Panther Basketball adds early Christmas present

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Photo: UPEI coaches Tim Kendrick, left, and Lonnie States, right, welcome Jon Hovingh to the Men’s Basketball Panthers line-up.

Charlottetown, PEI (December 22, 2015)—University of Prince Edward Island Men’s Basketball Coach Tim Kendrick is pleased to announce the Panthers have added an early Christmas present in the form of 6’8”, 240-pound Bluefield High School graduate Jon Hovingh.

Hovingh spent two years with the Holland College Hurricanes, where he received his diploma in Sports and Leisure Management while being named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian, and recently completed his training at the Atlantic Police Academy in Summerside.The local product will be eligible to join the Panthers immediately.Hovingh is thrilled to be joining the Panthers, “I remember as a young kid I watched every Panthers game my parents would take me to. I knew all of the players’ names and their stats! To be given the opportunity to play basketball again at this level, and to be able to do it here at UPEI is a blessing.

The Panthers coaching staff and players have something special going on and I am thrilled to be a part of it!”Coach Kendrick is very happy to add the forward to his roster.“We are extremely pleased to add Jon to our roster. I spoke with him a couple of years ago about the possibility of playing here because I liked his skill set, athleticism, and height. At that time he was very slight, but he has certainly worked hard to improve that.”“He comes to us with a great reputation as a solid teammate, hard worker, and top-notch student,” Kendrick says. “I think that he is a classic ‘late bloomer,’ and I expect him to help us right away in our push to the AUS Play-offs!”Hovingh will be entering the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in Psychology.About UPEI Athletics and Recreation

  • Nine varsity sports and six club team programs
  • Proud member of the AUS and CIS
  • Athletic facilities include: Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre, UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place
  • Home of Panther Sports Medicine
  • Other facilities available to students and the community at large include: fitness centre, squash and racquetball courts, competition and leisure pool with hot tub, and two ice arenas

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