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Basketball Marauders get a welcomed shot in the arm


With a veteran team set to return for the 2014-15 Ontario University Athletics basketball season, McMaster Marauders’ coach Amos Connolly has an unexpected addition.

The Marauders welcome forward Troy Joseph, who has spent the past four years at Long Island University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One program in New York, using two years of playing eligibility. Last season, the talented 6-6 forward was third in minutes played for the Blackbirds at almost 27 minutes per game, and averaged 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

 

A native of Ajax, Ontario, Joseph played for the outstanding program at Pickering high school. In 2010, he was a member of Canada’s U-19 national team.

“We’re ecstatic about the addition of Troy to our basketball family,” beamed Connolly. “It’s very rare to have a major-minute D-1 player, who is also a solid student, come back with three years of eligibility remaining.”

Joseph comes to McMaster, having completed his degree in Business Management from Long Island. “Approaching my final years at LIU, I was determined to leave with a Masters Degree,” said Joseph, who lived near the McMaster campus as a member of the Regional Elite Development Academy (REDA) program in 2009.

“Once I graduated and figured out exactly what I wanted to pursue, I started weighing the pros and cons between returning to Long Island for grad school and transferring to McMaster. I was already very familiar with the university’s culture and reputability and (Marauder) Aaron Redpath did a good job in showing me what McMaster has to offer.”

Taking advantage of the new Canadian Interuniversity Sports Canadian Repatriation rules, Joseph is eligible to play immediately for the Maroon.

Connolly says his newest Marauder should pose a match-up challenge for opponents, as a physical player who can rebound and defend while having the ability to score inside and from the perimeter.

“Clearly this boosts our depth and significantly raises the temperature in practice,” Connolly said. “Troy’s maturity and self-confidence make him the perfect teammate for our program. His arrival is a big shot in the arm heading into September’s training camp.”

Joseph was a member of the Long Island rotation in 2012-13, helping his team capture the Northeast Conference championship and garner a berth in March Madness, the NCAA tournament, but says he is very excited to start a new basketball challenge.

“I had a great four-year experience in New York City and met a lot of people I won’t ever forget, but playing close to home with people I know has always been something I’ve thought about but never thought I’d have the opportunity to do,” said Joseph, who knows Marauders Redpath and Leon Alexander from growing up in Ajax.

“Knowing a few of the guys makes it a lot easier for me to adapt to their culture and style of play.”

The Marauders will open the non-conference schedule with a home game on Oct. 4, when they will host Laval University. The OUA conference schedule tips-off on Nov. 7.

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