Posted on: June 20, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack added some talent and versatility with the signing of their latest recruit. Head coach Scott Clark and the WolfPack are pleased to announce that 6’6 small forward/point guard Yonathan Michael (pronounced: yawn-ah-thin Mike-uhl) of Bellevue College in Washington State has joined the program.
Michael is not considered to be an ‘import’ as he was born in Toronto, Ontario before his family moved to Seattle, Washington.
“I chose TRU because it seemed like a great opportunity for growth on and off the court,” Michael says. He will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Thompson Rivers.
“He is a guy who can do a lot of things,” Clark says about his latest recruit. “He is a taller body and multi-talented. He can shoot really shoot it, can bounce and pass the basketball. He led his team in scoring and rebounded well, especially at the defensive end. He is an above average athlete. We were looking to get a little more athletic and quicker along with having multi positional players.”
Michael started all 30 league games for Bellevue College. He averaged 28.3 minutes, 15.6 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who made it to the NWACC championship final.
“I saw him at the NWACC championships and was unaware he was Canadian,” Clark explains. “Another coach contacted me about whether or not I was going to recruit him. The more that I saw Yonny and after I spoke with him, I knew he was a player that would be a great fit for our program. He came up and had a visit in May and liked it.”
“I was certainly impressed with how beautiful the city of Kamloops was,” Michael said. “I have seen a decent amount of Canada West basketball games and I’m aware of the adjustment that will need to be made as far as rule changes go, but I don’t see that being too difficult.”
Other committed recruits to Thompson Rivers for 2018-19 are Nick Sarai (6’2” guard, Kamloops, BC-South Kamloops Secondary/Team BC), Richard Mageto (6’1” guard, Surrey, BC-Clayton Heights Secondary/Team BC), Nathan Pasloske (6’4”guard, Nanaimo, BC-Brentwood College), and Brendan Sullivan (6’1” guard, Mill Bay, BC-Brentwood College).