The Capilano University Blues men's basketball team will return the majority of their roster in 2018-19, but head coach Cassidy Kannemeyer has bolstered his team with a crop of solid recruits from the BC high school and post-secondary ranks. Two seasons removed from a PACWEST silver medal, the Blues head into their summer training program focused on bringing home the program's first gold medal since 2003.
Rhys Blake, 6'6" Forward, Port Moody – Heritage Woods, Quest University
Blake joins the Blues by way of Quest University, where last season he was named to the PACWEST All-Rookie Team. A 6-foot-6 forward, he averaged 8.1 points per game on 43.4 per cent shooting to go along with 5.8 rebounds per game for the Kermodes. He played his high school ball at Heritage Woods Secondary in Port Moody
"Blake has the potential to be a high volume rebounder, and brings physicality and interior scoring," said Kannemeyer. "His interior defensive presence and defensive versatility allows him to guard multiple positions."
Jonavan Grant, 6'3" Guard, Coquitlam – Terry Fox, Quest University
A third-year transfer from Quest, Grant will bring depth and experience at the guard position. A member of the 2016-17 All-Rookie Team, Grant started 15 games for the Kermodes last season and averaged 6.5 points per game. Kannemeyer calls him one of the top five individual defenders in the PACWEST, in addition to him being an excellent team defender and rebounder. Along with his above average athleticism, ability to finish inside, and improved perimeter shooting, the former Terry Fox Secondary standout will remain an impact player.
Sterling Peterson, 6'2" Guard, Cawston – Mount Boucherie, UBC Okanagan
A red-shirt freshman transferring from the University of British Columbia Okanagan of U Sports, Peterson provides tremendous length and the ability to play all three guard positions. A former member of the U16 Provincial Team and a graduate of Mount Boucherie Secondary in West Kelowna, the 6-foot-2 is an "all-around playmaker."
|Anton Mellinghaus with Blues assistant coach Mike Ironside at the 2018 North Shore All-Star Game|
Anton Mellinghaus, 6'7" Forward, North Vancouver – Argyle
Mellinghaus caught the eye of Kannemeyer this past season, and has the potential to be a dominant player in the paint. Standing 6-foot-7 with a 6-10 wingspan, the Argyle Secondary graduate was an all-star at the 2018 Howe Sound Championships and had 20 points and 15 rebounds in Argyle's opening game at the AAA Provincials. Mellinghaus has already had a taste of playing in the Sportsplex, having participated in the North Shore All-Star game hosted by CapU in early May.
"When colleges and universities host ID camps the goal is to interact and watch players that you only see on tape or with their high school teams," said Kannemeyer. Anton is an athlete that jumped out to me during provincials with his high school team, and to see him live you get a better feel for his length and athleticism: 6'7", and not measured but an estimated 6'10" wingspan."