Although it is still relatively early in the recruiting process – at least for U-Sport programs which usually tend to obtain most commitments in the spring time and even later – uOttawa Gee-Gees have announced that 6’4″ Chase Tynes, the MVP of this past summer’s Canada Basketball U-17 national championships, will join the program this coming fall.
Tynes was the target of several top-end U-Sport programs and consensus is that the slashing wing will be an impact player at both ends from the get-go, helping Gee-Gees ease the loss to graduation of 6’3″ Caleb Agada. An athletic slasher from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Auburn Drive High School), Tynes is expected to contribute in the uOttawa rotation immediately given Ottawa will lose Agada, 6’6″ Matt Plunkett and 6’2″ Adam Presutti to graduation after this season.
Most out east had hoped to keep Tynes, one of the top players in Canadian high school, at or close to home and Dalhousie Tigers coach Rick Plato, among others, was justifiably disappointed that his program could not sign Tynes, despite Tynes’ mother working at Dal. Characteristically however, Plato was very complementary, emphasizing that Tynes is “a great kid and we wish him the very best.”
Plato did share that the Tigers have received a commitment from another top end guard: 6’2″ Jordan Brathwaite from Bishop Reding H.S. in Milton, ON, who NPH rates as #92 in their Class of 2017 rankings. Brathwaite should help ease the loss of 6’0″ fifth-year senior Ritchie Kanza-Mata in the Tigers backcourt.
Also, NPH is reporting that their #44 ranked player in the class of 2017: 6’4″ Will Spaulding, another high-end player from Nova Scotia (playing at New Brunswick’s Rothesay Netherwood School) has committed to the Carleton Ravens. While Carleton historically has not formally announced their recruit commitments, assuming this is accurate Spaulding is another big get for the Ravens program as a big guard who can shoot it and Spaulding’s presence could help ease the loss due to graduation of 6’4″ Joe Rocca.