HALIFAX — Just over two weeks removed from the National Championship game, Head Coach Rick Plato and the Dalhousie Tigers are looking ahead to the 2020-21 season.
Back on March 8th, 2020, the Tigers fell in the U Sports Men’s Basketball National Championship game to the Carleton Ravens, 74-65. Still, their Silver Medal finish was their best-ever finish, and it has the Tigers hungry for Gold the next time around.
With the 2019-20 season now in the rear-view mirror, Plato and the Tigers have shifted their attention to the upcoming 2020-21 season. On March 23rd, Dalhousie landed their second recruit to the mix.
Guard Caleb Sooley has announced his commitment to the Dalhousie Tigers, adding size and an undeniable passion for the game to the back court rotation.
The National Preparatory Association (NPA) was first to break the news on the commitment:
Sooley, a 6’5″ shooting guard from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, played his four-year high school career in the NPA. He was a key piece of the puzzle at Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS). In his first season back in 2016, Sooley an RNS went winless, posting a record of 0-12.
Fast forward to the 2019-20 season, and RNS went without a blemish on their record, posting a perfect 12-0 record. Sooley averaged 14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 46% from the field, playing a key role in the perfect season for RNS.
The Tigers are coming off yet another successful season in the AUS. Dalhousie went 19-1 in the regular season to finish atop the regular season standings. In the AUS Championship Game, Dalhousie picked up a 76-64 win over the StFX X-Men to punch their ticket to the U Sports Men’s Basketball Final 8.
Sooley joins Nathan Barton in the Tigers’ recruiting class for 2020-21. Barton, a native of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, committed to the program back on October 24th, 2019.
– T. Bennett
Information from the NPA contributed to this report.