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Gee Gees Land Top PG

Published by on April 2, 2011

After months of going through the recruitment process, one of the country’s top point guards has made his decision on where he’ll play in the coming fall. Just under a month since making a visit to the campus, Mike L’Africain gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Ottawa Gee Gees on Thursday.

“I felt comfortable with Ottawa because they are a young, talented team on the rise with really young and great coaches that I think will mold OU into becoming a powerhouse program,” L’Africain said.

The 6-foot-1 guard had it down to Western University, UBC, Laurentain and Ottawa before deciding on OU. He’s had a great high school career leading Loyola to three Halton Championships and picking up a silver medal this season at OFSAA 4A and the success he’s enjoyed at the high school level is something that he wants to see travel with him as he enters university.

“I see myself making an impact all five years because I’m going to outwork every other point guard in the country,” L’Africain said. “I think I can help get some of their shooters and slashers some more open looks. I feel comfortable doing that and that’s what the coaches want me to do as well.”

Evaluating Mike L’Africain…

January  2011 – “Once again, L’Africain impresses, showing that he’s one of the best lead guards in the country. He has great confidence and leadership on the floor, always communicating and looking to make others around him better. L’Africain has a high basketball IQ and is capable of handling the ball well with either hand under pressure, giving him the ability to run an offence while always making the right decisions. He also can be a scoring threat  from outside where he’s able consistently knock down shots. Whatever CIS school lands L’Africain, it will have something big to smile about.”

December 2010 – “Deceptively quick lead guard a with nice feel for the game, L’Africain is quick with the ball in his hands where he is good in the open floor creating opportunities to find the open man. He is capable of running a half court set, making sound decisions, is a good passer with solid vision but also has the ability to score the ball when it is needed as evidenced by his 35-point outburst in a big semi-finals match up against J. Clarke Richardson. Always calm and poised, L’Africain’s a high percentage shooter from the three, a plus at his position. His biggest weakness right now is finishing around the basket and must improve his strength to handle contact.”

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