Simon Fraser rising junior guard Drew Bryson will play a huge role within the team's revamped backcourt rotation. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Vancouver Sports Pictures 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Simon Fraser men’s basketball 2020-21: As a season of change looms for the Clan, here’s how all the pieces could fit!

BURNABY — You’ve no doubt heard that old cliché which labels a basketball team in transition as one going through a changing of the guard.

A force of nature over his senior season, Centennial Centaurs' forward Dominic Parolin announced Saturday that he will play college basketball next season in the Patriot Conference at Lehigh University. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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Dominic Parolin: Despite the challenges of recruiting, Centennial’s superstar big man finds his fit at NCAA Div. 1 Lehigh University

COQUITLAM — The world changed virtually overnight following the completion of the 2020 B.C. senior boys basketball championships on March 7.And with COVID-19 world pandemic very suddenly the new reality, Centennial senior forward Dominic Parolin quickly realized that the recruiting process he had waited years to be a part of was going to be a […]

Two generation of UBC point guards, fifth-year senior Jadon Cohee and head coach Kevin Hanson, have had a meeting of the minds en route to the team's three game sweep through the conference playoffs. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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U Sports Final 8 preview: Kevin Hanson, a former UBC point guard, steps out of his coaching box to bring out best in ‘Birds floor general Jadon Cohee!

VANCOUVER — There is a little part of Kevin Hanson the player, who still remembers what it was like, some 33 years ago, to be part of a team which was able to catch lightning in a bottle.Today, he’s 20 seasons into his journey as the head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds, but back in […]

Just in time, UBC's fifth-year senior Jadon Cohee led the 'Birds to their best game-closing fourth quarter of the season in an upset win over the host Calgary Dinos in the Canada West semifinals on Saturday. With the win, Cohee and the 'Birds have qualified for the U Sports Final 8. (Photo by David Moll property of Calgary Dinos' athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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A Sunday Read: How UBC played its two best fourth-quarters of season on back-to-back nights to punch its tickets to U Sports’ Final 8!

There was a moment during the final time-out of the UBC Thunderbirds’ 88-77 Canada West men’s basketball quarterfinal win over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday night which seems especially relevant this morning.

UBC head coach Kevin Hanson wants his star senior Jason Cohee "...to just be himself" when the 'Birds open against Saskatchewan on Friday as part of the Canada West's revamped post-season format. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC men’s basketball: Thunderbirds’ head coach Kevin Hanson weighs the pros and cons of new Canada West playoff format

VANCOUVER — The eight remaining Canada West men’s basketball teams have no margin for error under the conference’s new and radically-revamped playoff system.

UFV senior Matt Cooley has overcome the odds to help lead his Cascades on a run into the Canada West post-season. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV’s Matt Cooley: How a basketball underdog with a passion for passing delivered his signature senior season

(Due to technical difficulties encountered here at VarsityLetters.ca over the past two weeks, several stories, including this one, had not been posted here on our main site, which is now back to being fully operational as of Feb. 17, 2020. We thank you for your patience and your continued loyalty to B.C.’s most trusted source for […]

Trinity Western's fourth-year transfer Ja'Qualyn Gilbreath has brought his Texas-sized smile, heart and skill-package north to Langley from the Lone Star State. He's currently the leading scorer in all of U Sports men's basketball. (Photo by Scott Stewart property of Trinity Western athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved
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Trinity Western’s Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath: For a rebuilding Spartans’ program, the man they call ‘Q’ has arrived on cue to lead U Sports’ hoops in scoring

LANGLEY — He’s the guy they all call Q, which in an unintentional way is actually quite fitting because once you watch him play for the first time, all you have are questions, questions, questions.

Checking in at 6-foot-8, Simon Fraser's Jasdeep Singh has always had a flawless shooting form. (Photo by Paul Yates property of Simon Fraser Clan athletics 2020. All Rights Reserved)
Now in his 20th season as UBC head coach, Kevin Hanson sits one win away from the Canada West's all-time conference wins record. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
Fraser Valley Cascades Daniel Adediran (11) and Sukhraj Bains celebrate a two-point victory Saturday over the UBC Thunderbirds. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2019. All Rights Reserved) (Photo by Vancouver Sports Pictures property of VSP 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UFV Cascades’ never-say-die defence enough to top UBC and show just how tough one Canada West win can be, let alone 313!

ABBOTSFORD — On a night when one of the biggest coaching records in Canadian university basketball sat on the precipice of falling, a home underdog determined to have a night of its own dug deep and played the role of spoiler, in the process illuminating just how hard it actually is to win games in […]