PORT COQUITLAM, BC–After shortening his list to three schools, Bret McDonald elects to join the UBC- Okanagan Heat for the 2011-2012 season.
The other two schools in the hunt, included the powerhouse UBC Thunderbirds and Trinity Western Spartans, both of which captured a medal this season at the CIS Nationals.
On the other hand, UBCO is currently part of the CCAA (Canadian College Athletic Association) and will be making the transition to the CIS next season.
“That is a huge factor…if it wasn’t CIS, I would not be playing there,” explained McDonald.
The 6’1 point guard out of Terry Fox Secondary in port Coquitlam, British Columbia is regarded as one of the top floor generals in the province. He led his high school squad to various accolades, most notably capturing a bronze medal at the provincial championships, where he recorded 21 points and 10 assists.
McDonald also mentioned that playing time was the biggest factor, as he will more than likely enter the season as an impact player for the Heat.
UBCO ended off their 2010-2011 campaign placed fourth in the BCCAA standings with a regular season record of 12-6.
Head Coach, Darren Semeniuk and company will have their hands full next season competing at a higher level in the CANWEST conference of the CIS.
However, after securing McDonald on the roster, the transition is sure to be a smoother one.
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