UPEI men's basketball team welcomes recruit from B.C.

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Coach Kendrick looking to bring in more players for Panthers

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The UPEI Panthers men’s basketball team has reeled in another recruit and are looking at landing a couple more big fishes.

The recent addition is Matthew Brar, a six-foot-five wing from British Columbia.

“He’s long, lean and can really shoot it,” coach Tim Kendrick said Friday.

Brar has played for provincial teams in B.C., but did not play post-secondary ball this past season. He has five years of eligibility left.

While he is good offensively, the coach sees Brar also helping them on the defensive glass and in the passing lanes with his size.

Kendrick is meeting with two six-foot-eight players from Ottawa this weekend and hopes to be able to bring them into the fold.

“We’re trying to get bigger, a little stronger and a little more physical,” he said.

The team has already announced Tyler Scott and Bradley States, who both previously played at Acadia, will be joining UPEI in the fall. Also coming to the program is Alberton native Kenan Wilkie.

“We’re really excited with what we have coming,” Kendrick said, alluding to other players being on the team’s radar.

Joe Kendrick is out of eligibility and Aaron Robbins is graduating and not returning to the Panthers for his fifth season. Former Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rookie of the year Deontay (D.J.)

Smith, third-year guard Will Caesar and second-year forward Brian Ofori are not returning.

“We want to make sure that we are building towards championships,” Kendrick said. “To win championships everyone has to be on the same page in every way.”

A story published Friday at www.tbnewswatch.com about the Lakehead Thunderwolves showed a photo of players, including Smith, with coach Scott Morrison, a Morell native, during a workout on Tuesday.

As a transfer student Smith would have to sit out a season before he could play in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

Morrison told The Guardian Friday night Smith was up on a recruiting trip, but had not committed to the Thunderwolves.

“We’re offering him to come for next year to sit out and work with the team and continue on,” Morrison said. “He’s obviously has a pretty strong resume for his two years he played ball at P.E.I.”

The Thunderwolves’ point guard Dwayne Harvey is a conference all-star going into his fifth year.

“We’re hoping to be able to fit someone in that can step right in and be an impact player and I think D.J. fits the bill,” Morrison said. “He’s going back home tomorrow and we’re hoping he’s coming back, but you never know.”

Organizations: Panthers

Geographic location: British Columbia, Ottawa, Morell

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