The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team received the commitment of Gage Sabean this week, an exciting and highly recruited prospect from Port Williams, Nova Scotia’s Horton High School. The 6-foot-5 wing brings the outside shooting and athleticism that Ottawa has become known for.
“We are thrilled about Gage's commitment. He is a fantastic student and a player we feel will be a major piece for this program moving forward. Gage brings size, athleticism and is one of the best young outside shooters in the country. He will have an immediate impact with the team,” says Gee-Gees head coach, James Derouin.
Sabean has been collecting MVP awards at tournaments throughout his years at Horton, this season helping the team to a 30-2 record with consistent scoring [regularly dropping 30 points] as well as leadership as team captain.
“The team will be graduating key pieces at my position, and I thought I could fit in there nicely and keep competing for a national championship,” explains Sabean, who visited Ottawa last July. “Getting to play with the current players and against them in practice, I know I can grow from that and get better. The team is up-tempo and likes to shoot the ball – those are the strong parts of my game and I felt like it fit me perfectly.”
Sabean has also honed his craft within the Basketball Nova Scotia system, suiting up for his province at the 2013 Canada Games as well as the U17 National Championships in 2014 where the team earned bronze.
In addition to the basketball team, the academically strong Sabean was drawn to uOttawa’s Telfer School of Management. “I’m looking forward to getting new perspectives on things, and I think it will put me in a good position when I’m finished basketball.”
For now, the newest Gee-Gee recruit has his sights set on this weekend’s division one high school provincial championships. Horton will host the tournament.
Ottawa, meanwhile, will host an OUA quarter-final game on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. against the winner of a Wednesday night tilt between Toronto and Queen’s.