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Joe Rocca Commits to McMaster

Posted on 02. Feb, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

2011 has been quite the year so far for first-year McMaster University head coach Amos Connolly. It started off with Top 100 prospect Brett Sanders (6'5" F) declaring he could only see himself in Maroon & Grey for the next five years, then highly-recruited Top 25 blue-chipper Aaron Redpath (6'4" G/F) announced he was on board for "Mac" as well. The good news keeps piling in, as Sarnia St. Christopher's star Joe Rocca (6'2" G) committed to the Hamilton-based university last night.

 

"It is with great excitement that we can finally say that Joe Rocca will be suiting up for the Marauders this upcoming season," says Coach Connolly.

"Joe is a proven scorer and provides yet another option for our attack. His competitiveness is matched only by his toughness - he despises losing and is determined to do what it takes to make himself and his teammates better."

"McMaster just felt like a place where I could see myself playing for the next five years," says Rocca.

"Since I walked on campus and met the coaching staff, it felt like home. I feel [McMaster] will push me as hard academically, as they will athletically, to help me become a successful person on and off the basketball court. Coach Amos has the drive to be successful. He works so hard at his job and the sky is the limit."

Rocca has widely been regarded as one of the elite shooting prospects in the country. He has also been named as a Top 100 nominee for the All-Canada Classic, set to feature the best Canadian content on one court in June.

After receiving interest from all across Canada and several NCAA programs, Joe's final shortlist of schools before his decision included McMaster, Windsor, and Western.

"I want to thank all the other schools that recruited me throughout this process," added Rocca. "It's flattering to be noticed as a player a school would want on their roster, but at the end of the day, McMaster felt like the right fit for me."

"Whether it be starting or coming off the bench, it doesnt matter," said Rocca. "I'm just going to work as hard as I can, work on my weaknesses, and the rest will take care of itself. The ultimate goal is to win a National Championship and I'll do whatever I can to help [McMaster] win."

Rocca is also very familiar with his fellow Marauder recruiting class members, Brett Sanders and Aaron Redpath.

"Brett and I played together [on the U17 Ontario team] a few summers back. He's a great player and a great guy. As a 'big', he can shoot it, can put it on the floor, and rebound, so I'm very excited to play with him," says Rocca.

"Having Aaron commit was a huge deciding factor for me [too]. Every time I've seen him, he has impressed me in different ways. He's another piece to this puzzle that will hopefully result in a National Championship in the end."

As for the McMaster coaching staff, there is still work to be done to build on what looks like a great foundation.

"The future is bright for McMaster Basketball," says Connolly.

"We are building from the ground up with extremely talented student-athletes. I have to believe that a young [frontcourt player] who wants quality minutes alongside an extremely potent guard corps would find the prospect of playing at Mac appealing."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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