Volume 93, Issue 99
Wednesday, April 5, 2000
A time-out with the veteran
THE PERFECT TOUCH IN UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL. Bordeau closed out a lengthy career with style after being awarded CIAU first all-star team honours at the national championships in Halifax.
By Foad Mardukhi
Praised by his coach and respected by his teammates, Micah Bordeau has led Western's basketball team to new heights.
As the academic year and his university career come to a close, the English literature major reflected on his experiences with school, basketball and life.
Bordeau was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario but moved around southwestern Ontario until his family finally landed in London. His basketball career started at an early age.
"I was in Sarnia in Grade 4. The junior coach pulled me aside and asked me to play for him. I was a little taller than the average student," he said. "I always did fairly well in most sports."
Bordeau said when he was growing up, his dream was to one day play in the United States. However, he said he quickly changed his mind after hearing horror stories from former players about the realities of American college basketball.
After deciding to stay in Canada, Bordeau had originally committed to Western but at the last minute changed his mind. "I really wanted to get away from London and experience something new and [St. Mary's University, Halifax] was as far away from London as possible."
So Bordeau headed East and started for the men's varsity team at St. Mary's. However after two years, he decided to return to Western.
"In retrospect, my decision [to go to St. Mary's] was a little short-sighted but I learned quite a bit about basketball and life, being out on your own and fending for yourself. I was grateful for that."
Since joining Western's team, Bordeau's and the Mustangs' accomplishments have been outstanding. The team finished in the top five of the national rankings every year his name has been on the roster. In that time, they have only lost a total of 13 games.
Bordeau has also excelled as an individual. Co-captain Matt Tweedie had nothing but praise for his teammate. "In my opinion and speaking for the team, he's the best player in the country. He can score, pass, rebound he does everything."
Bordeau has been honoured as an all-Canadian twice, but he downplayed the importance of this recognition. "Before I received [the honour], I thought that was what I wanted, but when I received it, [it] wasn't the be all and end all I thought it would be. I realized it became more important for me to be recognized as a leader of my team."
Craig Boydell, head coach for the men's basketball team, acknowledged Bordeau as a role model. "He played through a lot of pain," he said. "He's had chronic back pain for the last couple of years and he showed up to play for games that most others wouldn't have. He has tremendous character and that was evident to his teammates."
When asked about the future, Bordeau said he wasn't done with basketball yet. "I'm going to play pro in Europe, I'm not sure where yet. Further on down the road I want to be a writer, so I'll try my hand at that."
Bordeau has experienced success at every level in life. His skill, dedication and character have left a lasting impression that both his coach and teammates agreed would be close to impossible to replace.
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