The University of Ottawa men’s basketball team has received a commitment for 2017-18 from Borys Minger, a top wing prospect out of Thetford Academy who has impressed onlookers with his strength and athleticism.
“Borys is a strong student and has the type of character that fits our program perfectly,” says Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “He brings immediate size and athleticism to the wing position."
Minger, who is six-foot-two, has suited up for Thetford for the past three seasons. He came to the school, based in Thetford Mines, Que., in 2014, leaving behind his family in French Guiana. “It's difficult because the coaches are asking a lot from you on and off the court. You really have to love the game because you'll have to sacrifice pretty much everything else,” says Minger, adding, "I do have friends that became my Canadian family.”
Basketball-wise, Minger comes in confident. "I think my skillset has really expanded, I see the game differently, and mentally I got better [since coming to Thetford]. I think I obtained a lot of tools that will help me to succeed."
Travelling with the high profile Thetford Gold squad which amassed a 29-7 record this season, Minger has been looking for a top Canadian university basketball program to land at.
"I already experienced a lot of different places through basketball and I hope it keeps going. I don't know where I'll end up with it, that's why I'm trying to get an education that is valuable pretty much everywhere.” The bilingual prospect plans to study business. "Ultimately, I want to be able to touch everything, and I think having a degree in business will definitely help.”
“The young players we have added make the future very exciting,” adds Derouin. Minger joins the previously announced members of 2017 recruiting class, Chase Tynes (Dartmouth, N.S.) and Alex Muise (Hammonds Plains, N.S.).