Daniel McLaren (L) and Jack MacPherson (R)
Coming off a third-straight U SPORTS Championship appearance, the Golden Bears basketball team has added to their promising young core with a pair of Edmonton recruits.
Jasper Place High School guard/forward Daniel McLaren and Paul Kane High School guard Jack MacPherson are set to join the Bears for the 2019-20 season.
“We are excited to bring in two of the best young prospects in the city to our program,” said Golden Bears head coach Barnaby Craddock. “Jack is a terrific student and teammate. We are excited to see him make the transition to the U SPORTS level and learn from some of our veterans. With his work ethic and passion for the game, I have no doubt that he will make huge strides this season."
"Daniel is a talented athlete that plays the game the right way. He has great instincts and always seems to be in the right place at the right time,” continued Craddock. “Combined with his improved shooting ability and length around the rim, Daniel is poised to have a very successful rookie campaign."
Both recruits played for the U17 Alberta Provincial Team in the summer of 2018. McLaren also led Jasper Place to a Division 1 City, and 4A Provincial title in 2018-19.
“Danny is a high IQ player that understands the game at both end of the court. As a teammate he is a high character glue guy that will add to and help grow the culture within the team,” said Jasper Place High School head coach Matt Burrows. “I expect Danny to have to contribute significantly at the University level as he continues to develop physically.”
MacPherson, meanwhile, was named an Edmonton Metro Athletics All-Star this past season for Paul Kane. Both recruits have played both guard and forward, and each come in at 6-6.
"Jack is an extremely hard working student-athlete that has a dangerous combination of athletic ability along with an incredible passion and love for the game of basketball," said Paul Kane head coach Evan Eger. "With his high basketball IQ, coachable nature, and a burning desire to improve it is easy to see why he has achieved so much in his young basketball career."
"Jack joins a great list of past Paul Kane basketball players to take their talents to the Golden Bears, and we are very excited to see Jack Commit to U SPORTS."
The Golden Bears will be looking for a 13th Canada West title next season, and second in four years. If the Bears are able to qualify for the U SPORTS Championship in 2020, if would mark the longest streak in program history.