With size being a precious commodity, McMaster women’s basketball coach Theresa Burns has reached all the way across the country to add new talent and obtained the commitment of forward Emily Pearson from Surrey, B.C.
“We are very excited to welcome Emily to our Marauder program,” Burns said about her newest Marauder. “She is an outstanding athlete having competed for both the B.C., provincial basketball and soccer programs. I see her as a strong, physical player who can dominate on the boards, with a nice perimeter shot and the ability to put the ball on the floor to attack the rim.”
Standing 6′ tall, Pearson played at Fraser Heights Secondary School and with the B.C.’s Finest Adidas Uprising club program. When looking at university options, Pearson wanted a destination that was both academically strong and athletically challenging, and McMaster seemed an obvious choice.
“Upon my visit, I was introduced to an institution that not only offered great academic and athletic programs, but also had such an unmistakable sense of community that it made me feel at home in my first couple hours of being on campus,” said the two-time Fraser Heights Athlete of the Year. “As Hamilton is a four-and-a-half hour plane ride from my home town, knowing that I would be surrounded by such a strong support system was an integral part of my decision-making process.”
With the Marauders’ program facing multiple graduation losses in 2017, coach Burns views this year’s recruiting class as vital to staying competitive and sees Pearson as a key addition. “Emily is a very mature individual with an easy going personality that fit in with our group right away. We believe she will transition to the CIS level of play fairly quickly and be a key contributor to our team’s success for years to come.”
While she has received numerous awards and honours for her play on the court, Pearson has also been the recipient of several academic accolades and made the Fraser Heights honour roll for each of the last three years. She plans on studying business at McMaster’s highly regarded DeGroote School of Business.
“From speaking with the coaching staff, to meeting my future teammates, to having very passionate conversations about Marauder basketball with our Super Fans, everything felt right,” exclaimed Pearson. “I am beyond excited to be a part of the Marauder family. I cannot wait to learn from one of the best coaching staffs in the country, and compete alongside some of the best players, in what should be a very exciting season ahead!”
Pearson becomes just the second B.C. recruit to don Maroon under Burns, following Clare Askew, who came east in 2004.