McMaster men’s basketball coach Amos Connolly has gotten an early jump on recruiting with the commitment of Hamilton native Brian Hyrski for the 2014-15 Ontario University Athletics campaign.
A 6-9 forward, Hyrski plays at Sir Allan MacNab high school and will bring some much needed size to the Marauder line-up. One recruiting service lists Hyrski as the 41st best prospect coming out of Canadian high school ranks.
“We are very excited that Brian has chosen McMaster as his home for the next five years,” said Connolly. “While he needs to adjust to the tempo and intensity of CIS basketball, Brian brings a physical presence beyond his years.”
“I decided that McMaster is the best fit for my university career because in my opinion it’s one of the best schools and has one of the best basketball teams,” said Hyrski about his early commitment. “I would really like to be a part of that. McMaster is in my hometown and I have grown up watching the McMaster basketball team play.”
With his Marauders currently holding first-place in the OUA West division after the first semester, Connolly was thrilled when Hyrski let him know that McMaster was his choice.
“At 6-9 and 225 lbs. and with room to grow, Brian brings our team some much needed size inside. The OUA is only getting tougher and depth in the post is becoming critical,” Connolly explained. “Couple that with our strong guard play and we are starting to build the well-rounded and multifaceted team needed to compete for championships.”
Hyrski has already been exposed to a big time hoop environment at McMaster’s Burridge Gym, as he was a member of the United Leadership Academy team that played Huntington Prep of West Virginia last spring, including Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins, in a game that garnered wide-spread media coverage.
Having ended his recruitment, Hyrski can now focus on his final season of high school basketball while preparing for the next level. “I am looking forward to learning from some of the top basketball athletes at the university level, said Hyrski. “This is an intense level of basketball and I can’t wait to be challenged to increase all aspects of my game.”