Cheng, Lancers Land Two Top Local Recruits for 2019-20 Season
Windsor Lancers men’s basketball head coach Chris Cheng has announced the commitment of two outstanding local recruits for the 2019-20 season.
Akot Aken, an explosive 6’2 guard who from Kennedy Collegiate High School and 5’11 point guard Kassen Chiang-Byas from Assumption College Catholic High School will be joining the Lancers men’s basketball program in the fall.
“It is important to keep local talent at home and I am thrilled that both Akot and Kassen have committed to stay home,” coach Cheng commented. “Windsor and Essex County produces talent and this speaks to the level of coaching they are receiving and the commitment to player development. They will continue to pave the way for future Lancers here in Windsor.”
Aken, this year’s Mr. Basketball in Windsor, led Kennedy to an OFSAA gold medal this season following an undefeated regular season. Throughout his career at Kennedy, Aken helped the Clippers to three WECSSAA championships, three SWOSSAA championships, and an OFSAA bronze medal in 2016.
“We are adding a winner to the program with Akot,” said Cheng. “Not only is he a champion, but a young man of good character. His ability to pressure the paint, play above the rim, create for others and defend his own position is the type of guard we need to boost our backcourt for years to come.”
Aken will study kinesiology and will also join the Lancer track & field program as a multi-event athlete. This season at SWOSAA, he captured a gold medal in the senior boy’s triple jump en route to a fourth place finish past weekend at OFSAA. He also brought home a silver medal in the 400m at SWOSAA, and two silver in the long jump and triple jump at this year’s OFSAA west regionals.
Chiang-Byas was also named Windsor’s Mr. Basketball during the 2018-19 season. A 5’11 point guard, he was named a first team all-star this year and finished the season as the Purple Raiders leading scorer. He will study biology in the fall.
Cheng is looking forward to working Chiang-Byas into the lineup. “Kassen provides us with scoring and another ball-handler that can get into the paint and release pressure.”
Both Aken and Chiang-Byas played their high school career under the leadership of former Lancer standouts with the program. Aken played for alumnus Pat Osborne at Kennedy, while Chiant-Byas played under Lancer hall of famer Ryan Steer at Assumption.
“Both Akot and Kassen have been coached by two alumnus which makes this commitment unique,” commented Cheng. “Through their coaching and leadership, I have confidence both are coming in prepared for this level.”