Thanks to our loyal and well-informed Southern Alberta correspondent who always shares his experienced thoughts with us – which we continue to appreciate – we were informed earlier today that the Pronghorns (already 5-1 in Canada West play and #9 in CANHoops.ca CIS Top 10) have added a top-end recruit for next season: 6’4″ guard Scott Mazutinec , a native Southern Albertan (Stirling, Alberta) who led Alberta’s U17 at the Nationals in Halifax this past summer, scoring 18.7 points and grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game at that tournament, finishing third in the entire tournament in scoring.
Mazutinec led the Stirling Lakers to Alberta’s 2A provincial champs last season despite being a 1A size school. A multi-sport star, Mazutinec is currently out after he was injured while playing Q.B. for Raymond H.S. (Stirling is a school of under 90 Grade 10-12, so their kids play football elsewhere – Raymond is about 220) in his last game of football vs Lethbridge C.I. (He was the league all-star Q.B.). He expects to return to the hardwood in about a month’s time.
Mazutinec, who pursued by as many as six Canada West schools, would have almost certainly played high school basketball in Raymond (10 miles away) too, but his father is the Stirling principal and Stirling has a long history of hoop success.
This is a solid get for Horns Head Coach Mike Hansen as he looks to back fill his veteran-laden roster for next season. Hansen will have to replace fifth-year starters Rob Olsen, Jared Baker and Brandon Brine, presently representing about 40% of their scoring.
Hansen will also welcome Lincoln Anderson, a former Southern Alberta Basketball League MVP who spent the past two years on a Church of Latter Day Saints Mission in New Zealand, back in time for next season. He is currently red-shirting this season after being away from the game for two years. At Cardston High School, Anderson was a key member of back-to-back (2011-12, 2012-13) Cardston High School Provincial 4A Championship teams and played on the Alberta U-17 Provincial Team in 2012. As a senior in high school, he led Cardston to a 12-1 league record and a team high 16.5 points per game.