Published on the University of Alberta Website – May 8, 2019
The Salmon Arm Golds are sending a pair of talented freshmen to the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus for 2019-2020. Coach Dave Drabiuk is happy to welcome the pair to the Vikings. “Any time you can add good quality people who are strong in the classroom and know how to play the game, you’re winning by any definition. Salmon Arm Secondary has a reputation for being well-coached and these guys are a perfect example. They have fantastic habits already and I can’t wait to see what the next two to three years look like for this pair.”
The Vikings are coming off of a Bronze Medal finish at the ACAC Championship tournament and are looking to improve on that in 2019-2020. The addition of Evan Smith and Gavin Limber will compliment the returning core of players and “instantly make practices more competitive” indicated Head Coach Dave Drabiuk.
Evan Smith is a smart, multi-faceted guard who can distribute the ball and chip in on the scoresheet as well. He is enrolled in a BA of commerce program, majoring in economics and one day hopes to become either a CPA or pursue a career in marketing. Smith came to the attention of the Vikings coaching staff at a tournament when he solidly out-played a guard that the Vikings were recruiting at the time. Says Drabiuk; “that was an impressive statement game for Evan and certainly got our attention.” Smith says that he chose to come to Augustana because it gave him the opportunity to “play basketball at the next level, pursue a University of Alberta degree in business, and Augustana provides smaller classes and a more intimate field than a bigger university.”
Smith will be joined in the Vikings locker room by his Salmon Arm Golds teammate, Gavin Limber. Limber is a 6′ 8″ forward that brings a mix of size and versatility to his new digs. After a successful senior year that saw him garner recognition in several tournaments while sharing the leadership load with Smith, Gavin is looking forward to new challenges at Augustana. “I chose Augustana because I think it suits me the best as far as basketball and academics. I also had a great experience at the ID camp and all-star game weekend.” Limber went on to say; “Everyone on the team was very welcoming and competitive, they played well together and seemed like a very tight group of guys. I’m looking forward to seeing how I will integrate into their system this upcoming season.” Gavin will enroll in Environmental Studies and hopes to one day find his way onto a USport roster. Head Coach Dave Drabiuk on Limber: “He’s got a lot of tools that will set himself up to be successful at the post-secondary level. The physicality of playing his position at this level will be a challenge for him, but I am sure he has the tenacity and character to stay the course and develop into a top-tier player in our conference.”