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Generals go big with first two recruits

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College men’s basketball team is thinking big with its first two recruits of 2013.

After a successful season that was, in all reality, only stunted by injuries ravaging the post position, the Generals have signed two post players this spring. Ruldolphe Joly is a 6-10, 260-pound center from Quebec, Canada, and RaVonn Posey is a 6-8, 290-pound standout from Milwaukee.

“Those are the two posts that will kind of refill us, that kind of solidifies our interior,” head coach Steve Smiley said Wednesday morning. “I anticipate us having a pretty big team. Those are pure five-men, now we’ve got to go get some more diverse, athletic guys in the 1-4 positions.”

Posey was the Generals first signing of the season back in February. The Generals had an early recruiting advantage when pursuing Posey after his cousin Steve Ivory played for the Generals from 2008-10.

Smiley was clear that their recruiting mindset was inside first, looking to replace graduating big men Isaac Olejten and Brandon Pines.

“Ravonn has continually improved throughout his high school career and he had a great senior season for coach Rock Lewis at Milwaukee-Riverside,” Smiley said. “Ravonn’s visit went well, and this seems to be a great fit for everybody. We’re thrilled that he will be part of the family next year.”

Posey averaged 9.6 points and 9 rebounds per game last season, shooting 58 percent from the field. He was Milwaukee City All-Conference 2nd Team last season.

Joly comes from Alma Academy in Quebec where he averaged eight points and 11 rebounds per game, shooting 60 percent from the field. Alma had a 48-5 record and won the NSPAA & Canada Prep Championship. Considered to be one of the top players in Canada, he was selected to play in this past May’s All-Canada Classic, which invites the country’s top 24.

“We’re really excited about Rudolphe’s potential as a future General,” Smiley said. “One of the most common sayings in basketball is ‘you can’t teach size’ and Rudolphe not only has unique size, but also good strength & mobility in the post.”

Despite injuries depleting their size, Sheridan College finished 24-7 last season, splitting the North Region IX title with Casper College. Their season would end in the first round of the Region IX tournament.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had multiple injuries where they were in the same spot,” Smiley said. “It was an interesting deal, by the end of the year we had smaller guy playing the 4. You try to get as much as you can at each position (recruiting). But we’ve never had it before to that degree and I sure hope we never have it again.”

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