Mac basketball coach adds to his arsenal

McMasterWith 2013 recruiting off to a terrific start, McMaster men’s basketball coach Amos Connolly has added another potential difference-maker with swingman Leon Alexander deciding to become a Marauder this fall.

“The addition of Leon Alexander makes us explosively athletic, which is critical if we hope to make it out of a tough OUA West Division,” said Connolly about his newest Marauder. “Leon will allow us to better match-up with perennial powerhouse teams like Windsor and Lakehead.”

One of the top graduating players in Ontario in 2011, Alexander was named a Metro Toronto All-Star and helped his J. Clarke Richardson high school team to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Quad-A Final-Four, before moving to the U.S. to start his post-secondary basketball career. One of his teammates on that Richardson team was current Marauder standout Aaron Redpath.

“Aaron and I grew up together and we’re really good friends so while I was out of school after coming back from Iowa Central Community College, he suggested that I should come to McMaster and play for the Marauders,” said Alexander. “I never thought about coming back to play CIS but we kept talking and I also talked with my high school coaches and they all gave me good reasons on why I should stay and play CIS basketball. I had also been to Hamilton and Mac a bunch of times visiting Aaron and I liked the environment and thought it would be a great place to spend my remaining university years.”

The 6-foot-4 native of Ajax will join the Marauders with four years of CIS eligibility remaining.

Connolly is excited about what Alexander can provide to the Marauder squad. “Leon plays above the rim, is a strong rebounder, and loves to get out and run. Alongside his high school teammate, Aaron Redpath, his comfort level with our team and style of play should come quickly. We are ecstatic that Leon decided to join our basketball family and can’t wait to get him on campus, training with our players.”

“I’m pretty excited to play CIS basketball,” said Alexander. “I just want to get on the court and show people what I can do and try my best to make a difference for the Marauders.”

He becomes the third new addition for the Maroon hoop squad, after previous commits from Hamilton native Hamid Nessek and Trevon McNeil of Oakville.