KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s basketball team added another piece to its 2017-2018 roster. Amir Safar, a graduate of Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver, will join the team in the fall.
The 6″8′ forward/center started every game for five straight high school seasons and was a member of Team BC for one year. He was the most valuable player of the North Shore AAAA playoffs and led the Royals’ to the North Shore championship. Amir was also a playoff all-star. The standout performance came in the semifinal where he had 25 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
In the classroom, Amir will be studying general sciences and his long-term academic goal is to attend medical school and become a surgeon.
When asked on why he chose UBCO: “I chose UBCO because of the great campus, great science program and the great basketball team. The chemistry the team shares and the high level of play combined with a former professional coach just made it hard to go anywhere else. It is a great opportunity for me to further my academic and athletic carriers. I plan to help the team win as much as possible and help the team reach its potential. ”
Amir also coaches youth basketball, helps tutor students and teachs english to new comers from Iran. He speaks Farsi fluently and is the first person in his family to play a university sport.
Head coach Pete Guarasci likes the prospects of Safar “Amir is a smart player with a very good feel for the game. He has size, good hands, and a great work ethic. We believe he can develop into a very effective forward at our level and we are excited to work with him.”
Safar will join other big men in the 2017-18 recruiting class as Owen Keyes (6-10 P), Ben Kornelsen (6-7 P), Gurman Bhangu (6-8 F), and Kyrin Cybenko (6-6 F) have also committed for the upcoming season. Aloysius Callaghan (6-0 G), Jake Stokker (6-4 G), and Sterling Peterson (6-2 G) will add depth to the backcourt.
The UBC Okanagan Men’s basketball team will open their season at home in the ‘Furnace’ against a traditional BC rival in the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, however the opener will be far from traditional.
The Heat open their home schedule with a pair of matinees against TRU at the beginning of November with a 2 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Nov. 4 and then a 3 p.m. tip on Sunday, Nov. 3.