The Courtenay-Comox Valley has been fertile ground for WolfPack volleyball recruits in recent seasons; now they’ve found one in basketball.
Head coach Scott Clark and the ’Pack have signed their third recruit for the 2016-17 Canada West season in six foot, four inch forward Noah Kaefer of Mark R. Isfeld secondary.
“He is a taller guy who can play away from the basket,” said Clark. “He has good length and is a good athlete. Very skilled.”
Kaefer will be attending Thompson Rivers to take courses aimed at achieving a Bachelor of Science. “I thought the campus was quite nice,” he says. “I really loved the culture that Coach Clark has developed in the basketball program and they are a team which is on the rise.”
Kaefer was coached in high school by former University College of the Cariboo women’s head coach Tom Elwood.
“I think my main strength is my shot,” he added, having played hoop for five years.
“Like most freshmen he needs to understand how hard a season is,” Clark explained. “But we think he has the background in being coach by Tom that he won’t have a difficult time with the work commitments. He has a ton of upside. Physically, he has a long way to develop and his skills could be a little bit better. Lot of those things will come with maturity. He can shoot, dribble and pass it and has good ability with either hands. He has the makings of a good basketball player. He is also competitive which is drives a guy to be better.”
Kaefer was a first-team all-star at the 2016 BC “AAA” high school basketball championships. He was considering going to Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC (PACWEST) before committing to Thompson Rivers.
Other recruits signed by TRU for the coming season are: Ryan Miller (six foot, six inch forward, Valleyview secondary), and Trent Monkman (six foot, two-inch, guard, Smithers secondary/Northwest Jr. Timberwolves).
IN RECENT YEARS: TRU volleyball had recruited star outside hitter Brad Gunter and his sister Carly from the Courtenay area. Brad Gunter has now completed his athletic eligibility while Carly will return for her third season with the ’Pack women’s volleyball squad in 2016-17.