Kamloops, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball will have a ‘man of steele’ when they take to the court for the 2017-18 Canada West regular season.
The WolfPack and head coach Scott Clark are pleased to announce the signing of their second recruit for the 2017-18 campaign, 6’8” centre Jon Steele of the G.W. Middle-Secondary School Grizzlies in Chilliwack, BC. He also played club basketball for Trans Canada Basketball.
“I felt TRU was the best option for me both athletically and academically,” says Steele, who helped his team finish first in the Fraser Valley “AA” league in 2016-17 and fourth at the provincial championships. “I know the Thompson Rivers University and coach Clark will push me to my full potential as a student/athlete.”
Steele will be taking courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Science degree at TRU.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” he adds.
When asked about his strengths, Steele says. “ I am a fairly good shooter and can dribble the ball pretty well for a taller player.”
He averaged 12.4 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks and four assists per game this past high school season.
“He is quite a mobile kid, good frame on him with good skills and play with his back to the basket,” says Clark-who recruited him after an inquiry from Steele’s high school coach and then following up with scouting him at this year’s provincials. “ He has good athleticism, frame and skills. All of those things need to be refined but he has the potential of being a good player.”
Steele’s head coach for both school and club basketball the last five years has been Jake Mouritzen. “ Jon has worked hard on and off the court, committed in the weight room and with his early morning on court training. He has excelled into a versatile big man who plays both ends of the floor.”
Mouritzen believes Steele is Coach Clark’s type of player: “Jon will come to the gym every day and give 110 %. He is a quiet leader who leads by his work ethic and willingness to give up.”
He adds: “Every night, Jon battled on the boards, dominating at both ends of the court. We will miss our ‘big man” who was able to push the ball on offense and dominate the paint on defense.
“He understands what is required to be good and he wants that,” says Clark. “He is a high achiever academically as well. Those types of guys want to achieve whether it be on the court or the weight room. Success follows those guys.”
Steele was looking at Douglas College (PACWEST) and the University of the Fraser Valley before deciding on Thompson Rivers.
Steele joins fellow 6’8’ Devin Halcrow of NorKam Secondary in Kamloops, BC as the WolfPack’s committed high school recruits for next season. “Devin is slighter and closer to 6’7”, says Clark. “In basketball there are two ways to create mismatches—either with quickness or size. Ideally you have both those things. Size is something you can’t coach and it’s tough to defend against.”
More signing announcements are expected in the coming weeks.