A provincial champion with the South Kamloops Secondary Titans, local Nick Sarai will look to bring that winning attitude to the court when he suits up for the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack next season.
The 6’2 guard became the first recruit of this off-season's class, declaring his intention to play with the WolfPack this week.
Sarai attended summer camps put on by the university, so joining the team was a natural fit.
“Nick is very familiar to me, the team and our program,” said head coach Scott Clark in a press release. “From being with the Junior Wolves program in Grade 4 to playing in our men’s spring league. We’ve been in contact for the last several years. When his season was over, we sat down and talked. I’m happy he’s decided to come to Thompson Rivers.”
Sarai was MVP for the B.C. AAA high school champions, noting the loss in the finals in 2016/17 proved to be a great motivator.
“We were a little bummed out after losing last year. But collectively, we made a pact to play for each other and it worked out this season. We are so close. Winning it this year in our Grade 12 year was like the cherry on top. Overcoming adversity and being able to get over the negatives and working hard to get to the top are things that I will bring to the WolfPack,” Sarai said in the release.
Now Sarai enters the summer with a different goal, beefing up to play against older, more physical players at the university level.
"I need to get bigger physically. I will be playing against men and not boys. I am hoping to put on some weight (at least 10 pounds) as I work out all summer and am looking forward to my first year,” he said.
He'll look to make an impact in his first season for a WolfPack team coming off an 11-9 season, which ended with a play-in game loss to Regina.
“I feel like I am a pretty good shooter,” he said. “I can attack. I can score. I am a good on-ball defender. I think I am pretty quick. I think my game can fit well into coach Clark’s system.”