The book has not closed on the 2014-15 Gee-Gees men’s basketball season, but a pair of confirmed transfers is helping the picture for 2015-16 come into focus. Power post players Nathan McCarthy and Brody Maracle, previously of McMaster and Carleton, will join the garnet and grey in the fall.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have both Nathan and Brody join our program,” said Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin. “Both players are ready to make an impact right away and fill in perfectly for the graduation of Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue.”
McCarthy, at 6-foot-8, was sidelined in the fall of 2014 by an injury which took place during exhibition action on Oct. 25. That put a hold on his would-be fourth season, and allowed the timing for a transfer to Ottawa to line up. The Burlington, Ont. native who played against Mike L’Africain, Caleb Agada, and Moe Ismail on the Golden Horseshoe high school circuit averaged 9.9 points per game for McMaster in 2013-14 with a 53 per cent field goal percentage.
“I thought I had a good year, it was nice to get back to the final four after we went in my first year, and it was a great experience to get to nationals.”
“I screen and score pretty well – on the right side especially,” said McCarthy of his game. “I know it will be tough trying to replace Gab [Gonthier-Dubue] – he’s a great passer and a great leader. I’ve always had a lot of respect for his game.”
In addition to his scoring – McCarthy had a season high of 23 points last season – the post man is an active, physical rebounder. He notched five double-doubles in 2013-14 and averaged 5.7 rebounds and over one block per game.
McCarthy will transfer his credits from McMaster to continue his degree in Geography.
The McCarthy addition complements the arrival of Brody Maracle from Carleton. Maracle, a six-foot-seven native of Napanee, Ont., brings more physical athleticism to the post. He saw limited minutes in in 2013-14, playing behind Tyson Hinz, but posted a 56 per cent field goal percentage when he did hit the floor.
“Tyson took me under his wing from day one – I learned a lot and the biggest thing that he taught me was to use your skills, work on your game, get better when no one is watching, use pump fakes and get your shots off,” says Maracle, who will continue his studies in criminology. “The mental side of the preparation is so important.”
Maracle had success at the high school level at Holy Cross in Kingston, Ont., winning city championships and competing at OFSAA while playing the power forward position. He’s looking forward to joining the free-wheeling Ottawa offence.
“I think we’re going to have a great team next year and I can play hard, rebound and defend to give us a good chance at the OUA and CIS Championships,” he says.