Rookie Chad Bewley has impact on and off basketball court

chad-bewley-elite-camps Chad Bewley has not only made an impact on the court, but off by teaching youth basketball at Elite Camps in the GTA. Photo by Willy Phan

Willy Phan
Sports Reporter

Humber Hawks forward Chad Bewley cemented his first season with the men’s basketball team as a team leader on the floor, and a community leader off of it.

Bewley dedicates much of his time off campus as a staff member at Elite Camps, an organization dedicated to running year-round basketball camps for youths in the GTA.

“(Bewley’s) a good guy,” said Hawks teammate Gibson Eduful. “He’s usually always off doing camps and basketball-related stuff so I think he’s a (community) leader.”

“It’s actually a lot of fun,” said Bewley. “We work with kids of all ages… I was blessed because of my first year working there.  I actually got to work with the academy team, which is basically a training program that goes through an AAU (Amateur Athletics Union) tournament.”

Bewley credited his job at Elite Camps to his reconsideration of playing basketball again, which lead him to joining the Humber Hawks.

Bewley spent three years playing in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) for the men’s varsity team at York University.  Afterwards, Bewley served as an assistant coach for the York Lions for a year while he worked at Elite Camps.

A co-worker from Elite Camps asked Bewley if he was finished with competitive basketball. From that point, Bewley rediscovered his desire to play varsity basketball.

“After watching for an entire year, I was like, ‘No, not really. I think I can still play,’” recalled Bewley, a fitness and health promotion student.

Bewley said he explored many options before deciding Humber was the best fit for him to continue his basketball career.

His playing style is compared by a rookie teammate to that of a retired NBA star.

“I’d say Chad is Rasheed Wallace with his outside shooting, his length, and his ability to score,” said RJ Ramirez.

Bewley finished his first season at Humber with averages of 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 treys made per game.

While these numbers aren’t exactly eye-popping at first glance, Bewley didn’t need big individual numbers to establish his status as a leader on the court. He used his basketball knowledge to help the Hawks secure a bronze medal at the OCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on March 1.

Bewley also competes in a pro-am league run by Megacity Basketball, which runs several competitive leagues across Toronto.

He played in China last summer after he was selected to the Power Canadian Development Team, a squad consisting of players from the Megacity Pro-Am League. The Mississauga Power, a professional team in the National Basketball League of Canada, manages the development team.

Bewley said he plans to play professionally for the Power after he finishes his career with the Humber Hawks.

“The trip to China was really an exposure trip for the (Mississauga) Power team to look at us,” said Bewley. “I’ve been in contact with them for over a year and I plan on going back (overseas) with them this summer, so hopefully I’ll be playing for them.”