New year, new blood for Trojan b-ballers
The SAIT Trojans men’s basketball team got a big present over the winter break with the addition of Levi Lapierre to the roster.
Standing at six-foot-eleven and weighing 230 pounds, Lapierre provides another big body presence for head coach Mike Stevens’ squad.
As one of five new faces hauled in to help the Trojan men, he brings much-needed height to the line-up, which seemed to be missing during the first half of the season.
Originally from Orillia, Ont., Lapierre spent the first semester of the 2010-2011 season playing for North Platte Community College in Nebraska, where he suited up in four games for the Knights of North Platte.
“(Basketball) in the States (has a) faster pace,” said Lapierre, whose experience playing basketball in the U.S. taught him “that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
Lapierre, who is now enrolled in SAIT’s Business Administration program, credits “the great coaching and the opportunity to become a better (basketball) player” as the major reasons he decided to join the Trojans.
In an interview posted on saittrojans.com, Stevens said he’d previously tried to add Lapierre to the squad.
“We got wind of him last year. He was pursuing some scholarship opportunities… (but) he considered us a very close second and he decided to take up the opportunity we were offering him,“ said Stevens.
Lapierre believes his biggest asset will be a “big body in the post” but admits that joining the team mid-season brings its share of hurdles.
“The biggest obstacle for me (will be) to learn all the new plays,” said Lapierre, who has already seen court time in the two games since the winter break.
“I’m excited to see the team at full health,” said Lapierre.