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Thunderwolves Snag Dynamic Winnipeg Duo

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

Fresh off their first OUA championship in school history, the Lakehead Thunderwolves are making it clear they want to stay atop the totem pole in the years to come. Head coach Scott Morrison has once again dipped into Manitoba to land two impact forwards, Joey Nitychoruk (Winnipeg, MB/St. Paul’s) and Michael Thorne-Finch (Winnipeg, MB/Kelvin).

 

We could not be more proud to announce the commitments of both Joey and Mike to join our basketball family here at Lakehead,” said Morrison. “We feel we have built our program to the level that can attract some of the best high school players in the country and we think we have done just that with our recruiting class this season. I have had the pleasure to become very familiar with both guys over the last 12-18 months of recruiting and I can say without question that these young men will be excellent representatives of Lakehead University and be the kind of players that can help guarantee our competitiveness for the future.”

 

Both Joey (15.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg) and Michael (13.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 59% FGs) provided the 1-2 inside punch for Manitoba’s Under-17 team last year.

 

At 6’5”, Joey stretches opponents with his abilities to run and shoot like a guard, while rebounding and defending like a forward. It gives him a type of versatility that will translate well to CIS competition. He was regarded as the #1 player in Manitoba this season and chose the T-Wolves over his other finalists, Victoria and Manitoba.

 

Joey is expected to contribute immediately and we feel he is an ideal player for the Ontario conference,” said Morrison. “He has good skills and will be able to match up with the 'big wings' and 'quicker forwards' that exist in the OUA that have given us match-up trouble over the past couple of seasons. He is a deceptive athlete and has a well-rounded skill set that is continually developing.

 

On the other hand, Michael’s ability to use his strong widebody frame (at ~ 6’6” 240-pounds) to outmanoeuvre and fatigue opposing big men in the paint provided him with plenty of double-doubles in scoring and rebounding as a high school star. He selected Lakehead over Manitoba and Winnipeg.

 

Mike is an important piece for us to solidify our long term depth in the post,” said Morrison. “He will contribute alongside his more senior teammates next season, but is expected to grow into our go-to guy in the paint before long. His desire to improve and strong work ethic are key factors for any big man and we look forward to working with him to help him become one of the country's top post players before his graduation.”

 

I was hesitant at first to leave home for university, but after going for a camp at Lakehead during the summer and taking my visit in the fall, I saw how dedicated the coaching staff is to making, not only the program better, but also making sure each team member succeeds both on and off the court,” said Thorne-Finch. 

 

I have a lot to work on to become the type of player I want to be by the end of my 5 years and I feel Lakehead is the best chance for me to achieve that goal. I’m excited to join one of the top teams in the country and look forward to doing all I can to contribute to our success next season.”

 

This is Lakehead’s third recruit in this year’s class from Manitoba, joining 6’3” guard Sylvester “J.R.” Alexander (Winnipeg, MB/Grant Park).

 

 

 

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*Photo of Joey Nitychoruk courtesy of Ken Gigliotti from the Winnipeg Free Press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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