Marauders add more potential to court strengths

McMasterThe old adage that great players want to play with other great players seems to be holding true for the McMaster men’s basketball team with the commitment of stellar combo guard Trevon McNeil of Oakville as his newest recruit.

Graduating from the outstanding program at Holy Trinity Secondary School, McNeil has been a key player on a Titans squad that has been one of the top-ranked in Ontario over the last two seasons. Attracting recruiting interest from schools across Canada and in the United States, McNeil has been a priority recruiting target since indicating his interest in McMaster to Marauders’ head coach Amos Connolly.

“Trevon is a gifted athlete with significant basketball pedigree. His father, Toney, played post-secondary basketball and now runs the Oakville Basketball Club while his mother, Teresa, ran track,” observed Connolly.

“He has the ability to reach another gear when playing that compels his team to play at his tempo, creating havoc both offensively and defensively. Combine that with a very complete mid-range game and Trevon gives us another variable that opponents must contend with.”

“What made me decide on Mac was the vibe I got from both the coaches and the players. From day-one they made me and my family feel a part of theirs,” said the Halton Region All-Star.

“I like where the program is headed and I want to do what I can to help. Everybody on the team works hard and is dedicated and that’s what I want to surround myself with. After talking in my last meeting with Coach I knew this was the place.”

Equally capable of handling both the point and off-guard spots, McNeil can score, run the show, rebounds well for a guard and is a superlative defender.

Barry Hayes of the Hoopstars Canada Recruiting Service provided a scouting assessment of the newest Marauder. ”Trevon provides big game experience, versatility, and a great injection of athleticism as a combo guard option. He can really score; both in a catch-and-shoot setting or creation off the dribble, and has the lateral quickness and overall IQ to become an effective defender in the CIS.”

McNeil’s commitment comes on the heels of Hamilton guard Hamid Nessek joining the Maroon earlier this week. Connolly says his new recruits guarantee a bright future for Marauder basketball.

“This has been a huge week for our program. The tandem of Hamid Nessek and Trevon McNeil gives us scoring, ball-handling and defense at our guard spots for years to come. These two talented players will intensify practice every day and I expect both to push for minutes right away.”