Tuesday, April 26, 2011
BRANDON, MB – The on-court efforts of a pair of former Brandon Bobcats will be recognized and honoured in the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bobcat alums Whitney Dabney and Keith Vassell were announced as part of the class of 2011 that will be inducted Saturday, October 1 at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.
Dabney was a member of the Bobcats team that won three straight national championships in 1986, 1987, and 1988, being named most valuable player at the ’88 championship. Dabney was also named an all-Canadian as well as a GPAC all-star for the 1988-1989 season.
After finishing his university playing career Dabney went on to play professional basketball in England and Uruguay.
Vassell led the Bobcats to BU’s most recent national championship in his senior year in 1996. As a player he was named a three-time CIAU (CIS) all-Canadian. He was also named national player of the year for his efforts in the 1994-1995 season. Vassell’s accomplishments include being named MVP of the 1996 CIS national tournament, a five-time GPAC all-star and playing for the Canadian national junior and senior teams in 1989 and 1997 respectively.
Vassell also played professional basketball in Iceland and Spain before returning to Canada to coach. He served as head coach of the Bobcats from 2008 to 2010.
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