TORONTO — Head Coach John Campbell dipped into the NCAA transfer portal to land his latest recruit for the Toronto Varsity Blues.
Campbell bolstered his roster for the 2019-20 season with the addition of Eric Rwahwire, a Toronto born forward who will make his return north of the border after several years in the state of California. The 6’5” forward will be a welcome addition to the Varsity Blues this season.
“Eric is a highly-skilled, physical forward,” said Varsity Blues head coach John Campbell in a release posted by the Varsity Blues. “He will add toughness, skill and versatility to our attack.”
Rwahwire has spent the last four season at the University of California – Riverside with the men’s basketball program. He played a total of 37 games with the Highlanders over the four seasons, seeing the court in a career-high 15 games during the 2017-18 season.
During the 2016-17 season as a sophomore, Rwahwire saw action in five games before sitting out the rest of the year as a redshirt.
Most recently, Rwahwire saw the court in six games during the 2018-19 season. While averaging 18.0 minutes of floor time over his six appearances, Rwahwire posted 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest while shooting 35.7% (15-of-42) from the floor.
Back on November 17th, 2018 in a contest against the California Merced Bobcats as part of the Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by the Pacific Tigers, Rwahwire went for 11 points and eight rebounds to help lead the Highlanders to the 63-53 win. It marked the first of two double-digit scoring games for the Canadian over his six appearances.
When asked about what playing in Toronto meant to him, Rwahwire had this to say in the release posted by the Varsity Blues.
“Being a part of the Blues community means a lot, mainly because I am getting an opportunity to play for a community that has always been home for me. I’m extremely grateful to the coaching staff for recruiting me and for believing in my ability as a player and as a leader. [I hope to provide that leadership] in numerous ways this upcoming season.”
The addition of Rwahwire to the fold gives Campbell and his staff more depth on the roster. With the bulk of the roster expected back from last year’s team that narrowly missed a spot in the playoffs, the Varsity Blues should be a much-improved team in 2019-20.
It’s been a busy off-season for Campbell and the Varsity Blues. Rwahwire joins a recruiting class that features the likes of Anthony Daudu (Mississauga, Ont.), Lukas Humle (Calgary, Alta.), Marshall Reed (Centreville, Va.), and Malik Pottinger (Ajax, Ont.).
Add former Brock Badgers Head Coach Madhav Trivedi to the coaching staff as a Lead Assistant Coach, and the Varsity Blues will have a fresh look to them this season.
– T. Bennett
Information from the Toronto Varsity Blues contributed to this post.