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Ontario duo set for resurgent McGill program

Posted on 22. Apr, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School

Equipped with one of the most hardworking coaching staffs on the recruiting trail, you have to think McGill University in Montreal is bound to make a run for national championship contender status in the CIS over the next several years. After completing his first year as head coach, Dave DeAveiro is putting the pieces together for next year. The latest talent to commit to the Redmen is 6’4” multi-purpose guard Vince Dufort (Smiths Falls, ON/Smiths Falls).


We are thrilled to have Vince join our program,” said DeAveiro. “He comes from a long line of basketball tradition in his family. Vince is a versatile player who will play many positions for us.”


Playing all five positions on the floor over the course of the season, Dufort led Smiths Falls District High School to an OFSAA AA Gold Medal this year as a 5th-year senior. He has a very well rounded game, providing a strong body with toughness. Add on that he has a point guard’s passing ability & a natural shooting stroke, plus an academic average over 90%, and it's clear Dufort succeeds on and off the court.


Academically, McGill is one of the best schools in Canada and has the best program for me, so it was a ‘no brainer’,” said Dufort. 

However, basketball has always been my greatest passion and Coach DeAveiro did a great job in showing me that McGill would be the best place for me to develop into the best player I can be. The players all seemed to be very committed to becoming as good as possible and all want to win, and I love the opportunity that we will have in doing so.”


Last month, the Redmen also received a commitment from centre Nic Yantzi (Burlington, ON/REDA).


We are excited about having Nic join our program,” said DeAveiro. “Nic brings some much needed size and competitiveness to our front line.”


As a member of the Flagrant Fouls Top 100 seniors (and Top 10 centres) across the country throughout the year, Yantzi is a developing true big man that has spent the past two years training and improving with coach Tarry Upshaw’s Regional Elite Development Academy.


I am really excited for next year,” said Yantzi. “It was a really tough decision, but in the end I knew McGill is where I wanted to be. I know I will be pushed both academically and athletically and I felt really comfortable with Coach DeAveiro and the rest of the coaching staff.”


The guys on the team were great, and I loved the atmosphere of the campus. I look forward to winning a national championship.”





(Photo of Vince Dufort at OFSAA credited to the North Bay Nugget online newspaper)



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