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Posted on 09. Apr, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School

As the UBC-Okanagan Heat heads in a new direction next year, becoming the CIS’ newest team, they will also introduce an impact rookie to help them lead it. Heat head coach Darren Semeniuk secured one of British Columbia’s top high school players this year, receiving a commitment from 6’1” point guard Bret MacDonald (Port Coquitlam, BC/Terry Fox).


Bret is definitely one of the most intense competitors I have seen play in some time,” said Semeniuk. “He operates under a win-at-all-costs mentality and he has the toughness to back it up.


Looking to improve upon their 5th-place finish last year at the BC AAA championship tournament, MacDonald helped lead Terry Fox to the semifinals and, ultimately, a Bronze medal & First Team All-Star recognition to close out his high school career. He has shown the ability to become a stat-filler (e.g. 25 pts, 8 rebs, 7 asts, 6 steals in quarterfinal win over Pitt Meadows) to fit what his team needs for success through a seemingly endless competitive drive.


First thing was Coach Semeniuk for sure,” said MacDonald, describing what factors stood out to him about joining the Heat. 

He really connected with me well at first. Also, I knew a couple guys (like) the Roth brothers, who I have grown up with all my life pretty much, especially (Mack). (We) have been playing together since 5th grade and are really close. I also loved the campus, the gym, the atmosphere, and really felt like the program was going in the right direction. Hopefully I can help it keep going that way.”


MacDonald will be one of 23 top provincial talents participating in the BC High School All-Star Game this Saturday night at the UBC gymnasium.


Bret’s signing is a perfect example of an elite athlete’s choice to choose opportunity ahead of going to the most successful program possible,” added Semeniuk. “It is the integrity and character of an athlete like Bret that will take our program in the right direction as we make the jump to CIS. We are planning on a quick transition, in terms of being able to compete at this level, and Bret’s role with our program will be key.”


My goal is to help the team in any way I can,” said MacDonald. “Whether it’s playing 5 minutes a game or 30 minutes a game, I am going to work my tail off and do whatever I can for us to succeed.”


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*Photo of Bret MacDonald by Ron Hole from www.ronhole.com



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