THUNDERBAY, ON–Scott Morrison and Lakehead University just picked up their first recruit for the class of 2013, and a big one at that.
The Thunderwolves receive a two-time OFSAA champion, leader by example, and above all, a character kid in six-foot point guard Henry Tan.
“The factors that led to this decision was the overall fit Lakehead offered in terms of academics and athletics. The coaching staff and players really made me feel comfortable along with the tremendous community support,” Tan told NPH.
Once you take into consideration what the 6’0 lead guard has done in his high school career, it is quite impressive. He was the point guard and consistent producer during Vaughan’s first OFSAA title, that featured the Canadian phenom we all know as Andrew Wiggins.
A year later, Tan was instrumental for Coach Gus Gymnopoulos in the repeat, this time without Wiggins, helping defeat a strong Eastern Commerce team in the OFSAA championship.
As it stands, Tan is rehabbing from a significant injury (torn ACL) which he seems positive about. Prior to injury, he was climbing the NPH rankings to as high as the #10 spot in the nation. How can you deny a winner and consistent producer that has played at the highest levels? You can’t.
Although Tan has seen a drop, he still remains as a Top 30 2013 prospect, and more importantly will have an opportunity to thrive at Lakehead, under Head Coach Scott Morrison. Key pieces Yoosrie Salhia, Greg Carter, Ben Johnson and Joseph Jones will be graduating, meaning heavy minutes will open up.
“I hope to provide my leadership, competitiveness, toughness, and desire to win. They’re losing a good core of graduating players next year so I could come in and play an important role immediately.”
Tan joins a top program in the CIS that has seen great success in recent years and will once again be among the cream of the crop this season.
With the addition of Tan, he hopes to sustain Lakehead’s winning ways for at least the next four years.
“I’m continuing to stay humble and work hard each and every day; I’m truly thankful for this opportunity.”