HALIFAX, N.S. — The Shoveller family has been a big part of the Dalhousie Tigers for quite some time, and another member of the family is set to follow in the footsteps of those before him.
On Wednesday, the Tigers announced their latest commitment to the men’s basketball program. It was announced that 6’8” forward Ben Shoveller (Arnprior, Ont.) had committed to the program for the 2019-20 season, keeping the family ties to the department of athletics as strong as ever.
Shoveller joins his brother, Mike Shoveller, on the Tigers’ roster for the upcoming season, and he will be studying Recreation Management.
Currently, Shoveller is a member of the Kingston Impact. He made his return to the court after a knee injury kept him out for some time, but the 6’8” forward looks ready to have an impact with the Tigers this season. Prior to his time with the Kingston Impact, Shoveller was a member of the TRC Academy, where he received the Courage Award for his perseverance in overcoming obstacles.
Shoveller was also a member of the 2018 Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA) championship winning team.
“The addition of Ben to our program will help solidify the post position for the next five years,” said Dalhousie Head Coach Rick Plato in a release posted by the Tigers. “He will add both an inside and outside presence and will give us strong rebounding at both ends of the court. Although coming off a knee injury, Ben’s dedication, work ethic and overall skill set will allow him to make a smooth transition to the university game.”
The Shoveller name is prominent around Dalhousie and the Department of Athletics. The annual Ron and Joan Shoveller Memorial Men’s Basketball Tournament is played each season in honour of Ben’s grandparents. Then, as stated above, Ben is the younger brother of Mike Shoveller, a veteran this season with the Tigers.
“Dalhousie has a strong reputation for academics and athletics,” added Shoveller in Dalhousie’s release. “I am excited to join the men’s basketball program, especially with my strong family connection and the culture of winning Coach Plato has developed with the Tigers.”
Dalhousie is coming off a 2018-19 season in which they secured the AUS Championship and made a run at the U Sports Final Eight. The Tigers dropped the bronze medal contest to the Ryerson Rams to finish fourth.
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Information from the release posted by the Dalhousie Tigers contributed to this post.