Vancouver, B.C. - UBC Basketball returns and the Thunderbirds are ready for a big year. Coming off of the ‘17/’18 campaign where the Thunderbirds ranked as high as #7 Nationally, this years team has sights on a National Championship after a strong pre-season campaign. Here are the Top-5 things to watch for this year.
UBC made two big additions to their roster in Division 1 transfers, Jadon Cohee and Manroop Clair. Jadon Cohee from Langley, B.C. has already been making a major impact for the T-Birds after returning home from Southern Utah. Cohee is averaging 22 points and 5 assists through five exhibition games this season. While Manroop Clair hasn’t played a game for the Thunderbirds yet, focusing on nursing an injury to full health, look for his pure shooting to add instant offence for UBC throughout the year.
Every year the sports / basketball community has grown on the Point Grey campus. This year will be no different. The Thunderbirds home opener will be this Friday October 26th and will coincide with the annual Courtside Game Tradition. This will be the most exciting game of the year, with Live DJ’s, halftime shoes, face painting, lots of prizes and photo ops with the T-Bird Mascot ‘Thunder. The atmosphere in War Memorial will be blazing and a night you wouldn’t want to miss. To get tickets to one the biggest night of this season check UBC’s athletic website for details.
Six-time Canada West Coach of the Year Kevin Hanson looks to keep UBC as a national powerhouse. Hanson led the program to a regular season 17-3 record last year and has sights on an even better one this year. This past off-season Coach Hanson added a proven duel threat coach in new lead assistant coach, Sean Shook. Shook served in the same position the past two seasons at SFU. Coach Shook’s 20 years of experience will be key in the continued success of the UBC Men’s program.
Ready From the Start:
The Thunderbirds are off to a hot start heading into conference play. The T-Birds have a record of 6-1 through seven pre-season games. Carrying that momentum into conference play, the Thunderbirds look ready for their season opening series this weekend on their quest for a national title.
UBC will look to make their way to the Top 5 in the country one the most perennial conferences in USports. UBC tips-off on Oct 26, 2018 at home in War Memorial Gym against Saskatchewan.
For ticket information check out the Thunderbirds website.