Mac’s Connolly snags another key cage recruit

The McMaster men’s basketball recruiting puzzle is close to being finished as another piece has fallen into place.

Stellar combo guard Adam Presutti from Oakville St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School committed to join the Marauder program in September.

The successful recruitment of Presutti brings an end to a long process that saw the McMaster program identify the 6-foot-2 standout as a key target over two years ago.

“Adam had been on the radar of several programs, including McMaster, over the past two years. He was the first player in this graduating class that I reached out to back in the summer which makes this extra special,” said coach Amos Connolly.

“I am thrilled that he wants to wear Maroon and become part of the foundation we are building toward being a national contender.”

Widely regarded as a national Top-50 recruit, Presutti has been a driving force behind the Loyola Hawks becoming one of the most successful high school teams in Ontario. Last season saw Loyola capture the silver medal at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations triple-A championship. This year’s edition of the Hawks is currently ranked third in Ontario and is one of the favourites to medal at the upcoming OFSSA Quad-A tournament in March.

“My family and I agreed that McMaster had the overall best opportunities for my future,” said Presutti, who is looking forward to studying in the DeGroote School of Business. “I feel part of a family at MAC and ecstatic about the direction that this basketball program is heading. I look forward to stepping into any role the coaching staff decides will help this team excel.”

“Plain and simple, Adam is a winner,” adds Connolly. “I view all of our recruits in that way and I think that attribute was a factor in them wanting to play together. We still need to bring in some size, and will continue to work hard to address that need, but I’m very happy today.”

Presutti joins previous men’s basketball commits Brett Sanders (Stoney Creek), Aaron Redpath (Ajax) and Joe Rocca (Sarnia) in Connolly’s first recruiting class since becoming the Marauder’s head coach.

On being part of such an impressive group, Presutti had this to say, “Through my high school career I have played against these guys and seen how talented they truly are. I am so excited to see what the future holds for us. We are all willing to work hard and push each other to higher limits to become the best players we can possibly be. These are my new teammates and family and by working together the sky is the limit.”