The University of Regina Cougar Mens Basketball team had been without its sixth man this year, A.J. Schepers. |
As a 3rd year player, Schepers is a veteran player looked to for offensive and defensive support, as well as leadership.
"We have lost a leader," says Cougar guard Steve Podwin.
A former student of Sheldon Williams High School, Schepers was a city all-star with Cougar teammate Podwin, and his team won a provicial championship. His skills for the game of basketball are evident. Both his father John and sister Kathleen also played for the Cougars.
Schepers had been sidelined with a chronic knee injury.
"His offensive and defensive contribution is missed," says Cougar
| coach James Hillis. |
Teammates have also noticed an empty space during his absence.
"We have been having some troubles getting into our offensive set," said Cougar captain Dale Holmes.
An all-around player, Schepers is an offensive threat who can be counted on to come through for his team when necessary. The "go to guy," "the guy to find you in the open spot with the pass," and "the guy you look for when you need the clutch shot" is how his teammates described his play last season.
A team player, Schepers and the rest of the Cougar men have their goals set, first in GPAC, and then the national championship.
"This looks to be a good year for us.
| This is going to be our year, we have a lot of veteran players: Kevin Gilroy as well as a few fourth year players, Holmes, (Terry) Ross, (Leigh) Roberts, and Bill Johnson. |
"With the veterans remaining injury free and healthy the national championship is a realistic goal," says Schepers.
Last weekend, at the Cougar Classic basketball tournament, Schepers made his return to action.
The Cougars have a chance of extending their at home winning streak over the year. The streak currently stands ar 29 games.
With Schepers and Gilroy back in the line-up, Cougar fans can look forward to an exciting season of basketball.