Dinos ID CAMP 2007

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:19 am

The 2007 Dinos ID Camp is here! The camp gives players a chance to demonstrate their skills against top prospects and university players. The camp will not only host the current Dino coaching staff, but other College and University Coaches province wide.

The Camp will be held APRIL 13 and 14 at the University of Calgary in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium. Session Times are as follows:

April 13, 2007

6:00pm: Registration – Jack Simpson Gym

7:30pm – 9:30pm: ON COURT Session 1 – Jack Simpson Gymnasium

April 14, 2007

11:00am – 1:00pm: ON COURT Session 2 – Red Gym

1pm: LUNCH

3:00pm – 5:00pm: ON COURT Session 3 – Jack Simpson Gymnasium

5:00pm: Player Evaluation, Discussion and Interviews

If you wish to reserve your spot at the ID camp, please contact Assistant Coach Matt Skinn regarding your involvement. Register by email with Coach Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca and include your name, height, weight, position, grade and current team. If there are any questions, you can email Coach Skinn or call the Men’s Basketball Office at 403 220 3437.


Jr. Dinos hoop it up in the summer

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 7:11 am

By Jeff MacKinnon (as seen in the Calgary Herald)

Basketball never used to be that all consuming a passion for its most serious followers in this country.

As soon as the snow disappeared for the spring, kids who played in high school took their game outside to play informally, enjoying the absence of adults telling them not to take 20-foot fadeaway jumpers.

That’s all changed.

Now there’s programs like the Junior Dinos, where top young layers can go to pursue the sport seriously in the summer months, all the while working with potential future employers, the coaching staff at the University of Calgary.

Tryouts for the Junior Dinos’ under 14/15, 16 and 17 teams are this weekend. They’re open to anyone who thinks they’ve got the game.

“We changed the focus to wanting to be the No. 1 Club Program in the province. And we feel we definitely achieved that goal,” says the programs General Manager and under-17 boys head coach Matt Skinn, who’s also the assistant for the university men’s team.

“We’re undefeated against under-17 competition the past two seasons and have beathen the Saskatchewan and Alberta provincial teams.”

It helps when you have the likes of junior national team member Tyler Fidler, a six-foot-nine center and Brennan Fule, a six-foot-two guard from Strathmore, on your team, as Skinn did last season as the Junior Dinos stretched a winning streak against under-17 opponents to its current 57-0 mark.

Both Fidler and Fule were recently paraded in front of the Calgary media as prized Dino recruits for next fall.

Skinn’s assistant coach Kol Armstrong says their program isn’t all about wins and losses.

“(The Program) gauges its success on how much our players improve. We treat games like a reward for the hard work and effort that they put forth in practices,” he says.

“Games are easy compared to practice. If people really want to understand what the Junior Dinos is about, don’t watch us play a game…come watch us practice.”

The Junior Dinos program was formed six years ago by current Dinos men’s coach Dan Vanhooren and Rob Cadden.

Armstrong’s been involved since the beginning and Skinn is in his third year. He moved to the city to work on a masters science degree after playing five years at Cape Breton University.

The under 14/15 teams will be coached by former Dino player Ian Ferguson and former Dino player and current U of C men’s apprentice coach Brendan Groat. Western Canada High School coach Randy Peron has the under 16s.

While the Junior Dinos don’t pursue players with vigour at the younger levels, some of the under 17s are courted.

“This is a feeder system of sorts for the university. We look for players both locally and provincially,” says Skinn.

“Last year, for example, we had kids from Youngstown and Grande Prairie play for us.

At the older agel level, there definitely is more recruiting taking place.”

Initial tryouts are Monday, April 2 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the East Jack Simpson Gymnasium for the under 14/15 and Center Jack Simpson Gymnasium for under 17s. The under 16s tryout April 3 at the East Gym at the same time. To register you can email Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca with name, age, date of birth, high school, email and phone number. Or you can leave a message at 220-3453.


Tyler Fidler and Jeff Price Highlight DINOS RECRUITS

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 10:16 pm

Basketball Recruits
University of Calgary Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dan Vanhooren today announced that he has received commitments from a trio of outstanding players for the upcoming season to join the team this fall. Two of the new additions are graduates from High School programs in the Calgary area and the third is an outstanding transfer from Mount Royal College in Calgary. All three are graduates from either Calgary High Schools or the surrounding area.

Canadian Junior National team member Tyler Fidler has decided to remain in Calgary and attend the University of Calgary. A 6’9”, 215 lbs. guard who can also be used inside, Tyler is regarded as one of the elite graduating High School players in Canada and is a carded development athlete from Sport Canada. He was recruited by multiple post secondary schools, both in Canada and NCAA Division I.

The 18-year-old Fidler is a member of the Western Canada Redmen (28 wins 5 losses overall) basketball team that is currently ranked first in Calgary and will vie for the City Championship this coming week. He was an all-star in the High School Hoops Tournament in Calgary and Harry Ainlay Tri Provincial Tournament in Edmonton as well as Most Valuable Player in the Redmen Invitational Tournament in 2006 and 2007.

Tyler is averaging almost a triple-double in High School competition this season. He is averaging 22.3 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 9.7 assists per game for the Redmen this year with a three-point shooting percentage of 58.4%. He also averages 1.7 blocks per game.

Tyler is also a member of the Alberta Provincial team and started on the 2005 Alberta Canada Games team as a 16-year old that competed in Regina. Tyler is also a graduate of the Jr. Dinos Basketball program where he played for Dinos Assistant Coach Matt Skinn.

“Having a player of Tyler’s talent on the perimeter combined with his height, is going to create problems for our opponents from a match-up perspective. Combine that with the addition of Henry Bekkering, our team will be able to create mismatches at multiple positions on the floor. Tyler is well-known for his shooting ability but we feel that he passes the ball equally well,” states Vanhooren. Fidler plans to enter the Faculty of Education.

Joining Fidler is point guard 6’, 180lbs. Jeff Price, a two-year starter with the Mount Royal College Cougars of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Price was instrumental in leading MRC to their 2nd consecutive ACAC Championship this past weekend. Prior to joining MRC, Price led Lord Beaverbrook to the Calgary City and Provincial 4A Championship in 2005. He was first team ACAC South all-star this past year averaging 18.2 points per game and 5.7 assists per game. He was named Player of the Year in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference this past year. Jeff will compete next week for the Cougars at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association championship tournament in Truro, Nova Scotia.

“Jeff Price is a winner. He has won a City Championship, Provincial Championship and a pair of ACAC Championships. You cannot teach that. He shoots the ball very well and distributes it equally well. The key is that Jeff knows when to do either,” states Vanhooren. Price plans to take courses in business and economics.

The third recruit is guard Brennan Fule from Strathmore, Alberta, just outside Calgary. A 6’2”, 185 lbs. guard who can either play the point or the off guard position, Fule is extremely competitive. While playing for Strathmore High School, Brennan also plays for the Junior Dinos program under Coach Matt Skinn leading the team to a 57-0 record against Under 17 competition. He was recruited heavily by other schools not only to play basketball but also volleyball.

“Fule is very tough mentally. He is a scorer but because of his mentality he brings a do what it takes attitude that we need,” states Vanhooren.

-Jack Neumann, U of C Sports Information Director


Jr. Dinos 2007 Try-out Information!!!

Filed under: — Matt Skinn @ 1:39 pm

The time is finally here for Jr. Dinos try-outs. Sorry for any delays in planning, but the U of C has been incredibly busy with their facility bookings this year due to the recent CIS Volleyball Nationals and World Cup Speed Skating.

The Jr. Dinos Basketball Program has established itself as the top Club Basketball Program in Alberta. We look forward to continuing this excellence this spring and summer season! This year we are going to be fielding a U-14/U-15 Team, a U-16, and a U-17 Team. The U-14/U-15 team will be coached by former Dino Player Ian Ferguson and former Dino Player and current U of C Dino Apprentice Coach Brendan Groat. The U-16 Team will once again be lead by Coach Randy Peron from Western Canada High School. The U-17 Team will be lead by Coach Matt Skinn, Assistant Coach with the U of C Dinos and GM of the Jr. Dinos Club Basketball Program.

Tryout Dates:

1. Monday April 2, 2007 at 4:30pm-6:30pm, East Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C
2. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 4:30pm, East Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C: FINAL SELECTIONS

1. Tuesday April 3, 2007 at 4:30pm-6:30pm, East Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C
2. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 4:30pm-6:30pm, Centre Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C
3. Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 4:30pm-6:30pm, East Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C, FINAL SELECTIONS

1. Monday April 2, 2007 at 4:30pm-6:30pm, Centre Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C
2. Tuesday April 3, 2007 at 4:30pm-6:30pm, Centre Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C
3. Thursday April 5, 2007 at 4:30-6:30pm, Centre Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C, FINAL SELECTIONS

All players who register for try-outs will be there for the duration of ALL try-out times. The U-14/U-15 Try-out fee is $35 and the U-16 and U-17 team try-out fee is $50. The Jr. Dinos takes cash or cheques, and all payments will be recieved prior to the first day of practice. All cheques can be made payable to “Jr. Dinos Basketball Club”.

To register for the try-outs, please email Jr. Dino GM Matt Skinn, at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca with the following information:

High School:
Phone Number:

If you do not have email access, you can register by phone at 403 220 3453 and leave a voice mail with all of the player’s registration information. Also, if you have any questions or comments regarding the try-outs, please contact Jr. Dino GM Matt Skinn at mjskinn@ucalgary.ca or at 403 220 3453.

See you all there!

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