It's been the ultimate off-season for Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association teams.
Unable to play due to COVID-19, most teams have been able to practice when allowed, but the real work is to set eyes on the 2021-22 season.
Mount Allison University Mounties are the reigning ACAA champions and aren't resting on their laurels under head coach Steve Chapman.
Chapman and his staff have been busy, bringing in two recruits from New Brunswick and one from Ontario.
Mount Allison welcomed six-foot-four guard Jonas Munroe of Moncton's Harrison Trimble High Trojans and also added Davis O'Brien of Bernice MacNaughton High Highlanders for provincial flavour.
An interscholastic AAA all-star, Munroe and O'Broen are part of Chapman and his coaching staff's goal of securing top-flight New Brunswick talent.
'Each year we have three recruiting goals,' he said. 'One is to attract the best New Brunswick talent, second is to surround ourselves with quality student athletes and the third is to bring in NB players and beyond who are versatile and can play more than one position.'
O'Brien is a six-foot-one guard, who brings some sandpaper to his game, not shying away from physical work in the hard to play areas.
'Davis works very hard on every aspect of his game, from strength and conditioning as well as always improving his defensive and offensive skill set,' said Chapman. 'We are proud he is joining the Mounties. We are looking forward to watching him play at the ACAA level.'
The Mounties did reach outside the province, bringing in six-foot-seven forward Mason Helkaa from Lake St. Peter, ON.
Helkaa is a three-time Athlete of the Year and three-time team MVP at North Hastings High School where he will graduate this spring.
Tommies Making Plenty of Noise
Head coach John Hickey oversaw a major St. Thomas turnaround last season and the green and gold are building toward even more brighter days with a busy recruiting class.
The Miramichi connection is alive and well at St. Thomas including its most recent announcements of bringing in teammates Owen Amos and Evan Valanne.
Amos starred with the Miramichi Valley High Pulamoo and played for Basketball New Brunswick on the national stage at the under-17 and under-15 levels. He was part of BNB's memorable national bronze medal winning team in 2019.
He is a six-foot-three forward.
'Owen most definitely fits how we're trying to build the program,' said Hickey. 'He's a very willing defender and versatile on the offensive side of the ball.'
The Valanne name is certainly familiar to Tommies' fans and the ACAA.
Older brother Travis was a mainstay for St. Thomas, but Evan is looking to make his own mark.
'Evan is the type of person and player we're looking to bring into St. Thomas,' said Hickey. 'He will be a huge part of our program and establishing a winning culture.'
Hickey went a little further up the New Brunswick highway and secured six-foot-six power forward Shamus Cormier to the roster.
He played for Bathurst High Phantoms.
'Any time you can add a six-foot-six player with skill, it's going to help your program,' said Hickey. 'We're looking forward to watching Shamus' development. We believe he has a very high ceiling.'