Blue-chip basketball grad picks Marauders


McMasterOne of Canada’s top-ranked graduating high school basketball players has committed to joining the McMaster Marauder’s men’s team for next season.

Hamilton native Hamid Nessek has been a standout on the power house team at Hamilton’s Academie Catholique Mére-Teresa (ACMT), and was rated in the Top-25 Players in Canada by Canadian recruiting website Northpole Hoops.

Recruited by several schools on both sides of the border, including the Ivy League, Nessek is a terrific athlete, who combines offense and defense. As a point guard, he displays tremendous court sense and is a great passer. He is also an outstanding student who has an academic average over 90%.

An ecstatic coach Amos Connolly says Nessek is an exciting addition to the Marauder team. “Hamid instantly adds some more explosiveness to our back court. His strong work ethic and willingness to defend will provide us with another dynamic as we continue to build a championship calibre program.”

With so many options available for his post-secondary career, Nessek believes that McMaster was the best choice to meet his long-term goals. “It’s an institution that is greatly regarded for its health-oriented programs, and I personally want to become a doctor in the long run, therefore it’s a great fit,” said the Hamilton Separate School All-Star.

“Mac is also really close to home and I think as a player I can come in right away and have a positive impact on the team.”

Connolly echoed his newest player’s comments, “Hamid is equally effective at the point and on the wing, and perhaps most importantly, he is a very strong student with med school aspirations, making McMaster a perfect fit.”