The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees are proud to announce that 6’1” small forward Catherine Traer will join the women’s basketball team for the 2012-13 season. The Ottawa native is a highly regarded recruit out of Louis Riel High School and the Junior Under-19 Elite League (JUEL) Ottawa Nationals and Capitals club teams.
Traer was selected to Team Ontario for the U17 National Championship this past summer and became a key contributor towards the team’s gold medal-winning performance. “I was very thankful for that opportunity; the team had a lot of very good players and the coaching staff were great,” commented Traer.
In the summer of 2010, Traer suited up for Team Quebec for the same national tournament, playing up one year for her age level. She also participated in the 2011 All-Canada Classic, an all-star game held at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for standout high school players from across Canada – an accolade typically reserved for high school seniors.
Traer has played a variety of positions as a result of her height and shooting skill. She will be asked to further develop her perimeter ball-handling skills upon joining the Gee-Gees, a change from her post position with the Rebelles. “I know what they are expecting from me and I’m excited about that challenge.”
“Catherine is a shooter with excellent size, ball-handling ability and court vision,” assessed uOttawa head coach Andy Sparks. “I look forward to seeing her develop over the coming years as a Gee-Gee.”
Team chemistry should not be an issue for the incoming rookie. Traer will reunite with current Gee-Gees Kellie Ring and Émilie Vachon, teammates from provincial championship-winning Louis Riel teams. “I played with Kellie and Émilie in my first year at Louis Riel and they were both very good leaders – I looked up to them a lot,” explained Traer. “Kellie is a great point guard. She gets you the ball and is a teammate who makes it fun to play with her.”
The Gee-Gees are currently ranked ninth in the nation and lead the OUA East with a 6-2 record. The team will participate in an exhibition tournament in Montreal from December 28-30 before returning to regular season action January 6, 2012 at Laurentian University.