Gleneagle Secondary’s Alex Klocek is one of BU men’s basketball coach Gil Cheung’s first recruits in the 2011 class. (SUBMITTED)
Perhaps no one told Turell Scott who his dad's arch-rivals were when he coached in Manitoba in the 1990s. The young son is joining the enemy.
Scott, who's father Tony was an assistant coach with the University of Manitoba Bisons over a decade ago, became one of Gil Cheung's first two recruits for the 2011 class, joining a Brandon Bobcats men's basketball program that for years was the bane of the Bisons' existence.
Scott, a 6-foot-5 wing who averaged 16 points and seven rebounds a game in high school, will join his Gleneagle Secondary (Coquitlam, B.C.) teammate Alex Klocek as a Bobcat next season. Klocek, a 6-foot-4 wing who played with Scott on the B.C. provincial team, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in helping Gleneagle into the B.C. AAA provincial tournament for the first time in six years.
"When (Cheung) gave me an offer for the CIS and told me I had the chance to be a key player in the years to come, I just thought that was the best offer," said Scott, who had interests from Victoria, Fraser Valley and Douglas College.
"I'm extremely excited because not everyone gets the opportunity and I'm very fortunate to have it and I'm just excited to go play at a CIS school."
Klocek is anxious to start a new chapter in his life and happy to do it alongside his teammate and friend.
"I think it's really exciting for me because I get to have one of my friends with me and a basketball player that I've been with for four years," Klocek said. "I would say I'm a determined and really hard-working player. I really get down on defence and I really focus on defence first and worry about my offence later. I'd say I'm more of a defensively-minded player."
Cheung, a Richmond, B.C., product who previously coached both players in the provincial team program, said it was important to tap into his home province.
He says Scott may still grow one or two more inches, meaning he could be a player to contend at small forward or power forward in a few years.
Klocek, meanwhile, likely projects to be a small forward or off-guard, in the same mould as current Bobcat Kyle Vince.
"Turell ... he has a great skill package but he's one of those kids that in years two, three, four, he's just going to get better and better and better," Cheung said. "... Alex is physically more ready to play. He played (power forward) this season, but he'll come in and play the (small forward).
"I coached them both through the provincial program and I think it's great to have kids you already have relationships with. And, first and foremost, they're both good student-athletes and character kids."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 27, 2011 B3