KAMLOOPS, BC—The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball will definitely be taller when they hit the court for the 2018-19 Canada West season.
Head coach Scott Reeves and the WolfPack have signed their second high school recruit over six feet tall for the upcoming season. The Pack and Reeves are pleased to announce that 6’2” post Jenae John of St. Albert, Alberta will be joining the program in September.
John will graduate this spring from Paul Kane High School.
“I chose TRU because the smaller city and campus really appealed to me,” says John who will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Sciences degree. “When I came to visit it was impressed with the way Coach Reeves spoke about his team and the progress.”
John helped her high school team to three provincial championships and considers her physicality in the paint, blocking of shots, rebounding skills and matching up against other posts as her main strengths.
She has been coached at the high school level the past three years by Rick Stanley, who is also the principal of nearby Westmount Junior High School in Edmonton. “Janae has learned to be tougher in big situations as well as her level of intensity has picked up. She has learned how to control her body and have a stronger base to work from. She is kind, caring and very team oriented and possesses a top level attitude even when the coach gets after her.”
Stanley adds: “I think she is a player with a huge upside and will serve a great role as a low block defender. She is tough down low and isn’t afraid to play physical. Janae is an incredibly community oriented person with a good spirit about her. Janae is a selfless person who thinks of others before herself and I think she will flourish in her leadership in the future. She is a great fit for Thompson Rivers and the amount of community work their student/athletes do.”
John said she had some interest from schools in Alberta but only seriously looked at the WolfPack and Thompson Rivers. “ Moving away from home for the first time, I liked the idea of a smaller community. The school appealed to me because of the smaller classes and campus. The basketball program appealed to me because Coach Reeves was very open and honest about the way he runs his team. I saw a lot of potential for me to grow as a player and person at TRU.”
Says Coach Reeves about his latest recruit, “Jenae is going to be a perfect fit for our program with her terrific work ethic on and off the court. Her basketball skills and abilities are constantly improving. Jenae fills a position for us that we needed filled. She has good hands around the basket and can play with the physicality needed in USPORTS.”
John is the third committed recruit for the WolfPack in 2018-19. The others are: Emily Ferguson (5’7”, guard, Kamloops, BC-NorKam Secondary/Triple Threat) and Brooklyn Golt (6’0”, forward, Langley, BC-Brookswood Secondary/BC United).
DOUBLE DRIBBLES: John led her high school team to a top ten provincial ranking the last three years with a second seeded rating this December and January. Her high school coach has this anecdote, “She has an incredible smile and seems to smile bigger when she blocks weak side or makes an impacting play. It could be perceived as healthy emotions but we all know she loves to dominate or send a message on the floor.”
He adds, “ This is an incredible opportunity for a young athlete that is mature beyond her years. The WolfPack is getting a player that will be loyal and dedicated.”