Pirasanth Gunaskaram, Sports Reporter
Men’s basketball guard Curwin Elvis is graduating from the college after a five year career with the Humber Hawks.
“He’s a terrific player and a great ambassador for the game and it was an honor to have him on the team,” said Jim Bialek, manager of Athletics and Sports Information.
Elvis started his college career at Humber in 2014. He averaged 6.2 points, 1.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in his rookie year.
But that year he and the team first won a silver medal in the Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. That was followed with a gold at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.
“It was unreal,” said Elvis when asked about the experience of winning the championship. “It was a great experience and obviously one of my favourite moments for my whole career so far.”
He said that experience helped him in his career.
“At a very young age I understood the type of discipline and hard work and the mental toughness it took to buy into a concept that’s bigger than myself,” Elvis said.
He notes the teamwork mentally with that squad helped them with a winning season.
“Not a lot of people are willing to make certain sacrifices that I think all 15 players on that team made in order to buy in to just not winning those three games or nationals and getting us to ring,” Elvis said.
He credits to his success head coach Samson Downy when he was an assistant coach in 2015.
“He was more of like a player’s coach and he’s definitely been a big part of my maturity as a basketball player,” Elvis said.
Omar Miles, Hawks assistant coach, said Elvis’ leadership helped Humber with this season’s success, a bronze on the national court and a silver in Ontario.
“So we had a bunch of new faces on our team this year and the one thing that remained constant was assistant coaches and our veteran leadership,” he said.
Miles, who was also Elvis’s high school coach, said he was their captain for their secondary school team for all five years.
“Coach Miles was my high school coach in Grade Nine and he helped me stay strong mentally and focus on how I can help the team,,” Elvis said.
He wants to take care of his health now that his college career is over.
“Personally, I just haven’t really been healthy the last couple of years, so I’m probably going to stay away from playing basketball unless the right opportunities,” Elvis said.
He also planning on starting his basketball coaching career.
Elvis won the provincial gold medal in 2016, silvers in 2018 and 2019, and bronze in 2017. At the national level, he won silver in 2016 and bronze in 2019.
“It’s honestly been honour to play for Humber College,” Elvis said.