Heat add All-Star big for onset of Canada West competition

Ben Hindson, a 6'9" post will add height to the Heat. (Photo by David Nicholls, Island Sport News)

Facing bigger, faster, and stronger competition in the ultra-competitive Canada West men’s basketball league, coach Semeniuk has paired his 6’8” recruit, Julian Asselstine, with a 6’9” 225lbs post out of Brentwood College.

Ben Hindson, a dual sport athlete (basketball and rugby), has decided not to follow in the footsteps of both his brother and father, and has decided to play basketball. Ben’s father, Robert Hindson, or ‘Ro’ as he is more commonly known in rugby circles, will be inducted this August into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame for his long and outstanding career playing for Canada’s rugby team [Link].  Ben will use both his size and his rugby training to be the low post player that the Heat will need in Canada West. When Ben was asked to indicate his strength’s as a player, and what he plans on bringing to the court this season for coach Semeniuk, he replied simply with. “I think just being a big presence down low; especially on the defensive end of the court. This is what coach Semeniuk is looking for me to do next year.”

“I couldn’t agree more, Ben is very astute in understanding his role for the program,” adds Semeniuk. “I’m looking for the classic post; a big guy that will eat up space controlling the paint and boards for us. Hopefully he will be able to grab a rebound, make a solid outlet pass, and start the break for us.”

In Ben’s senior year at Brentwood he averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks per game, leading his high school team to a bronze medal at the AA Provincial Championships. This finish earned Brentwood its first ever provincial basketball medal. Ben’s high school coach, Blake Gage, himself a former professional basketball player, adds, “Ben was arguably the best big man we saw this year and was a dominant force at the AA provincials where he was selected as a first team all-star.  He has only been playing the game for a few years, but he has excellent basketball instincts and controlled games for us at the defensive end of the floor this season.  At 6'9 he has good size, a long wing span, and nice timing which allowed him to consistently challenge shots. By the end of the season he was savvy enough to know when to step in and draw offensive fouls as well.  Ben has been a two sport athlete until this time, playing more rugby (he is a part of our national development teams) than basketball, but now that he has chosen to focus on basketball, combined with the coaching he will receive at UBCO I feel he has the potential to become a real presence at the CIS level.”

Ben, a resident of Naramata, will be entering the Bachelor of Science program in the fall and found UBC’s Okanagan campus an easy choice, “The opportunity to play CIS ball was definitely a factor in the decision making process. It's a chance to go up against the best universities in the country.” Ben also adds, “To be honest, campus location and basketball were more the deciding factors in my decision.”

“I couldn’t be happier to add another quality big man to the program, we definitely missed Zaleski on the block this last season, and I look forward to the potential of both of my post recruits.” Semeniuk continues adding, “Both Julian and Ben will be put to the test as developing a big man takes a lot more time and dedication, but both guys have a great work ethic and I just know they will succeed.”



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