Henry Bekkering is Officially a Dino!

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:06 pm


Tuesday May 16, 2006

CALGARY – University of Calgary men’s basketball coach Dan Vanhooren confirmed that 6’7”, 245 lbs. forward Henry Bekkering will join the men’s basketball team for the 2007-08 season. A native of Taber, Alberta, Henry spent the past two seasons playing NCAA Division I basketball at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA.

Because of the transfer rule, Bekkering will have to redshirt the upcoming season with the Dinos, but will practice with the Dinos.

Bekkering is from a basketball family. Henry is the older brother of sophomore forward Ross. His two older sisters, Anna and Cory, both played five seasons for the University of Calgary women’s basketball team. His younger, sister, Janelle, is currently a member of Canada’s Junior National team and has accepted a scholarship to Gonzaga University.

A tremendous all-around athlete, Henry excelled in both basketball and football while attending W.R. Myers High School in Taber. He averaged nearly 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per game in his senior year earning Alberta Player of the Year honors in 2003. He tallied a career high 47 points, in the semi-final game of the Alberta 4A tournament that saw his team placed third at the Provincial tournament.

Henry was one of just 19 players invited to the Canada’s Under 19 National Basketball team tryout camp and was a member of Canadian Under 18 team as a 16-year old.

In football Bekkering was a wide receiver, safety, kicker and punter and spent one season at Eastern Washington as a member of their football team.

In 2002-03 Henry redshirted at EWU. His dunking prowess and athletic ability provided him with the opportunity to be on the Best Damn Sports Show Period on Fox Sports Net in the spring of 2004. He spent the summer of 2003 with Canada’s Under 20 National Team.

The following year, Henry started 15 of 22 games for the Eagles averaging five points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game averaging 16 minutes per game. He scored 11 points twice in regular season action against Wichita State and Northern Arizona but had the misfortune of injuring his shoulder while hitting it on the backboard, forcing him to miss six games.

This past year he average just under four points per game in just under 12 minutes of playing time in 20 games.

“Adding Henry (Bekkering) to both Ross (Bekkering) and Robbie (Sihota) gives us the potential to be dominating upfront. In addition, Henry is an excellent student and therefore combined with his athletic talent has the ability to be a strong leader in our program,” states Vanhooren.

Henry is currently helping coach the U15 Junior Dinos team

Vanhooren also added 6’6”, 215 lbs. forward Jared Laird from St. Francis High School to the roster for the 2006-07 season.


Dinos Summer Basketball Camps

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 2:05 pm

The Dinos Men’s Basketball Program is once again set to run Basketball Camps during the summer at the University of Calgary.

The camps run on the following dates:

July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Jr. and Sr. High Boys)

July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 (Jr. and Sr. High Boys)

To register online, CLICK HERE!

If you have any questions regarding the camps, or to register by phone, please contact U of C Camp Coordinator Reid Brodie at 403 220 7408 or at crbrodie@ucalgary.ca. Hope to see you there!


Dinos Setting up 2006-2007 Season

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 8:28 am

The Dinos will have some significant non-league games in October leading up to a busy 22 game Canada West Schedule for the 2006-07 season. Opening with 3 games in Ontario on October 12-14, the Dinos also travel to the Saskatchewan Huskies Pre-Season Tournament Oct.
19-21 before returning home for the ‘Dinos Border Battle’ on October 27-29.

This pre-season event will also be a Homecoming for Dinos Alumni with a planned 3 on 3 Tournament and Social events for former players. More details will be forthcoming on this exciting addition to our schedule.

The regular season, with a quirky 10 home-12 away game schedule, starts on the West Coast with games against perennial powers Victoria and UBC on November 3-4. Because of the addition of Fraser Valley (Mission, B.C.) to the Pacific Division, Lethbridge and Calgary will
play more away games this coming season, and Alberta and Saskatchewan will have 12 home and 10 away. The intent is to have the reverse in 2007-08.

Dinos Fans will see Simon Fraser, Trinity Western, Regina, and Brandon in single game league play along with the usual double headers against Alberta, Lethbridge, and Saskatchewan. The ‘Border Battle’ will match the three Alberta Universities against Montana Tech, University of Great Falls, and Northern Montana in October at the Jack Simpson Gym.

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