By RENALDO DORSETT
FIRST year players in their respective conferences in Canadian college basketball made their debuts recently for their programmes.
Shamarr Burrows and Abel Joseph, both at different stages in their basketball careers, gave an early indication of what they will bring to their programmes.
Burrows, 18, was one of three freshmen to start for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in their season opener.
He finished with nine points and four steals in his team’s 88-54 loss to the No. 10 ranked Ryerson Rams.
Burrows shot well (4-8 from the field and 1-2 from beyond the arch), but the Hawks struggled as a collective at just 31 per cent from the floor and 18 per cent from distance.
They will continue to seek their first win of the season this weekend in home doubleheader against the Algoma Thunderbirds.
Joseph, in his first collegiate season at aged 26, looks to bolster a roster for the Holland College Hurricanes seeking their fifth straight ACAA Championship.
He finished with a game high 14 rebounds, four steals, and four points in his debut, a 107-77 win over Mount Allison.
Fellow Bahamian Roosevelt Whylly finished with 14 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.
The pair will be an integral part of the Hurricanes’ quest for a fifth ACAA Championship.
Last season, they went 20-1 in the regular season and had no issues in the playoffs, capped off by a 26-point victory in the finals. At the national tournament Holland would lose in the semi-finals but would bounce back and take home the bronze medal.
Holland will look to stay in the win column when they travel to face UKC, November 12 at 6pm.