On The Right Path
Published by Gilbert Muako on July 20, 2010
The 2009- 2010 season was Aaron Redpath’s coming out party.
Last year, around this time, the 6′ 4” 170 pounds shooting guard was unknown, but after averaging 23.0 points, six rebounds and four assists this past season the scoring guard is now one of the top rising Canadian seniors in the 2011 class.
Redpath first opened eyes earlier in the season when he averaged 26 points in the Adidas Early Bird Classic leading the prestigious tournament in scoring, putting up impressive numbers against powerhouse programs, while proving that his J. Clarke Richardson High School team is a surprise team to watch for.
As the season progressed, it was evident that he had emerged as a standout player leading his team deep into 4A class OFSSA where they would drop in an epic overtime quarter-finals game versus eventual OFSSA champion Oakwood where he put on a shooting clinic, finishing with 25 points and nailing seven three-pointers.
After a hard and successful season, Redpath is now grasping the attention he wanted from NCAA Division I colleges.
“I got about 13 looks so far from a variety of conferences, the best being Stanford in the Pac-10 [Pacific 10 Conference] but I also have Harvard and Cornell in the Ivy League, and Davidson and Elon in the SoCon [Southern Conference] and then Dayton in the A-10 [Atlantic 10],” Redpath said.
The most interested schools have come from the SoCon however.
“I get the impression that Davidson and Elon are the most interested though.”
He is a shooting guard who can put points up without any hesitation. He has the shooting ability you look for in an off-guard with the ability to nail it from deep or from the mid-range with a unique release point which makes it difficult for opposing players to defend.
One major improvement that Redpath should be working on is his ball-handling so he can shake off defenders and find ways to take advantage of his great shooting touch by creating space for himself off the dribble.
With a return to J. Clarke H.S. in the fall, and a solid team to work with losing only one starter to graduate, the 85% academic student aims to step it up a notch for his final high school year, using the off season to fine-tune his game, in particular, his handle.
“I’m determined and dedicated to improving my ball-handling to become a more complete and effective player,” Redpath said. “I’ve been doing many repetitions and hours of ball-handling drills with elite coaches and players which will allow me to become the player I envision being for the upcoming season.
“Also continuous commitment to working on my jump shot, strength and athleticism will ensure I am the player I expect to be.”
Redpath hopes to keep on the right path. This fall the sharpshooter will look to impress and open a lot more eyes.
“I know I’m working hard to get better right now, so I feel I can get better [colleges] looks if I stay an extra year.”
With his shooting ability and constantly improving handle, there’s no doubt he could be good fit to any school looking for instant offense.