UBC head men's basketball coach got his start as both a player and a coach at Lanagara College. Now the Falcons are honouring his excellence with a scholarship endowment in his name. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athleitcs 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Kevin Hanson Scholarship: Langara founds endowment fund in name of former Falcons, current UBC hoops coach

VANCOUVER  — It was the place that gave him his first chance as a basketball player coming out of high school. It’s the place that gave him the opportunity to establish himself in what has become a lifelong occupation as a basketball coach.

Fraser Valley Cascades' point guard Parm Bains contends with UNBC Timberwolves' Jovan Leamy (left) and Vaggelis Loukas during Canada West clash earlier this season at the Envision Financial Athletic Centtre in Abbotsford. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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The unknown Cascade who made the grade: One big break was all Parm Bains needed to lead UFV hoops in scoring

ABBOTSFORD — He had no team to belong to, and he was running out of dreams to chase. Two years ago, for the first time since he’d given himself to a life in basketball, Parm Bains was a student, and not a student-athlete.

Capilano U's fifth-year forward Denver Sparks-Guest has finally found the place to shine, as his 53 point-outing last week clearly shows. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Capilano University athletics)
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Denver’s delight! His 53-point barrage a sign that after vagabond college career, Sparks-Guest had found home with Cap U’s Blues

NORTH VANCOUVER — As he watched the shot defy all kinds of logic and physics to somehow find its way through the bottom of the basket, Cassidy Kannemeyer just knew his senior forward was in for a big night.

Simon Fraser's talented incoming duo of Julian Roche (left) and Wilfried Balata share a moment Friday in the Clan's home court-opening comeback win over Humboldt State. (Photo by Paul Yates property of SFU athletics)
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Newcomers Roche, Balata signal a new era in Clan basketball as Simon Fraser erases 11-point deficit in win over Humboldt State

BURNABY — They may have scuffed and scrapped through the early going in their 2018-19 home opener Friday. Yet even before the home team put it all together down the stretch drive of 73-72 comeback win over the Humboldt State Broncos on the first day of The SFU Showdown invitational, the Simon Fraser Clan were making […]

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Clan men’s basketball 2018-19: The SFU Showdown tourney will feature debut of big-man Roche and deep guard core

BURNABY — It’s only a jigsaw puzzle when you don’t know how the pieces are supposed to fit.And last Friday, as point guard Michael Provenzano dropped a triple to knot the score early in the second half of its 2018-19 season-opener on the road against the host and nationally-ranked UC San Diego Tritons, you very […]

NCAA coaches taking part in the inaugural Vancouver Showcase are not only excited about visiting the city, but about its prospects as a home base for the top level of collegiate and university competition. (Graphic courtesy Vancouver Showcase)
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Vancouver Showcase ’18: NCAA coaches Pitino, Hopkins, Fortier bullish on B.C.’s future as an NBA and NCAA Div. 1 region

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s roots in the mainstream basketball world at-large haven’t always been the deepest or the most tradition-laden. 

The evolving front-court chemistry between second-year Grant Shephard (left) and freshman international Jonah Morrison will be one of the most curious plot lines to follow as the Thunderbirds open their 2018-19 season at home Friday with the opening game of UBC Invitational at War Gym. (Grant Shephard photo by Richard Lam/UBC athletics; Jonah Morrison photo property of FIBA Basketball)
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As UBC men’s basketball hosts Laval to open new season, ‘Birds new pairing of Shephard & Morrison is one to watch

VANCOUVER — Mason Bourcier plus incoming star transfers Jadon Cohee and Manroop Clair has all the makings of as vintage a UBC Thunderbirds back court as you could imagine.

Parker Simson is enjoying his first basketball-only off-season and that's good news for his new team, the Douglas College Royals. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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After CCAA national title-game appearance, Douglas men’s hoops looks to build new Royal family with UBC as first test

NEW WESTMINSTER — The Douglas College Royals may only be six months removed from their journey to the CCAA national men’s basketball championship final, yet the sport’s insuppressible nature of seasonal renewal is helping head coach Joe Enevoldson keep things very real.

Gritty Isaiah Solomon (left), pictured during his 2012-13 rookie season, is hoping to make a return to the UBC men's basketball roster after an extended absence. (File photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.com)
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UBC men’s basketball: Asian international the newest ‘Bird, an Isaiah spotting, Shook joins coaching staff

VANCOUVER — The UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team may have had its highly-anticipated clash with NCAA Div. 1 UC Santa Barbara, scheduled for Friday at War Gym, cancelled by the visitors concerns with local air quality. That doesn’t mean, however, that in the dead of summer, there was any lack of news emanating from head coach […]

In an offseason where he whet his international coaching appetite again and brought in two of the biggest transfer in program history, UBC head coach Kevin Hanson has made a statement that nothing will remain static heading into the 2018-19 season. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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UBC men’s basketball notebook: Luka’s official farewell tonight, offensive systems get tune-up, ass’t coaching hunt begins

VANCOUVER — In the lead-up to tonight’s men’s basketball friendly at War Memorial Gymnasium between the UBC Thunderbirds and Team China (7 p.m., $5 tickets), we clean up a busy week of news surrounding the local team with a Varsity Letters’ notebook.