Head coach Scott Clark and the ‘Pack are happy to bring 6’0” guard Jass Singh of W.J Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, BC into the fold
Kamloops, BC—There is a common bond between all of the recruits signed the Canada West silver medal winning Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team. That bond is that all of them were all-stars in their respective BC High School leagues in 2015-16.
Head coach Scott Clark and the ‘Pack are happy to bring 6’0” guard Jass Singh of W.J Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, BC into the fold beginning September 1st.
Singh, a former Team BC player in 2015-16 was second team all-star at this spring’s BC “AAAA” high school championships as he led his team to a fourth place finish.
“Considering all my different options which included which school and level of basketball was offered, I came to the conclusion I wanted to play in the CIS,” Singh stated. “I chose TRU because they have a great basketball program and have a great coach who I feel can bring my game and physical fitness to a new level.”
Singh will be taking courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Science at Thompson Rivers.
“Jass comes from a school which has had a lot of basketball success,” says Clark. “Jass is very competitive in the classroom and on the basketball court. That means that he is willing to do whatever it takes to give himself an advantage. He is willing to put in extra study time and willing to be in the weight room and gym to give him more success. He knows there is a long road ahead. He is willing to put in those hours to have success—maybe not as a freshman but down the road.”
Clark adds: “Jass can really shoot the basketball. He is quick and an above average athlete. He can handle the basketball. He has been well coached in high school and the provincial team and a very, very good student. He has goal of going to medical school down the road. He is the type of player we are trying to attract here.”
Singh averaged 31.7 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game this past season.
His coach at Mouat was Trevor Pridie. “Jass can shoot the ball at an elite level with range. He is lightning quick and is a high character kid. He is very coachable and has a desire to be great on both ends of the floor. He is also very tough and doesn’t shy away from contact and goes to the hoop hard. His game started to evolve and grow into being more than just a shooter between grade 11 and 12. In his senior season, he started to become a much better playmaker and defender. He was second on the team in taking charges this past season. His ability to play in pick and rolls and make good decision was also much improved.”
Priddle has coached at Mouat for five years and he adds” “In my two seasons of coaching Jass, he never once lost a line drill in practice. In the off season of his grade 11 year, we kept shooting journals and I challenged them to see who could make the most threes over the summer. Jass made around 25,000 threes. He always is the last to leave the gym and first in. It is rate to see a kid who works so hard and trains at such a high level.”
When asked what he thought of TRU, the Tournament Capital Centre and Kamloops, Singh said: “A very beautiful place and very dynamic campus. Everything that a student could need in terms of food, clothing and nearly everything is within walking distance. It feels good to be playing under a great coaching staff and an amazing team. I’m thrilled to have a roster spot and earn some minutes as a first year guy.”
Other recruits committed to the WolfPack for the coming year are: Ryan Miller (6’6” forward, Kamloops, BC-Valleyview Secondary), Trent Monkman (6’2”, guard, Smithers, BC-Smithers Secondary/Northwest Jr. Timberwolves), Noah Kaefer (6’4”, forward, Courtenay, BC-Mark R. Isefeld Secondary) and Madhu McConnell (6’0” guard, Victoria, BC-Oak Bay Secondary).
Singh speaks fondly of McConnell. “I remember playing against Oak Bay on two occasions and they gave us a battle. Dude’s got some serious game and can’t wait to play alongside the guy at TRU and make some noise.”
DOUBLE DRIBBLES: Clark on a lot of guards signed as freshman: “This will make it very competitive in practice. We are trying to increase the level. You play 35 games a year and practice 90 times a year. You want a situation where every practice and every game sees the individuals on your team taking a step forward and get better. That is done when people are pushed and it’s a competitive situation. When you have that, what tends to happen is your people get better.”
Singh on goals: “I prefer team goals over individual ones. I want to be in a highly competitive environment and train with 100 per cent effort. I love to bond with teammates and build chemistry over time. I’m super excited to make a statement come September and make some noise as the greatest CIS team out there!”
Pridie on Singh:” Jass is an amazing hid, his work ethic is fantastic and he is so coachable. Whatever I challenge him with, he would always accept the challenge. I am super excited to follow his career at the CIS level. He is an explosive scorer and a lot of fun to watch and be around. He had multiple quarters with 20 point and 5+ threes.”