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.

UBC's latest recruit, rising fourth-year point guard Jadon Cohee has big goals for both himself and the Thunderbirds' basketball program. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
UBC Thunderbirds' head coach Kevin Hanson had plenty of reasons to smile as he welcomed rising fourth-year shooting guard Manroop Clair into the fold on Monday at War Gym. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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The rare air of UBC’s Manroop Clair: Few in all of university hoops can dial distance with the aplomb of ‘Birds newest recruit

VANCOUVER — There is simply no way to understate just how deep and dangerous the UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team got when the news hit Monday that former Burnaby South Rebels’ star Manroop Clair would, this coming season, adorn himself in blue and gold and resume his university basketball career on the Point Grey campus.In […]

Surrey-Tamanawis grad Sukhjot Bains, after four years in the U.S., is returning to B.C. and will suit up for the Fraser Valley Cascades this coming season. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of UFV athletics)
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A Cascade of influence! UFV hits a rainmaker as ex-Tamanawis star Sukhjot Bains bids adieu to D1 Wisc-Green Bay

ABBOTSFORD — The player B.C. high school coaches voted the No. 1 senior talent in the province following the 2013-14 season has led a nomadic existence the past four years within the delivery system of U.S. college basketball.

Julian Roche, a St. John, N.B., native, is headed to Simon Fraser via a freshman season spent at Santa Clara University. (Photo-Santa Clara University athletics)
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Julian Roche: Santa Clara’s 6-foot-11 transfer is ready to be the ‘Man in the Middle’ for Simon Fraser Clan

BURNABY — There are a lot of moving pieces these days as it pertains to evolving state of the front court with the Simon Fraser Clan men’s basketball team.

Lanagara's star guard Ravi Basra will take his game to the national stage when the Falcons play host to the 2018-19 CCAA national championships this coming Mach at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Dom Gagne property of Langara Athletics)
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Langara lands CCAA men’s basketball tourney, 2019 nationals set for this March at the LEC

VANCOUVER — The Langley Events Centre will extend its  status as B.C.’s host of March Madness by another week this coming season.