Mac men’s basketball snags first recruit for 2012

McMaster men’s basketball coach Amos Connolly believes in the old adage “the early bird gets the worm.”

And with that in mind, he has announced his first recruiting commitment for 2012. Cambridge native Jason Quiring has confirmed with Connolly that he will don Maroon this fall as a member of the Ontario University Athletics Marauders and signed his Canadian Interuniversity Sports letter of intent.

Quiring is a 6-foot-6 post, who is attending Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge. His Hespeler Hawks team is one of the favourites from the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association region to qualify for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations triple A tournament in March.

Ranked among the top 100 graduating high school players in Canada by Hoopstars Canada recruiting service, Quiring spent last year playing for the Regional Elite Development Academy which operated out of Hamilton. He returned to Cambridge and Jacob Hespeler when the REDA program moved its base to Orangeville for this season.

“As a quality post player Jason was a recruiting priority, so we are thrilled that he has decided to become a Marauder,” said Connolly. “He gives us another legitimate forward to help inside, but he has some perimeter skills and can knock down shots from range. He reminds me of (senior) Cam Michaud.”

Michaud (Grimsby) was an OUA all-star last season.

Jason becomes the second member of the Quiring family to join the Marauder family. His sister, Rebecca, plays for Mac’s women’s basketball team.