Friday, October 24, 2014

2014-15 Brampton A’s Team Preview

Winning Expansion Franchise of the Year in its inaugural season, the 2013-14 season was one of learning and consistent improvement for the Brampton A’s. Finishing second in the NBL Canada standings with a 29-16 record, there are big expectations in the clubs sophomore season. Especially after its performance in the playoffs, taking the London Lightning to a decisive fifth game of the Central Division Semifinals before coming up short.


The A’s calling card was a high powered attack coupled with a strong interior defensive focus, ranking amongst the best in key categories. Finishing first in 3-pt made per game (10.7), Defensive Rebounds per Game (37.8) and 3-pt FG Pct Defence (0.314) while finishing second in Total Rebounds per Game (52.08) and Field Goal Pct Defence (0.439).


Where the team struggled was taking care of the basketball and creating extra possessions, ranking bottom of the league in Steals per Game, (7.13),  second bottom in Turnover Margin (-1.2), and third bottom in Assists per Game (19.7).




Off-Season Additions - Ashton Smith (Mississauga Power), David Tyndale (York University), Richard Amardi (University of Oregon), TyShwan Edmonson (Austin Peavy University), Anthony Harris (Canton Charge), Dylan Brewer (Draft) Rashard Chase (Draft), Yvon Raymond (Draft), Tom Granado (Soles de Mexicali), DeAnthony Bowden, Theo Davis, DaQuan Brooks


Main additions for Brampton this season come via the 2014 NBL Canada Draft and recruiting top Canadian talent, the A’s signing all three of their draft picks in point guard Dylan Brewer, forward Rashard Chase and guard Yvon Raymond as well as adding some depth in notable names.


Brampton snagged guard Ashton Smith from its Peel Region rivals the Mississauga Power as well as bringing in York University and CIS standout in All-Canadian guard David Tyndale, University of Oregon’s forward Richard Amardi and Austin Peavy University guard TyShwan Edmonson to round out a strong Canadian core.


In addition to many returning players from last years squad there are still cuts to be made from training camp. However looking at the athletic talent acquired, the A’s are clearly seeking to carry over its up-tempo style into this campaign.


Focused on hitting shots from beyond the arc and improving its parameter defence by creating turnovers, there has been a particular focus on finding “combo guards” and “two way players” that can run the offence, play off the ball and hold their own on both ends of the court.




Off-Season Losses - Evaldas Zabas (Liektabelis), Jordan Hamilton (Unsigned), Adrian Harrison (Unsigned), Steven Idlet (Unsigned), Scottie Haralson (Unsigned)

One of the key losses fro Brampton in the off season was 
point guard Evaldas Zabas. Zabas started in 33 of 44 games and averaged 27.6 minutes per game, 13.5 points per game, shot 45% from the field and 81% from the free throw line and is now signed with Liektabelis of the Lithuanian Basketball League.


Another depth player that won’t be back with Brampton this season is shooting guard Scottie Haralson, the 6-foot-4 guard from Jackson, Mississippi averaged 22.4 minutes per game and was a threat shooting just over 40% from three point range.


Guards - Anthony Harris, Ashton Smith, Brent Jennings, Cedric Moodie, DaQuan Brooks, David Tyndale, DeAnthony Bowden, Melvin Council, Tyshwan Edmonson


Bolstered by the return of the teams leading scorer Cedric Moodie, a solid contributor in Brent Jennings and a player brought over from the Saint John Mill Rats last season in Melvin Council this is a Brampton A’s back court that looks steady heading into the new season.


Moodie was a particularly important re-signing, heading into his 14th season of professional basketball he not only brings a veteran head to the game but puts up the numbers to match averaging 17 points, seven rebounds and 4 assists per game.


Of the new additions to the A’s, one player that has a lot of buzz around him is Tyndale. The 5-foot-11 ball handler out of Mississauga, Ontario is one of the more decorated Canadian players to join NBL Canada, earning All-OUA and All-Canadian honours while at York University and becomes the 3rd CIS player to be signed in the A’s short history.


Centers/Forwards - Cavell Johnson, Dana Kendrid, Donald Johnson, Flenard Whitfield, Rashad Chase, Richard Amardi, Theo Davis, Tom Granado, Jamison Tipping


The front line is anchored by the re-signing of NBL Canada’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Cavell Johnson, the big man was a presence in the low post averaging 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, leading the league with 72 blocked shots and second in the league with an average of 1.6 blocks per game.


Joining Johnson in the front court is another new Canadian signing in University of Oregon forward Richard Amardi, the 6-foot-9 wingman is a two way player that has the ball handling abilities of a guard and can impact the game on both ends of the floor.




Coach - David Magley


Coming into his second season with the A’s, coach David Magley is motivated to correct what went wrong in the dying moments of Game 5 of the Central Division Semifinals against the London Lighting.


Looking to improve on minor mistakes and continue playing their unique style of uptempo offence, Magley has recruited the help of a friend and former University of Kansas teammate Paul Mokeski, a coach that now arguably has the most experience in the NBLC.


Having coached internationally as an assistant on Great Britain, in the NBA Development League as head coach of the Reno Bighorns (affiliate of the Sacramento Kings) and an assistant with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (affiliate of the Houston Rockets) as well as NBA experience as an assistant on the 2007 Charlotte Bobcats coaching staff, “Big Mo” is the perfect fit to help teach an offence that is played at breakneck speed.


Also joining the staff after being promoted to assistant coach is Jacki Tipping, becoming the first female assistant coach in NBL Canada history.


Rounding out the staff are Sheldon Cassimy and Brendan Maloney, Cassimy has been brought in as a player development specialist with experience as the Vice President of M.A.D.E. Basketball Training while Maloney has been promoted from Director of Scouting.


Schedule





vs. Mississauga Power
Nov 01, 2014
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Windsor Express
Friday Nov 07, 2014
7:00 PM
WFCU Centre
@ London Lightning
Sunday Nov 09, 2014
2:00 PM
Budweiser Gardens
vs. London Lightning
Tuesday Nov 11, 2014
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Mississauga Power
Thursday Nov 13, 2014
11:00 AM
Hershey Centre
vs. Saint John Mill Rats
Friday Nov 21, 2014
11:00 AM
Powerade Centre
vs. Mississauga Power
Saturday Nov 22, 2014
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
vs. London Lightning
Sunday Nov 30, 2014
1:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Island Storm
Friday Dec 05, 2014
7:00 PM
Eastlink Centre
@ Moncton Miracles
Saturday Dec 06, 2014
7:00 PM
Moncton Coliseum
vs. Windsor Express
Saturday Dec 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
vs. Windsor Express
Friday Dec 19, 2014
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
vs. London Lightning
Saturday Dec 20, 2014
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ London Lightning
Saturday Dec 27, 2014
7:00 PM
Budweiser Gardens
@ Windsor Express
Thursday Jan 01, 2015
7:00 PM
WFCU Centre
vs. Mississauga Power
Saturday Jan 03, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Mississauga Power
Tuesday Jan 06, 2015
7:00 PM
Hershey Centre
@ Windsor Express
Thursday Jan 08, 2015
7:00 PM
WFCU Centre
vs. Halifax Rainmen
Friday Jan 09, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
vs. Windsor Express
Tuesday Jan 13, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Mississauga Power
Thursday Jan 15, 2015
7:00 PM
Hershey Centre
@ London Lightning
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
2:00 PM
Budweiser Gardens
vs. Island Storm
Thursday Jan 29, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
vs. London Lightning
Friday Jan 30, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Saint John Mill Rats
Thursday Feb 05, 2015
7:00 PM
Harbour Station
@ Halifax Rainmen
Friday Feb 06, 2015
7:00 PM
Scotiabank Centre
@ Mississauga Power
Saturday Feb 14, 2015
7:00 PM
Hershey Centre
vs. Mississauga Power
Sunday Feb 15, 2015
1:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ London Lightning
Thursday Feb 19, 2015
7:00 PM
Budweiser Gardens
vs. Windsor Express
Saturday Feb 21, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
vs. Moncton Miracles
Thursday Feb 26, 2015
7:00 PM
Powerade Centre
@ Windsor Express
Saturday Feb 28, 2015
7:00 PM
WFCU Centre




Outlook


Having done so well in its inaugural season, the A’s have set a the bar pretty high for themselves to surpass coming into year two. Bringing back much of its core group bodes well for the playoffs, however it will be tough sledding in the Central Division.


Going toe-to-toe against teams like the two-time NBL Canada champion London Lightning or the reigning champion Windsor Express present its own set of challenges, but getting over the hump and making the Central Division Finals isn’t a stretch for this group.

Coach David Magley of the teams goals: (http://youtu.be/eLP6IBz0W_0)