One week after winning back to back RSEQ titles with McGill University word is out Canadian head coach Dave DeAveiro has been wrongfully dismissed as head coach of our Canadian Cadets.

DeAverio in his 16th season as a University coach & seventh at McGill entered the 2017 Final Eight championship with a career coaching record of 352-221 in 572 games overall. (.614).

Last summer Canada Basketball Vice President Rowan Barrett decided it was in the federations best interest to omit his 16 year old son from the U17 teams preparation for the U17 World Championships in Spain. Instead Barrett Jr was appointed a spot on the Men’s Senior National Team and would later meet up with the Cadets at the eleventh hour. Not only did the decision stifle success it derailed any authentic chemistry and cohesion Canada brought to the table against the worlds best. End result was a fifth place finish after crashing out in the quarterfinals.

Former Cadet head coach Dave DeAveiro was never one to throw himself verbal bouquets of praise. He is not the type to throw his former boss under the bus either. However FIBA sources have told Hoops Hype Canada that DeAverio during a post tournament debriefing was relived of his duties. A termination the federation have kept top secret since last summer.

DeAveiro as endured a lot of underhanded tactics running the Cadets program. For example when DeAveiro had intended not to start RJ the first game of the last summers tournament, choosing to integrate him back slowly intesad, his decision was overruled by Barrett Sr at the eleventh hour. Greg Francis was the messenger reliable sources validated.

DeAveiro was also ridiculed on how he allocated shot attempts. Barrett Jr finished with 83 field goals. Other blue chip talents — Brazdeikis 82, Shittu 81, and Djuricic 71.

If Rowan Barrett Sr felt RJ merited more field goal attempts at the U17 World Championships how did Emmanuel Akot (Arizona commit) and Noah Kirkwood (Villanova offer) feel about theirs? Together Akot and Kirkwood took only 60 shots combined. Questionable diet for a pair of 6-7 high major prospects.

Who replaces Dave DeAverio now as Cadet bench boss? That is a topic for another day.

More importantly what the public wants to know is what are we actually hiring? a head coach or a puppet?

A look at Dave DeAveiros contributions to Canada Basketball…

Had an extensive coaching history as an assistant coach with numerous Canadian national teams, including the men’s senior, development and junior levels.

In June, 2015, DeAveiro led the Canadian national under-16 team to a FIBA Americas U-16 championship in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. In 2013, he guided Canada to bronze-medal finish at the same event, held in Maldonado, Uruguay. In 2012, he led Canada to a fifth-place finish at the FIBA under-17 world championship in Lithuania.

He previously had a coaching stint at the Nike NBA Americas team camp in September, 2012.

Among DeAveiro’s stints as an assistant coach was with Jay Triano’s staff on the national hoops squad at the 2011 PanAm Games in Mexico, a 2003 pre-Olympic tourney in China, the 2007 FISU Summer Games in Bangkok (where Canada won bronze), the 2008 FIBA Americas under-18 championship in Formosa, Argentina and the 2009 FIBA world junior championship in New Zealand.