Chase Tynes was announced as the first 2017 recruit for the Gee-Gees men’s basketball team on January 8. The Dartmouth, N.S. standout has high-level experience being a key member of two Canada Basketball National Championship winning teams in 2015 and 2016. In last year’s tournament, he led Team Nova Scotia to the U17 title in Winnipeg and was named Most Valuable Player.
Tynes’ play on the floor was well represented in his impressive tournament stats, he averaged 20.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3.6 assists per game against top athletes in the nation.
The Bluenoser will bring unmatched energy and athleticism to the 2017 Gee-Gees, inserting himself in a lineup that will miss the attacking power of star Caleb Agada.
"I chose Ottawa because I like the city, the players, and the style of play fits my game," said Tynes. “I'm looking forward to playing under Coach James, I feel he has a lot to offer for my career and development as a player.”
Tynes, who joins Ottawa from Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour, N.S., will team up with fellow Nova Scotian; forward Gage Sabean, next season.
Head Coach James Derouin is elated with the the possibilities that adding Tynes presents. Noting that the signing represents a one of a kind of player that will become a key member of the team once donning the garnet and grey.
“Chase is without question one of the top high school players in Canada,” said Derouin. “We are absolutely thrilled about his commitment to the program.”
With the graduation of at least three starters next season, the team continues to prepare for the future with the emergence of dynamic young players. Tynes, along with Calvin Epistola and Sabean represent the wealth of talent and athleticism that will be the future of the team.
“We feel he can have an immediate impact as a freshman,” said Derouin. “He’s a dynamic wing player, who can be a game changer at both ends of the floor. Gee-Gees fans will absolutely love the way Chase plays.”
Once enrolled, Tynes will pursue a Bachelor of Arts, which he hopes will eventually lead to studying Education.