CIS Programs Gearing up for Pre-Season, Matching up Against NCAA Competition

TORONTO, ON–As we near the end of the summer, the pre-season comes knocking on our doors. In particular, CIS programs are gearing up for their seasons by competing against NCAA programs. These games provide a good opportunity to see where the programs stack up against American competition, but also a good way to shake off the rust and get freshman acclimated to the team’s system while building chemistry.

In addition to CIS teams, CCAA, AAU, club and talent-heavy men’s league teams will have a crack at NCAA competition in the upcoming weeks. Tonight, I will be at Ryerson to catch the *A* Game Hoops Mens Team take on College of Charleston.

Simon Farine, Former Dalhousie Tiger, is one of several CIS stars that will suit up tonight
Simon Farine, Former Dalhousie Tiger, is one of several CIS stars that will suit up tonight | Courtesy: CIS

The A-Game roster features a plethora of talent composed of former CIS stars, NCAA players and current pros:

Player / University / Pro-Club Team

Simon Farine 6’2               Dalhousie                                       Maccabi Haifa

Kyle Julius  6’2                   Furman / Guelph                        *A* Game Hoops

Andry Sola  6’7                   Drake University                         Siroki Adriatic
Mike King  6’8                    Wisconsin Green Bay                London Lightning NBL
James Gillingham 6’4    Bradley University                      Trier German 1st Division
Daniel Eves   6’7                York University                             *A* Game Hoops
Tut Rauch 6’3                    York Univerity                               Oshawa Power NBL
Isaac Kuon 6’4                 Windsor University                    St. John NBL
John House 6’7                Belmont University                    *A* Game Hoops
Jay Mott                               Guelph University                        Bucuresti Romania
Brad Smith                        Western University                     *A* Game Hoops

The following are NCAA programs making a trip to Canada (courtesy of

Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference)

  • Tue Aug 7: Wyoming 79, Calgary 50
  • Wed Aug 8: Wyoming 85, Mount Royal 45
  • Fri Aug 10 (7:00pm) Wyoming at Calgary
College of Charleston Cougars (Southern Conference)

  • Thu Aug 9: Phase 1 Elite 71, College of Charleston 64
  • Fri Aug 10 (7:00pm) College of Charleston vs A-Game Hoops at Ryerson
  • Sat Aug 11 (11:00am) College of Charleston at George Brown College

Buffalo Bulls (Mid-American Conference)

  • Sat Aug 11 (7:00pm) Buffalo vs Montreal All-Stars at Champlain-St. Lambert
  • Sun Aug 12 (3:00pm) Buffalo vs Laval at Montreal
  • Tue Aug 14 (8:00pm) Buffalo at Carleton
  • Wed Aug 15 (1:00pm) Buffalo vs Brookwood Elite All-Stars at College Jean-De-Brebeuf

South Alabama Jaguars (Sun Belt Conference)

  • Mon Aug 13 (7:00pm) South Alabama at Windsor
  • Tue Aug 14 (7:00pm) South Alabama at Western
  • Thu Aug 16 (7:00pm) South Alabama at Windsor

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Conference USA)

  • Wed Aug 15 (7:00pm) Tulsa at Brock
  • Thu Aug 16 (7:00pm) Tulsa at Ryerson
  • Fri Aug 17 Tulsa vs Seneca College
  • Sat Aug 18 Tulsa vs A-Game Hoops


  • Fri Aug 17 Northeastern @ Bishops
  • Sat Aug 18 Northeastern @ Laval
  • Mon Aug 20 Northeastern @ Ottawa
  • Wed Aug 22 Northeastern @ Carleton
  • Fri Aug 24 Northeastern @ Queens
Eastern Washington
  • Fri Sept 7 E. Washington vs Thompson Rivers
  • Sat Sept 8 E. Washington vs UBC

Austin Peay Governors (Ohio Valley Conference)

  • Sat Aug 18 Austin Peay at Seneca College
  • Sun Aug 19 Austin Peay vs A-Game Hoops (at Seneca)
  • Mon Aug 20 Austin Peay vs ABC All-Stars (at Seneca)
Boston University
  • Thurs Aug 16 Boston at Bishop’s
  • Fri Aug 17 Boston at McGill
  • Sun Aug 19 Boston at Carleton
  • Mon Aug 20 Boston at UQAM

UNLV Rebels

  • Sat Aug 18 UNLV at Carleton
  • Sun Aug 19 UNLV at Ottawa
  • Mon Aug 20 UNLV at Laval

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