No sugar coating required for Redpath

One of the top-rated high school basketball players in Canada will be bringing his sweet shooting stroke to McMaster.

Head coach Amos Connolly has confirmed that Aaron Redpath from J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax has signed a letter of intent to play for the Marauders in 2011-12 in Ontario University Athletics.

A 6-foot-4 shooting guard, Redpath is considered a top-25 recruiting prospect among Canadian high school players, and has been rated as such by Canadian recruiting service Hoopstars Canada and the Flagrant Fouls Canadian scouting web site.

Redpath’s Richardson Storm team is currently the second-ranked high school team in Ontario and one of the favourites to medal at the upcoming Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Quad-A tournament in March.

“It’s easy to see Aaron as simply a shooter because he is very talented, however, he will bring significantly more to our program,” says coach Connolly. “He is an intelligent player, who reads the game very well and can play all three guard spots for us.”

Through this point in the high school season, Redpath has won numerous tournament all-star awards, highlighted by being named tournament MVP at the Pinky Lewis Classic held at McMaster last November. His most recent accolade is nomination to participate in the All-Canada Classic, the country’s premier showcase for Canadian high school players.

His talents in the classroom are just as impressive as his basketball exploits, as he is currently carrying an academic average of 92% in his high school courses.

Connolly knows he has recruited a winner, adding, “Aaron is driven to improve and will dedicate himself to our strength and conditioning program. However, most importantly he is a student-athlete that we will build around because he is a leader and role-model – the type of player that will become an ambassador for McMaster University in the future.”

Redpath’s decision to attend McMaster comes after an intense recruiting process that involved interest from several top Canadian Interuniversity Sports programs and National Collegiate Athletic Association U.S. schools.

With Redpath joining Saltfleet’s Brett Sanders as early Marauder commits, Connolly is off to a great start with his first recruiting class, and he continues to talk with several other outstanding prospects about choosing McMaster for their university experience.

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