Posted on: December 4, 2017
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack have been one of the smaller teams in Canada West the past couple of seasons. Head coach Scott Reeves is hoping to change that with the announcement of their second committed recruit for 2018-19.
Brooklyn Golt of Reeves’ former team: Brookswood Secondary in Langley, BC has committed to the program. Golt is six feet tall and will be enrolled in courses aimed at getting a degree in Social Work.
“I never really looked at any other schools,” Golt said. “ The coaches of my high school team and Coach Reeves have similar styles which is something I really liked. I am really excited to play at the next level. It’s something that I have been working towards since I started playing in the spring of grade nine with my club team .”
Chris Veale is the head coach at Brookswood and has had his eye on her development since grade eight. “I have been Brooklyn’s high school coach for 3 seasons but been watching her grow as a player since 8th grade. In 8th grade she was coached by TRU alumni Brian Smith who did a great job of giving her a strong basketball skill base and a experience that make her fall in love with the game. In ninth grade she was again coached by TRU alumni Sarah Cameron and Brian, were she began to grow more as a player. After her ninth grade season she started playing club with BCs Finest coached by Frank & Tanya Konig. As a tenth grader ,she moved to the varsity team coached by Neil Brown and myself, taking the growing pains in stride she put in the time needed to continue to improve. Grade 11 was as expected ,she started to get some major min on one of the top teams in BC. Brooklyn has continued to play for BCs Finest in her off season continues to grow her skill and basketball IQ. “
Veale believes that Golt has many strengths which will endear her to the WolfPack. “ She is very coachable, willing to learn, works hard, is mature and has a great basketball IQ,” he adds.
Golt is also a proven winner. Brookswood has been a strong program for over 20 years (which included time when Reeves was the head coach). In grade 10 she was a role player on Brookswood’s three peat provincial champions. Last season, she was more of a scorer as the team finished third at the BC Championships. This year, Golt is expected to be the team’s strong player in the paint.
Veale adds:” Brooklyn is always working on her game, she is able to post up when needed and has really developed the ability to shoot from the mid-range and starting to stretch that out to the 3 point line. With training Brooklyn is working on foot speed and conditioning to improve on the defensive side of the game. “
Says coach Reeves of his latest recruit: “Brooklyn will be able to play out of the high post for us very well. She is a good passer and can shoot the high post shot. Her ability to guard bigger posts in our league is something we have been looking for.”
She joins Emily Ferguson of NorKam Secondary in Kamloops, BC as the WolfPack’s two committed basketball recruits for next season.
DOUBLE DRIBBLES: Veale on Golt’s development as a player and person: “Brooklyn has matured in so many ways since joining basketball in Grade eight.Starting fresh with no experience as any other kid there was a lack of confidence, she now walks tall and has become a team leader. She has set goals and knows that she has to work harder than others to achieve them. She is one of the most reliable people on the team, I feel confident to give her tasks on and off the court. The past two years, I put her in charge of running our Grade two to four youth girls basketball program, she has stepped up and been a great role model to those girls. And has had great feedback from the youth parents. “