The University of Saskatchewan Huskie men’s basketball program is proud to announce Chan De Ciman as the newest addition to the program.
The 6-2 point guard from Dr. Martin Leboldus High School in Regina has made his commitment to play for the Canada West silver medalist Huskies beginning in the 2015-16 season. De Ciman helped lead the Golden Suns to three-straight Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association 5A titles from 2013-2015.
“We are thrilled that Chan has selected the University of Saskatchewan to continue his education,” said head coach Barry Rawlyk. “He is an exceptional student, a young man of outstanding character, and an elite level athlete. We are expecting that he will immediately make a significantly positive impact in the classroom, in the community, and on the court.”
De Ciman will graduate from Leboldus after helping propel the team to a near perfect season. The Golden Suns lost just a single game in the 2014-15 season, taking home some impressive hardware from the Bedford Road Invitational Tournament, the Luther Invitational Tournament, the Fekula Senior Basketball Classic and the Western Canada Basketball Tournament (Kelowna, B.C.) along the way.
De Ciman was also a member of the U-17 Team Saskatchewan that competed at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. In April, he was selected to the Daytona Homes Senior All-Star game featuring the top high school basketball players in the province. More than just a basketball player, De Ciman proved he was an elite multi-sport athlete suiting up at quarterback for the Leboldus football team. He led the team to three-straight provincial 4A championships to add to his trio of provincial basketball titles.
Enrolling at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering in the fall, De Ciman will look to balance academics while potentially stepping into a big role with the Huskies. Saskatchewan graduated guards Andrew Henry and two-time Canada West Defensive Player of the Year Ben Baker and forward Dadrian Collins.
“We became very familiar with Chan’s family and close circle of family friends throughout the recruitment process, and are very impressed with the solid background and character formation Chan has been surrounded by in his upbringing,” added Rawlyk. “We know we are welcoming a young man into our community who will be a cornerstone of our program for the next five years.”
“I am really excited and am already looking forward to next fall,” said De Ciman of his choice to join the Huskies. “There is a really good group of players and coaches in the locker room here. Being in Saskatoon gives me the opportunity to learn to live on my own, while still having my family close enough to watch me play. I look forward to the challenge of balancing my academics with the challenges of CIS basketball.”
The Huskies finished fifth at the 2015 CIS Final 8 in Toronto in March. Saskatchewan has attended the Final 8 four times in the last six seasons.