The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team’s recruiting efforts for 2012 are complete following the commitment of Matt Plunkett, the fourth incoming player to commit to the Gee-Gees this season. The 6-foot-5 native of Barrie made the decision to come to the University of Ottawa late last month.
"We are extremely fortunate to pick up a kid of Matt's ability this late in the recruiting season,” commented James Derouin, head coach of the Gee-Gees. “Matt brings a variety of skills to the power forward position. He's a strong outside shooter, great passer, and is not afraid to get physical as well: a rare combination."
Plunkett played power forward for St. Joseph’s High School in Barrie, Ont. from grade 11 onward. He started his high school career at Eastview Secondary School, but transferred to St. Joseph’s to play one season of basketball with his brother. There he met coach Harold Regan, who encouraged him to focus seriously on basketball.
“I really developed my game working in the four spot,” says the future social sciences student. That development has led to a confident power forward who describes his game as “setting screens, creating for my teammates, and also being able to pick and pop.”
Plunkett was the primary big man and team captain for the Jaguars’ march through the 2012 high school season, which ended at the G.B.S.S.A tournament. He’s currently showing off his stroke while playing with the Barrie Royals club team, leading up to the Ontario Cup club provincials at the end of May.
The newest Gee-Gee credits the University’s downtown campus for drawing him to the program, and the culture of the team he encountered when visiting for swinging his decision. “The guys here are focussed on basketball,” he noted, “but they’re also enjoying it and having fun while they’re working [on basketball]. It was important to me to come into a strong program.”
The Gee-Gees’ promising recruiting class rounds out with two bigs and two guards. Moe Ismail (6-foot-4), Caleb Agada (6-foot-3) , Plunkett, and Matt Nelson (6-foot-10), are all performing extremely well for their OBA club teams, and some are still drawing interest from the U.S.
The team is expecting to host pre-season games against NCAA competition, which will be the first opportunity to see the new recruits.