Aussie signs on with Marauders

McMaster head coach Amos Connolly is set to welcome his first import player, with the commitment of forward James Spurritt from Adelaide, South Australia, who will join the Marauder men’s basketball team this fall.

The 6-foot-4 Spurritt played at Scotch College in Adelaide and for the Sturt Sabres Club team in the Australian Basketball Association. The recruiting process began almost two years ago when Spurritt contacted Connolly about advancing his basketball career in Canada.

“I never really thought about heading to Canada, but one of my friends, Josh Owen-Thomas, recently went over to the University of Calgary. I thought it would be worth it to at least look at the opportunities available,” Spurritt said about the decision to come to McMaster.

“I e-mailed Coach Connolly and he quickly replied. I liked the way he went about things, and we spoke a little bit over the phone. I looked over the McMaster program and did some research for myself and was impressed with the school. The choice wasn’t all that hard to make.”

After determining that Spurritt was a player he would like to see in Maroon, Connolly helped initiate the application process for visa students and Spurritt recently received his offer of admission to attend McMaster this September as a first-year Social Science student.

“We are very excited that James will be wearing the Maroon and Grey for his varsity career. Adding depth to our front court, he is an excellent rebounder who plays the game with a physicality that we certainly need,” Connolly said about his newest recruit.

“I believe he will immediately compete for playing time and will compel his teammates to sharpen their focus on the boards. An underrated passer – his ability to use his strength inside will open up opportunities for our perimeter players.”

“I like to grab rebounds and pass the ball to teammates for open scores,” Spurritt said about his strengths as a player. “I’m also big on the ‘defence wins championships’ motto that you hear around the NBA.”

Spurritt will join previously announced recruits Jason Quiring and Rohan Boney as new Marauders.

“Broadening our recruiting area internationally is key for our program,” Connolly added. “Hopefully James is the first in a line of talented players from beyond our borders who will call McMaster home.”