McConnell will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree
Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team will have a lot of fresh faces at the guard position when they open up their 2016-17 Canada West season this fall.
Head coach Scott Clark and the WolfPack have gone to the Victoria, BC area for their latest recruit. They are happy to announce that six foot guard Madhu McConnell of Oak Bay Secondary will be joining the Canada West silver medallists in September.
McConnell will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
“Madhu plays at Oak Bay which is a traditional power in high school basketball and has been well coached by Chris Franklin,” says Clark. “Reese and Kevin (Pribilsky, WolfPack alumna) are Oak Bay grads and are familiar with him. He is a competitive kid who really wants to do the right things in order to get himself into position to be successful. That fits with what we are trying to achieve here.”
The coach adds all three Oak Bay grads are similar in their disdain for losing. “Coming from a winning program where they have achieved and seen a lot of success, they get used to winning. And I think that is something that we are trying to establish here. We want to put ourselves in a position where we can be successful and have some success. At the same time, there’s an expectation of success. Before you get that, you want to establish things that will allow us to be successful.”
McConnell averaged 20 points, five rebounds and three assists per game this past season with Oak Bay and was a BC “AAA” second team all-star along with being a first team all-star at two tournaments. “I was looking at both the Vancouver Island University (PACWEST) and the University of Calgary but decided on TRU because of the area, the opportunity to play in the CIS and the scenery. The training facility (Tournament Capital Centre) is really nice along with the campus. It is a small school but I am a fan of the environment.”
Clark says like all first year players, McConnell will have to do some hard work in the gym to get himself physically ready for the rigors of University life and play in the Canada West. “He is a quick, athletic kid. But he has to get better like everyone else physically, mentally and training habits. That takes time but he has the right mindset to achieve that.”
McConnell knows what he has to do to be successful at the next level. “I will need to accustom myself to being undersized, gain some more muscle mass/strength and improve my court vision. I will also have become a more consistent shooter because of the deeper three point line and improve on selflessness.”
He admits the team’s run to the CIS final 8 was a factor in choosing Thompson Rivers. “It had somewhat of an impact. Making Nationals was an impressive feat that I definitely took note of and hope to help the team make it back there in the near future.”
Other recruits announced by the WolfPack for 2016-17 are: Ryan Miller (6’6” forward, Kamloops, BC-Valleyview Secondary), Trent Monkman (6’2”, guard, Smithers, BC-Smithers Secondary/Northwest Jr. Timberwolves), and Noah Kaefer (6’4”, forward, Courtenay, BC-Mark R. Isefeld Secondary).