Johnny B

After contributing to the the Gee-Gees’ basketball program for five years, Johnny Berhanemeskel is taking his talents to Estonia. The Ottawa native nicknamed ‘Johnny Basketball’, who set numerous school records while at the U of O, has signed with the Estonian club TLÜ/Kalev based in the capital city, Tallinn.

The OUA playoffs will take place on Feb. 28 at Montpetit Hall. Provided the Gees fend off the rest of their competition, they will look to compete for the number-one seed in the CIS Final Eight in Toronto starting in March.

The game stopped dead. The entire Gee-Gees squad huddled around their leader to congratulate him. Some members of the crowd, including those who had brought huge cardboard cut-outs of Berhanemeskel’s smiling face, bowed down in a gesture of respect. And with a glowing grin, Johnny B met coach James Derouin at centre court to receive the game ball.