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. 

Sixteen of the best B.C. senior boys basketball teams will converge on the LEC Dec. 6-8 for the 2018 Tsumura Basketball Invitational. (LEC graphic)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Complete draw for our senior boys 16-team, 32-game classic at the LEC

LANGLEY — If you were at the Langley Events Centre last March, you got a chance to witness just how ever-evolving and fluid the state of a high school basketball team really is.

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Doing a double take? Yes, that is Oak Bay's resident basketball star Diego Maffia, this year the starting setter for the Barbers' Top 10 AAA volleyball team, and the leading scorer on the Bays varsity soccer team. Remind you of another Victoria wunderkind of the past? (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of
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A Sunday read: Oak Bay’s star multi-sport student-athlete Diego Maffia shares a high school resume strikingly similar to you know who!

VICTORIA — He’s the reigning Vancouver Island AAA MVP in one sport. In another, at it’s 2017 B.C. AAA championship tournament, he was the event’s second-leading scorer. And finally, in the sport of basketball, the one he calls his speciality, he is easily among a handful of the best long-range shooters our province has seen in the […]

The Burnaby South Rebels, defending champs and No. 1 in's Big 10 preseason poll, headline at the 7th annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational this December at the Langley Events Centre. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Tsumura Basketball Invitational: Our 2018 boys tournament features B.C.’s cream of the crop in Quad-A, Triple-A tiers

LANGLEY — Defending B.C. Quad-A champion Burnaby South heads a star-studded field of 16 senior boys teams this December  at the seventh annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational.

South Kamloops Titans' guard Nick Sarai is a big part of the blue-chip class of incoming freshman at Kamloops' Thompson Rivers University. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2018: Where 167 girls and boys basketball prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — It’s been a busy week thus far, unveiling the names of the over 500 student-athletes who have been a part of B.C. Recruits List Week here at Varsity Letters. Soccer, football and volleyball have had their turn. Today, we look at basketball.

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.

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.