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Multi-purpose guard commits to Gryphons

Posted on 01. Apr, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School


The University of Guelph has landed this year’s Sarnia Mr. Basketball, 6’0” combo guard Eric McDonald (Sarnia, ON/St. Christopher), as part of head coach Chris O'Rourke's recruiting class this fall.


We are excited to have Eric join our program,” said O’Rourke. “He brings not only his well-rounded skill set but is a very driven and hard working young man that will thrive at the CIS level. He is a character person, strong student and very competitive athlete.”


Eric helped lead St. Christopher’s to another SWOSSAA championship this year and a trip to the OFSAA AA tournament in North Bay. As the #3 seed, the team made a great run all the way to the championship final. While Eric scored a team-high 16 points, they fell 41-38 in an overtime thriller to Smiths Falls. 


Guelph was the first Canadian team to put me on their radar and they stuck with me from then on, and that meant a lot,” said McDonald. “Obviously, it was a tough decision, but once I decided to stay in Canada they were at the top of my list.


Eric brings a great combination of toughness, smart decision-making skills, and a winning attitude. He is accustomed to playing many different roles, such as a lock-down defender, posting up and overpowering guards, facilitating the offence, or turning into the main scoring threat. All will be invaluable as he integrates himself into the Gryphons.


Guelph was the first school I visited north of the border and right away I was impressed by the campus, and everything they had to offer,” added McDonald. “They have a great coaching staff and I feel like I’m in good hands, both athletically and academically. Coach O’Rourke has this team heading in the right direction and he is working hard to build a bright future. I’m going to have great support here from both friends and family, and I’m going to be a part of a great team. It feels great knowing that I’m a Gryphon now and I’m looking forward to helping this team win.”


Guelph also adds 6’1” guard Zach Angus (Hamilton, ON/St. Mary’s ’09), who sat out this year as a transfer, and 6’3” guard Jack Beatty (Woodstock, ON/REDA) as newcomers next year.



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