From the time he stepped on to the uOttawa basketball court his freshman year, nobody doubted that Josh Gibson-Bascombe would have a sure shot at a professional career.
Now, after an outstanding five-year career with the garnet and grey, the Gee-Gees all-time leading scorer has officially signed with the Czech Republic league and is set to open up the next chapter in his basketball career.
“I’m really excited, it will be a good experience, said Gibson-Bascombe. It’s something new and something completely out of my comfort zone.”
The 6’5” guard has had a truly remarkable year. After breaking the Gee-Gees’ all-time scoring record in November, Gibson-Bascombe continued to lead his team throughout the season and closed out his university career with top honours , being named first team All-Canadian as well as OUA East player of the year and an OUA East first team all-star.
The Toronto native explained that following a solid fifth year, he was quite hopeful he would get an opportunity to play overseas.
“I just hope to go there, have fun and perform at a high level. Just enjoy what I love to do… and enjoy not having to worry about school.”
“My time at uOttawa has definitely helped me prepare for this [professional career], Gibson-Bascombe added. Head coach Dave DeAveiro helped me mature as a player and as an individual. Five years of balancing school and basketball has taught me a lot. It was a lot of hard work and hopefully it will pay off in the future. ”
The uOttawa men’s basketball program has produced a number of professional level athletes over the years, including current pro players Gianni Constantiello and Ali Mahmoud. Costantiello played for the garnet and grey for four seasons (1999-00 – 2002-03), and has since played in six different European countries. He now plays for the Maroochydore Clippers in the Australian league.
Mahmoud spent the 2002-03 season with the Gee-Gees, after which he went on to play in the Lebanese Basketball League. He has been a starting point guard for the Lebanese National Team and participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
The University of Ottawa Sport Services congratulates Josh on this great accomplishment and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.