Thunder Bay.”

After earning a CIS silver medal in March, the Thunderwolves look to reload after losing 6 seniors to graduation following their record-setting season. Mackenzie, Bell, Hearn and Lebov will join previously committed class members Henry Tan and Jamar Coke on the 2013-14 roster. Coach Morrison and his staff expect to announce additional frontcourt commitments over the coming weeks.

Nolan Mackenzie led his Holy Trinity Titans to a 4th place finish in the current ‘AAAA’ OFSAA season, including several tournament titles and all-star recognitions along the way.  Renowned for his deceptive athleticism, consistent shooting and being a student of the game, MacKenzie recently ranked #8 among Canadian HS point guards.

Josh Bellis a 6’2” wing player out of Father Henry Carr HS, where he helped the Crusaders to a ‘AAAA’ OFSAA Silver medal in the 2013, and is a former Team Ontario member. Bell is a strong guard with potential as a scorer and defender at the CIS level. Bell was ranked in the top 20 of all Canadian HS shooting guards by HoopStars Canada.

Mitchell Hearnis a 5’10” guard from the St Catherine’s Academy Eagles in Mount Carmel Nfld.  He has starred for his provincial team and has helped lead his small school in Mount Carmel to the Nfld provincial championships. ranked Hearn in the Top 40 guards in Canada.

Igor Lebov, a 6’5” swingman, rounds out the spring commitments to the Thunderwolves. Lebov arrives at Lakehead after playing 2 years of NCAA ball with Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. Lebov is a strong, athletic wing who played his high school basketball with the famed Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, ME.

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