Hometown Boy Brady Heslip, Drops 28 in Win over Ryerson
- Bjorn Michaelsen– 18 points, 4 rebounds
- Jordan Gauthier– 16 points, 4 rebounds
- Aaron Best– 13 points 4 rebounds, 2 assists
- Brady Heslip– 28 points, 11/19 FG
- Perry Jones III- 21 points, 5 rebounds
TORONTO, ON–Kerr Hall Gym at Ryerson University has been known to be a fitting location for national team practices and games, yet on Saturday, August 12th, the Ryerson Rams welcomed Baylor University onto their home court. There were many in attendance to see Ontario’s own Brady Heslip and some for Perry Jones III, a blossoming future NBA draft pick. Nonetheless, this gym was packed with spectators who were very excited to get this game going, after watching some dazzling dunks in warm ups.
The BU Bears marched into this one as if they were on home court, getting off to an 18 point lead in the first 10 minutes. The home team was a little edgy playing against such an athletic and lengthy team; as these two things were the main differences in this 93-71 loss for the Rams.
After a slow start, a light was sparked by one of the newest members of the Ram family, Greg Osawe. He has always been known to be a relentless defender since playing with the Sheridan Bruins at the OCAA level, and this is what he came to do in this game by attempting to slow down BU’s ball handlers Pierre Jackson and Heslip.
Heslip was happy to be home and that was not only evident through his game, but also in his words after their win.
“That’s the best feeling my first college game, after such a long wait, you know the Boston College situation…to play my first game in front of my family, it means the world to me.”
Heslip was not to be slowed as he had a dominating performance putting in a game high 28 for his Bears. The sophomore went 4 of 7 from three point land in the first half, and finished the game shooting 50 percent from deep; which is something typical from a shooter of his calibre. Most people who have only heard or seen videos of Heslip shooting think that this is the only strong point in his game. However, since leaving Ontario to pursue his basketball dreams down south he has developed great court sense which allows him to spread the floor and create for teammates.
Baylor and the home town hero, Heslip will stay in Toronto to finish off their foreign tour in a game against an opponent that is to be decided.