By Andrew Hertzog

        BASKETBALL UPDATE         
VANIER STAR PLAYERS SIGNED BY NCAA SCHOOLS
GREG PAGE AND COLSON SÉNAT BOTH GO TO DIVISION 1 SCHOOLS
April 26, 2005



Greg Page 

Colson Sénat

Vanier College is very pleased to announce that 2 of the players from our team this past season, Greg Page and Colson Sénat, signed yesterday with NCAA Division 1 basketball schools. Greg signed with Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Colson signed with Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Both are excellent academic institutions, and they should get great and valuable educations, in addition to having terrific basketball careers. Both schools have had 100% graduation rates the past few years, which underscores their commitment to academics. Both Greg and Colson had other offers, and the academic reputations of the schools was a very important factor for them.

Lehigh plays in the Patriot League, which comprises schools which put academics first, and is comparable to the Ivy League (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.). Greg will be going into Business, although he has not yet decided on his precise major. The team has an excellent young coach, Billy Taylor, who played at Notre Dame, and who has done great things with the program since he took over 3 years ago. Last year (2003-04) they won their Conference and appeared in the NCAA Tournament. Lehigh is losing their starting small forward, and Greg should be able to compete for minutes right away.

Greg Page becomes the first CEGEP men’s player since Deon George of Vanier in 1990 to sign with an NCAA Division 1 school after only 1 year of CEGEP.

Robert Morris has a highly regarded Business program, which is what Colson intends to take. It also has one of the oldest Sports Management programs in the U.S. and is one of only 10 schools which offers Sports Management in its Business School rather that in its Physical Education department. Colson has not yet decided if he will specialize in Sports Management or in another business discipline. Robert Morris plays in the Northeast Conference, and finished in 3rd place in the Conference this past season. They also have a well-regarded head coach in Mark Schmidt, who played at Boston College and was an assistant at Xavier University for Skip Prosser, now the head coach at Wake Forest. The team is losing a few forwards to graduation, and Colson will have an opportunity to compete for playing time in his freshman year.

We at Vanier are very proud of both Greg and Colson. We offer our congratulations and best wishes to both of them as they say goodbye to Vanier and embark upon their university careers.



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